Super Rugby

Rebels beat Reds in Melbourne




The Melbourne Rebels have played the Reds 16 times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Rebels have won six matches and lost 10 times.

The Rebels’ six wins give them a record of winning 38% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.

  • The Rebels have won three of their last four Super Rugby matches at home against the Reds (L1), including a 45-19 thumping at AAMI Park in 2018, their biggest ever victory over Queensland in the competition.
  • The Queensland Reds have one Super Rugby victory from their last 11 Australian derbies away from home (L10), that win came in May 2017 in a visit to the Rebels in Melbourne.
  • The Rebels have won three of their last four Super Rugby games at home, despite being tryless in the first half of two of those fixtures.
  • The Reds have beaten 28 defenders per game in Super Rugby 2019, more than any other team in the competition and eight per game more than the Rebels (20).
  • Quade Cooper (Melbourne) has made nine-try assists so far this Super Rugby campaign, the most of any player in the competition and more than twice as many as Reds’ best Samu Kerevi (4).

Match detail

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In the meantime why not have a look at the match preview.

1.00: PEEEEP! The bell rings, and we are underway in Melbourne.

2.00: It’s textbook stuff by the Rebels; they play the percentages, pinning the Reds on their line with a defensive lineout.

3.00: No advantage because of a knock on by the hosts. Scrum just outside the Queensland 22.

5.00: the Reds are awarded a penalty within striking distance.

7.00: PENALTY! Bryce Hegarty opens the scoring. 0-3

9.00: Penalty for collapsing by Anaru Rangi and Tetera Faulkner.

10.00: Quade Cooper kicks to the corner.

12.00: Another clearance by the Reds, but it’s short, allowing the Rebels an attacking platform.

13.00: Dane Haylett-Petty knocks on a floated Cooper pass, killing the attack.

15.00: BIG SCRUM! The second rowers give the Reds’ scrum the power to push their opponents off the ball and win the penalty.

16.00: YELLOW CARD! Samu Kerevi is sent to the bin for taking out Will Genia in the air. It was an unrealistic contest, therefore dangerous. It’s the 10th card of the campaign for Queensland. 0-3

18.00: TRY! Marika Koroibete powers his way over the chalk to put the Rebels on the boars and in the lead. 5-3

19.00: CONVERSION! Cooper adds the extras. 7-3

21.00: Matt Philip comes around the front, blocking the driving maul from an illegal position.

24.00: The Reds are kicking too much ball away. They have been camped inside their half and not putting together any attacks.

25.00: Isi Naisarani is offsides. Jock Campbell is tackled inside the 22, but the number eight infringes at the ruck.

27.00: PENALTY! Hegarty doubles his tally. 7-6

28.00: Tate McDermott’s clearance bounces off Alex Mafi’s head and goes out over the dead-ball line, however, it is accidental offsides. Rebels opt for a scrum.

30.00: Genia’s quick-tap free kick leads to a penalty after Taniela Tupou slows down the ruck illegally. The attack was a bit static, no angled runs around the fringes.

31.00: Cooper’s cross-kick is not taken, but there is another penalty going against the visitors. Referee Angus Gardner gives Kerevi a final warning. Lineout.

32.00: TRY! Anaru Rangi flops over the white-wash from a devastating short lineout driving maul. The Reds had no chance. 12-6

33.00: CONVERSION! Cooper slots the kick. 14-6

35.00: The Rebels’ rush-defence is causing problems for the Reds. Chris Feauai-Sautia knocks on after being put away by his skipper. Mistakes inside the opposition’s 22 will be costly.

36.00: The Reds had only had 11 run metres before the counter-attack.

38.00: TRY! WOW! Isaac Lucas combines with Tupou down the touchline before running in his side’s first try. The Reds needed some magic and the boy delivered. It was a wonderful weaving run behind the defensive line that led to Tupou’s offload. 14-11

39.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 14-11

41.00: YELLOW CARD! Scott Higginbotham goes to the bin. Genia goes close but knocks on under the posts, but the Rebels get the penalty.

42.00: It does not matter, the Rebels make a mess of the opportunity, however, they take the lead into the shed.

The halftime score was Rebels 14 Reds 11

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

43.00: The Rebels have started hot, but they could not capitalise. The Reds’ scramble defence was superb.

45.00: TRY! Faulkner scores in the corner after a wonderful first-phase attack from a scrum inside the Rebels’ half. Billy Meakes put Reece Hodge through a gap. The centre combines with Genia, who puts the prop away. 19-11

46.00: MISS! Cooper’s kick lands on the crossbar and bounces out. 19-11

49.00: Scrum to the hosts.

51.00: TRY! Dane Haylett-Petty finishes off a wonderful move after Hodge’s break. the forwards and backs combined before the fullback dotted down. It’s a big blow to the Reds. 24-11

52.00: MISS! Cooper’s radar is on the blink. 24-11

54.00: COOPER LEAVES THE FIELD! He will be checked for a head injury.

56.00: TRY! Harry Hoopert scores his second Super Rugby try after a well-executed driving maul. Queensland is not out of this game. 24-16

57.00: CONVERSION! Hegarty adds the extras. 24-18

59.00: Kerevi gets another lecture. Queensland has conceded 11 penalties to six. Hodge will take a shot.

60.00: PENALTY! Hodge extends the lead to nine. 27-18

64.00: Mr Gardner speaks to Haylett-Petty for multiple infringements in the red zone. Reds set-up another rolling maul.

66.00: We are checking with the TMO to see if Tupou has grounded the ball.

66.00: NO TRY! Tupou is held up by Genia and Matt Gibbon. 27-18

67.00: Quade Cooper will not return.

68.00: BIG SCRUM! Melbourne wins the scrum-penalty.

69.00: Philip is caught offsides at the next ruck. Wessels’ men have conceded three in a row. Hegarty will take a shot at goal.

70.00: PENALTY! Hegarty knocks over the kick. 27-21

73.00: The Rebels are back inside the Reds’ half, and going through the phases.

76.00: The crowd roars as they are awarded a penalty at the breakdown. It’s in a very kickable position.

78.00: PENALTY! Hodge puts the game to bed. 30-18

81.00: The Reds win a penalty giving them a chance at a bonus-point.

83.00: PENALTY! Hegarty gets the job done, but Brad thorn’s men lose in Melbourne. 30-24


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The final score is Rebels 30 (14) Reds 24 (11)


Tries – Koroibete, Rangi, Faulkner, D. Haylett-Petty
Pen – Hodge (2)
Con – Cooper (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Lucas, Hoopert
Pen – Hegarty (4)
Con – Hegarty
Drop –
Cards – Kerevi (Yellow, 16′), Higginbotham (Yellow, 41′)

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: George Ayoub



15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner.

Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Pone Fa’amausili, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Campbell Magnay.


15 Hamish Stewart, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 12 Samu Kerevi (captain), 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 JP Smith.

Replacements: 16 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 20 Caleb Timu, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Duncan Paia’aua, 23 Isaac Lucas.

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