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Rebels and Reds draw in Sydney

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The Melbourne Rebels have played the Reds 17 times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Rebels have won 7 matches and lost 10.

The Rebels’ 7 wins out of 17 matches give them a record of winning 41% of their games against the Reds regardless of venue.

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Brookvale Oval in Sydney.

3.00: A little bit of rain has made the conditions greasy, but nothing the players should worry too much about. The Rebels win a penalty and kick to the corner.

4.00: Taniela Tupou is offside; the Rebels kick to the corner again.

5.00: Jordan Uelese, the Rebels hooker, throws skew; he threw a few, last weekend and has started poorly in Sydney.

6.00: Tupou is caught offside again. Dave Wessels’ men don’t seem to have an idea of what they want to do. Last weekend, they altered between taking shots at goal or going to the lineout, and they are doing so again.

7.00: PENALTY! Matt To’omua opens the scoring. 3-0

9.00: James O’Connor, whose error led to the Toomua penalty, combines with Filipo Daugunu, but the winger knocks on.

10.00: Michael Stolberg is offside at the ruck. The Reds kickt to the 22.

11.00: Richard Hardwick wins the Rebels a reprieve after Brandon Paenga-Amosa is isolated near the touchline. Uelese with another wayward throw sees the Reds win possession and attack inside the opposition’s 22.

12.00: Andrew Kellaway clears his team’s lines.

13.00: Another penalty at the ruck, this time for holding goes against Melbourne. Queensland kick to the corner.

15.00: Both lineouts are struggling with conditions, this time Paenga-Amosa throws one skew and one is stolen, killing two promising attacks.

16.00: Scrum to the Rebels after another misthrow from Paenga-Amosa. Jeez, this is horrible. Free-kick to Melbourne, who went to early.

20.00: The Reds go 11 phases, the longest attack of the game, but knock on as they enter the Rebels’ 22.

23.00: Another series of errors by Tupou (one a scrum-penalty, the other a knock-on following the ball not being kicked into touch) leads to a scrum inside the Reds’ half.

26.00: Melbourne goes close, but are kept out illegally by Fraser McReight. Rebels come again.

27.00: Melbourne pays for not taking the points. O’Connor makes a big tackle on his line, holding up the attacker for a goal-line drop-out.

28.00: MISS! To’omua misses a drop-kick. 3-0

30.00: Rebels have a defensive scrum inside their 22. Toomua clears, relieving the pressure.

32.00: It;’s the two hookers again, this time Paenga-Amosa overthrows and Uelese knocks on. This is the worst two hooker displays I’ve seen in years, maybe ever.

33.00: Big scrum by the Reds sees them win another penalty, which they kick to the corner.

35.00: Get these two hookers off the field, their play is the worst in living memory. As for the captaincy: KICK AT GOAL!

38.00: Rebels attacking inside the Reds’ 22, expecting another handling error, here.

41.00: NO TRY! Hardwick thinks he’s scored in the corner, but his foot was on the chalk. 3-0

41.00: YELLOW CARD! Hamish Stewart is sent to the bin for a cynical act after his tackle, which slowed down the attack for the Rebels. 3-0

42.00: PENALTY! To’omua doubles his teams lead. 6-0

The halftime score was Rebels 6 Reds 0

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Sydney, Australia.

42.00: Pone Fa’amausili lights up McDermott. The Reds are on the attack.

43.00: To’omua is offside. McDermott is upping the tempo for his team. Wright wants another scrum, no shot at goal.

44.00: TRY! FINALLY! Filipo Daugunu steps inside his man dives over in the corner for the game’s first try and the Reds’ first points. 6-5

45.00: MISS! O’Connor, taking over the kicking duties from Hegarty, slips his kick wide. 6-5

48.00: Fa’amausili is bulldozing his way into the Reds, great to watch the big man run.

49.00: Michael Wells, under pressure, loses possession at the base of the scrum after another big Reds scrum.

50.00: MASSIVE SCRUM as the Reds bulldoze their counter-parts. O’Conner is going to have a shot from distance.

52.00: PENALTY! O’Conner lands the long-distance goal. 6-8

54.00: TRY! The Rebels hit back through Reece Hodge. Marika Koroibete and Haylett-Petty combined after a lineout inside the Reds’ 22 to put Hodge away in the corner. 11-8

55.00: MISS! The conversion is no good. 11-8

56.00: YELLOW CARD! Hunter Paisami goes to the bin after a dangerous swinging arm looked to have knocked out Koroibete, who went off for an HIA. 11-8

60.00: Rebels are 10 metres out. The Reds regain possession after a knock-on by Melbourne.

63.00: More poor lineout skills as possession changes hands, quickly. The Reds pack has been dominant, but they cannot hang on to the ball. Every attack ends with a mistake.

65.00: Scrum to the Reds.

66.00: Another scrum-penalty allows O’Conner a shot at goal.

67.00: MISS! The stand-off’s kick is wide. 11-8

68.00: TRY! Oh, dear! O’Conner misses the penalty and then throws the intercept to Billy Meakes, who races away to score. 16-8

69.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 18-8

74.00: The Reds are on the attack inside the Rebels’ 22. They win a penalty; the ref has had enough, who gives the skipper a warning.

75.00: Melbourne has conceded nine of the last 10 penalties and still have 15 players on the paddock: What’s going on with the officiating?

75.00: PENALTY! O’CONNER lands the easy penalty from in front. 18-11

78.00: Reds win a penalty and boot the ball to the Rebels’ 22.

79.00: Reds lose their throw, and with that, the game looks lost.

80.00: TRY! No way! Alex Mafi scores after O’Conner’s magic break and Chris Feauai-Sautia’s midfield charge. 18-16

81.00: CONVERSION! O’Conner levels. We have extra time! 18-all

EXTRA TIME (Known as Super Time)

ST1 – PEEEEP! We are back underway in extra time, also known as Super Time.

82.00: The Rebels slowing the game down, still using the box-kick to try to get out of their half.

84.00: The Reds steal possession, the Rebels attack, then knock-on again. Jeez.

86.00: MASSIVE SCRUM by the Reds – again! They have a penalty on halfway and, Hegarty calls for the tee.

88.00: MISS! Hegarty’s kick drops just under the sticks. Oh, boy! 18-18

Super Time Halftime Rebels 18 Reds 18

86.00: PEEEEP! Hegarty restarts the second period of extra time.

88.00: Hodge finds a 50-22 touch-finder, giving his team a lineout on the Reds’ 22. Here we go!

89.00: Another let-off as the Rebels botch their throw. There’s been 11 lineouts lost, tonight.

91.00: One last chance for the Reds, they move into the Rebels’ half.

93.00: The ball is booted into touch.


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The final score is Rebels 18 (6) Reds 18 (0) – after Super Time


Tries – Hodge, Meakes
Pen – To’omua (2)
Con – To’omua
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Daugunu, Mafi
Pen – O’Conner
Con – O’Conner (2)
Drop –
Cards – Stewart (Yellow, 41′), Paisami (Yellow, 56′)

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: George Ayoub



15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Matt Gibbon

Replacements: 16 Efitusi Ma’afu, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Trevor Hosea, 20 Esei Ha’angana, 21 Frank Lomani, 22 Rob Leota, 23 Reece Hodge


15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Harry Hoopert

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 23 Josh Flook

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