Super Rugby

Rebels beat Waratahs in Melbourne




The Melbourne Rebels have played the New South Wales Waratahs 20 times in Super Rugby, the Rebels have won only four matches, losing 16.

The Rebels have beaten the Waratahs twice in 10 games at AAMI Park, losing eight clashes in Melbourne.

  • The Melbourne Rebels have won two of their last three Super Rugby games against the NSW Waratahs, as many as they had won in all their 17 Super Rugby meetings prior (L15).
  • The Waratahs have lost their last three Super Rugby games against Australian opposition, scoring an average of just 11 points per game; a fourth consecutive defeat would equal their longest-ever losing streak in such fixtures.
  • The Rebels have conceded just one first-half try thus far in the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign, the fewest of any team in the competition; however, they have also managed to score only one try in this period.
  • NSW has a lineout success rate of 93% on their own throw this Super Rugby AU campaign, the highest of any team; however, their 71% success rate on their own feed of scrums is the lowest of any team.
  • Carlo Tizzano has made 21 tackles per game in the 2021 Super Rugby AU campaign, six per game more than any other player in the competition.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are –– at last –– back underway at AAMI Park, Melbourne, after 378 days since the last Super Rugby match in Victoria.

3.00: The visitors have started, they are going through the phases before Harry Johnson-Holmes charges into the home team’s 22. However, the sustained attack ended with a turnover near the Rebels’ try line, and the hosts clear the danger.

5.00: The Rebels have a penalty in a kickable position.

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

8.00: Richard Hardwick wins the penalty after Mark Nawaqanitawase runs down a blind alley and gets isolated. Reece Hodge boots the ball to the corner.

10.00: NO TRY! The Rebels pack drives the opposition over the goal line; however, the referee cannot see the ball because of all the Waratahs’ defenders lying in the way and obstructing his –– and the TMO’s –– view. 3-0

12.00: Will Harrison clears to touch after a kicking battle sees both teams play the percentages. Snoozvilles.

13.00: TRY! WOW! A slick attack from a lineout on the halfway line sees Lachlan Anderson take Tom Pincus’ deft offload to get the game’s first try. Reece Hodge opened up a hole for Stacey Ili, who ghosted through a gap and raced into the 22. Ili drew the defenders before popping to Pincus, in support, to put the winger away. 8-0

14.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 10-0

16.00: MISS! Jack Maddocks, for some strange reason, takes the penalty attempt instead of Harrison. Maddocks pulls his kick to the right of the posts from almost in front. 10-0

19.00: Mark Nawaqanitawase did well to run the ball out of his 22, but the fullback loses the ball in contact following a big tackle by Richard Hardwick.

20.00: BIG SCRUM by the Waratahs, who relieves the pressure with a clearance to the opposition’s 22.

22.00: Joshua Kemeny gets over the ball –– on his try line –– and wins the turnover penalty after a 13-phase NSW attack inside the 22. The visitors went to their pick-and-drive game but could not break the blue wall.

24.00: Pincus and To’omua combine near the opposition’s 22, but the fullback knocks-on, killing the attack.

25.00: Rebels win a kickable penalty from in front.

26.00: PENALTY! To’omua makes no mistake. 13-0

28.00: A promising attack comes to nothing after Tepai Moeroa knocks-on near the home team’s 22. The Waratahs’ inter-play between backs and forwards has been good; just no end product.

30.00: Oh, dear! More handling errors kill another promising NSW attack, this time scrumhalf Jack Grant knocks-on, under no pressure, trying to pass from the ruck. That is schoolboy stuff.

33.00: David Porecki’s throw is stolen, and the Rebels counter-attack from deep, going all the way to the NSW 22 before earning another kickable penalty. To’omua calls for the tee.

34.00: PENALTY! The kick sails through the sticks. 16-0

37.00: Superb scramble defending by the Waratahs to stop a blistering Melbourne counter-attack. Jack Dempsey wins the penalty at the breakdown to give his side a breather.

38.00: TRY! To’omua scores after a brilliant piece of individual skill. The standoff sells an audacious dummy, near the halfway line and speeds through a huge hole in the Waratahs defence. James Ramm flies up to tackle, but To’omua chips the winger and gathers the bouncing ball, and fends off Jack Grant to score. The ball took a wicked bounce in front of Nawaqanitawase, who had no chance, allowing the To’omua to collect and score. 21-0

40.00: CONVERSION! To’omua converts his try. 23-0

The halftime score was Melbourne Rebels 23 NSW Waratahs 0

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in the Education State where the Rebels are schooling the Waratahs, who are scoreless at halftime in Super Rugby for the first time since April 2018.

43.00: Melbourne’s 23-point lead is their biggest halftime advantage –– against any side –– since entering Super Rugby in 2011.

45.00: Grant wins his side an attacking lineout after a grubber 50/22, but the lineout is botched from another handling error.

46.00: Hardwick isolates Ramm, winning his second penalty at the breakdown.

48.00: The Rebels botch a driving maul inside the opposition’s 22.

51.00: Lachlan Swinton takes out Hodge, conceding a needless penalty to kill yet another attack.

54.00: The Rebels win a kickable penalty, Hodge calls for the tee because To’omua has left the field.

56.00: PENALTY! Hodge slots the kick. 26-0

60.00: All the changes have destabilised the Rebels, as they look to rest players. The game is breaking up.

63.00: The Rebels need to give their fans something to shout about, but they are making too many mistakes with the ball-in-hand.

67.00: TRY! Jordan Uelese crashes over the chalk after a powerful driving maul from his fellow forwards. 31-0

68.00: CONVERSION! Hodge makes it two from two for the night. 33-0

71.00: More reset scrums take time off the clock; the Waratahs just want this to be over.

76.00: TRY! Jeremy Williams finishes off a sensational counter-attack by the Waratahs to avoid the dreaded egg. 33-5

78.00: CONVERSION! Edmed converts. 33-7

82.00: TRY! The Waratahs go the length of the field to score after the TMO decides that the try stands. 33-12

83.00: MISS! Edmed cannot add the extras but it doe not matter. 33-12

*The conversion was awarded – 33-14*


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The final score is Rebels 33 (23) Waratahs 14 (0)


Tries – Anderson, To’omua, Uelese
Pen – To’omua (3), Hodge
Con – To’omua (2), Hodge
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Williams, Maddocks
Pen –
Con – Edmed (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Graham Cooper
TMO: Brett Cronan


Melbourne Rebels

15 Tom Pincus, 14 Lachlan Anderson, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Pone Faamausili, 2 James Hanson, 1 Cabous Eloff

Replacements: 16 Jordan Uelese, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Tom Nowlan, 20 Robert Leota, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Glen Vaihu, 23 Frank Lomani


15 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Alex Newsome (captain), 12 Tepai Moeroa, 11 James Ramm, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jack Grant, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Carlo Tizzano, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Sam Caird, 4 Hugh Sinclair, 3 Te Tera Faulkner, 2 David Porecki, 1 Harry Johnson-Holmes

16 Tom Horton, 17 George Francis, 18 Darcy Breen, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Jeremy Williams, 21 Henry Robertson, 22 Tane Edmed, 23 Lalakai Foketi

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