Super Rugby

Waratahs beat Rebels in Melbourne




The Melbourne Rebels have played the Waratahs 16 times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Rebels have won twice, losing 14 times.

The Rebels’ two wins give them a record of winning 13% of their matches against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

  • The NSW Waratahs have won 14 of their 16 matches against the Rebels in Super Rugby (L2), including their last five matches.
  • Six of the last eight Australian derbies in Super Rugby have been won by the home team on the day, with two of the last three won by the team trailing at half-time on the day.
  • Melbourne has won four games on home soil in Super Rugby 2019; they have never won five home games within the span of a single season.
  • The Rebels have stolen 19 lineouts thus far in Super Rugby 2019, more than any other team in the competition.
  • Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs) has made 15 tackles per game this Super Rugby season, more than any other player in the competition and four per game more than Rebels’ best Luke Jones (11).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Australia for this Aussie derby at AAMI Park, Melbourne.

2.00: Rob Simmons earns his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Waratahs.

4.00: Damien Fitzpatrick is taking his time to wipe the ball dry. It’s very greasy out there because of some heavy rain in Victoria. Bernard Foley claims a mark after a kicking duel.

5.00: Will Genia drops the ball as it came down from the lineout. Poor from the scrumhalf and it kills a good attacking opportunity outside the Tahs’ 22.

7.00: TRY! Adam Ashley-Cooper finishes off a wonderful backline move. Kurtley Beale’s break and a missed tackle by Dane Haylett-Petty on Curtis Rona helped put the visitors on the board. 0-5

8.00: CONVERSION! Foley adds the extras. 0-7

10.00: The home team earn a penalty in kicking distance to the poles; Quade Cooper calls for the tee.

11.00: PENALTY! Cooper puts the Rebels on the board. 3-7

13.00: The Tahs are back on the front foot and making metres inside the opposition’s 22.

15.00: An eight-phase attack ends when Beale’s grubber is collected by the Rebels, who clear. The ball does not go out, but Cooper smashes Beale. Reece Hodge’s finger is dislocated in the double-tackle om Beale.

16.00: Matt Philip infringes at the breakdown. Foley calls for the tee. The kick is in front of the posts and 15 metres out, so it shouldn’t be a problem.

17.00: PENALTY! Foley cancels out Cooper’s penalty. 3-10

19.00: Another penalty allows Foley to kick deep into Rebels’ territory. Adam Coleman sacks Nick Phipps but is adjudged to have knocked on during the tackle. The crowd boos referee Paul Williams.

21.00: Genia clears on his line after Rona’s grubber is cleaned up by the home side.

22.00: Another penalty advantage to the visitors for a ruck indiscretion at the previous lineout for offside. Foley will take another shot at goal.

24.00: PENALTY! Foley extends the lead to 10 points. 3-13

26.00: Another smart grubber from the Tahs is cleaned up by Cooper, this time. Cooper is tackled behind his line after carrying the ball back into the in-goal, giving the Waratahs another attacking scrum.

28.00: Scrum-penalty for the Tahs. They want another one.

29.00: What a tackle! Rona takes Foley’s long, floated pass, but the big man is tackled in to touch by Matt To’omua and Co. Rona proceeds to drop a clearance-kick into touch, releasing the pressure on the hosts.

30.00: Melbourne needs to get some possession.

31.00: WHAT! Rona, this time, makes the try-saving tackle. He tracks across from the left wing to smoke Marika Koroibete. Somehow, Koroibete stays in bounds and offloads to a team-mate, but the ball is lost forward. The Rebels get a scrum because the ball came off an NSW hand before the knock on.

33.00: NO TRY! A big scrum by the Rebels ends with the ball being held-up. The TMO decides to up-hold the ref’s original call. Melbourne should have been composed, instead, they botch the attack. 3-13

35.00: NO TRY! The Rebels batter the NSW try-line and after nine-phases Dave Wessels’ charges get over the line. The referee goes upstairs to check for a knock on by Anaru Rangi. He did, so New South Wales survive. 3-13

38.00: Wessels will be pulling his hair out; his side has lacked composure and missed a couple of chances to reduce the gap.

41.00: The siren goes. Genia has had enough and boots the ball into touch.

The halftime score was Rebels 3 Waratahs 13

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Melbourne.

43.00: Both teams continue with the kicking battle as they look to play in the other’s half.

44.00: Richard Hardwick wins a penalty at the breakdown to the delight of the crowd, but another knock on from the following lineout, kills the attack.

46.00: Tahs win a free-kick from the resulting scrum, and clear. Lots of kicking in the early stages of the second half.

49.00: TRY! Cooper is over! Haylett-Petty takes Koroibete’s offload and plays Cooper, on his inside, for the try. The score came from a powerful lineout drive before the Rebels went wide. 8-13

50.00: CONVERSION! Cooper slots the kick. 10-13

53.00: The ref misses a knock on by Phipps, to the displeasure of the Rebels, which gives the Tahs an attacking scrum inside their host’s 22.

54.00: TRY! Rona picks up a bouncing ball after Ashley-Cooper’s strong run and outrageous offload before being tackled into touch and scores his 13th Super Rugby try. The ball went through Hodge’s feet and bounced off Rona’s boot. The killer blow for Melbourne. 10-18

56.00: CONVERSION! Foley adds the extras. 10-20

59.00: TRY! Melbourne botches another chance, but they regather for Genia to score his 24th Super Rugby try and fifth this season. 15-20

60.00: MISS! Cooper’s kick is wide. 15-20

62.00: Both benches are being emptied as the game winds down.

63.00: SCRUM PENALTY to the hosts. Cooper clears to the 10m.

64.00: Michael Hooper cleans up a grubber, but the ref brings the sides back for a penalty. Hodge boots the penalty to the opposition’s 22. NSW are fading again.

65.00: Haylett-Petty loses the ball in contact. NSW recycle, and Jake Gordon clears.

67.00: Another penalty goes to the Rebels for offsides. It was Kepu who struggled to get back on the outside channel. The prop is down, now. It gives his side a chance to regroup. Kepu is off. Chris Talakai comes on to scrum against brother Sam.

69.00: Harry Johnson-Holmes saves the Tahs with a steal at the ruck. Superb by the big man.

71.00: Alex Newsome’s break puts Beale away, but the ball is bundled into touch; however, it came off a Rebels hand, giving the Tahs possession and some respite.

72.00: What is going on! Gordon knocks on after the Tahs march the Rebels back into their 22. Terrible from the No. 9.

75.00: The Rebels continue to go to the air in the hope they can feed off scraps, but Haylett-Petty knocks on, again.

76.00: BIG MOMENT! Melbourne is awarded a short-arm penalty for an early engagement. They tap and go…

77.00: BIG DEFENCE! The home team goes 12 phases before another knock on kills the attack. Gordon’s kick is rubbish, it only goes about 20 metres.

80.00: Time is almost up; one last hurrah for the Rebels, who have a lineout inside their half.

81.00: Another penalty goes the way of the hosts. Hodge kicks to the 22.

83.00: Fitting that another knock on by Wessels’ men, ends the derby, denting the Rebels’ hopes of a playoff berth.


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The final score is Rebels 15 (3) Waratahs 20 (13)


Tries – Cooper, Genia
Pen – Cooper
Con – Cooper
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Ashley-Cooper, Rona
Pen – Foley (2)
Con – Foley (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Jaco Peyper
TMO: James Leckie


15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Matt To’omua, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner

Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Billy Meakes, 23 Tom English


15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Curtis Rona, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Damien Fitzpatrick, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Andrew Tuala, 17 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Jed Holloway, 20 Will Miller, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Mack Mason, 23 Cameron Clark

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