Super Rugby

Rebels beat Waratahs in Melbourne




The Melbourne Rebels have played the Waratahs 17 times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Rebels have won twice but lost 15 times.

The Rebels two wins out of 17 matches give them a record of winning 12% of their games against the Waratahs regardless of venue.

  • The NSW Waratahs have won all but two of their previous clashes against the Melbourne Rebels (L2), including their last six on the bounce; however, the Rebels have earned a losing bonus point in their previous three encounters.
  • Thirteen of the Rebels’ last 15 Australian derbies at home in Super Rugby were decided by a margin of eight points or less, the Rebels winning eight matches in that period (L7).
  • NSW has won 12 of their last 16 Super Rugby matches against fellow Australian sides (L4), with three of those four defeats coming at the hands of the Brumbies.
  • The Rebels (314) are one of only three sides to have made 300+ passes so far in the 2020 Super Rugby campaign (Crusaders – 318 and Jaguares – 306).
  • The New South Wales’ Karmichael Hunt (4) is one of only two players to have made more than three offloads in the 2020 Super Rugby campaign so far (David Havili – 7).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway, celebrating 10 years of Super Rugby in Melbourne. Angus Bell, the 19-year-old prop, starts his first Super Rugby game. Wow!

3.00: NSW wins a penalty inside their 22, and clear the danger with a big kick to halfway.

5.00: BIG SCRUM! Bell collapses the scrum, his elbow touching the ground. The Rebels will take a shot at goal.

6.00: PENALTY! Matt Toomua bangs the kick through the posts. 3-0

9.00: NSW is on the attack inside the Rebels’ 22. Melbourne’s defence is strong, but they give away a penalty.

10.00: A scuffle breaks out. Jed Holloway and Karmichael Hunt the instigators for the home team. Will Harrison calls for the tee.

12.00: PENALTY! Harrison levels. 3-all

13.00: The rain is pouring down, now.

14.00: TRY! Marika Koroibete crashes over in the corner after the Waratahs lose their defensive lineout. The Rebels went seven phases before NSW ran out of numbers. 8-3

15.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 8-3

17.00: Reece Hodge, on the right-wing, boots the clearance miles. That was a big kick!

20.00: The weather is going to be a problem, the ball is slippery and hard to handle.

23.00: Toomua’s pin-point kick gives his team a chance to score with an attacking scrum on the ‘Tahs’ try-line after the ball was carried over.

24.00: Penalty advantage to the Rebels. Bell is struggling.

25.00: NO TRY! Ryan Louwrens thinks he’s scored, but his foot was on the whitewash as he dived for the score. Rebels want another scrum. 8-3

26.00: Referee Paul Williams bottles the call. The Rebels’ pack destroyed the opposition again, but he allowed the play to continue. Toomua puts a long kick-pass to Koroibete, but the winger cannot take the high ball.

28.00: Toomua’s kick causes problems for Jack Maddocks; NSW are struggling to handle the wet ball. They do win a penalty to clear the danger and relieve the pressure.

31.00: The Rebels are in control, but have not managed to capitalise on their good field position and dominance in the set-pieces.

33.00: Both teams going to the boot after a couple of phases, looking for good field position.

36.00: BIG MISTAKE! Kurtley Beale tries to run the ball out from his goal-line, but the fullback is tackled by Billy Meakes and the ball is knocked out of Beale’s hands. Beale manages to dot the ball down but gives away a five-metre scrum under the posts.

38.00: NO TRY! Obstruction against Isi Naisarani. Meakes should have been rewarded for his persistence, scoring after several phases of the attack on New South Wales’ line. Melbourne had a penalty advantage from the ruck. SCRUM TIME! 8-3

39.00: Good work by NSW, they keep the Rebels out. Scrum under the sticks to the visitors.

41.00: The hooter sounds, Gordon passes to Harrison, who clears to touch.

The halftime score was Rebels 8 Waratahs 3

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Australia.

42.00: Superb take from Toomua, under pressure from his team-mate Dane Haylett-Petty, who also went for the ball.

44.00: David Wessels, Rebels Head Coach, is impressed with his halfbacks’ (Matt Toomua and Ryan Louwrens) performances in these wet conditions.

45.00: NSW goes close through Gordon. The halfback is stopped near the goal-line, the ball recycled but it’s slow, allowing the defenders to get back into position.

46.00: TRY! The ‘Tahs eventually power over after several phases of pounding away on the Melbourne try-line. It’s the big guy Harry Johnson-Holmes, scoring his second Super rugby try, who gets up from the melee. 8-all

47.00: CONVERSION! Harrison puts the visitors in front. 8-10

48.00: OH, DEAR! Rob Simmons knocks on the restart, the ball is then picked up a Waratah, who is offside. Toomua calls for the tee.

49.00: PENALTY! The stand-off regains the lead for the home team. 11-10

53.00: The game is being played in the middle third of the field as both teams look for territory.

56.00: Penalty to the Rebels at the breakdown.

58.00: Toomua knocks-on in contact after Simmons’ good shot dislodges the ball from the flyhalf’s hands inside the ‘Tahs’ 22.

61.00: Both sides decide to play, counter-attacking when the ball is turned over; however, they have both been wasteful with their passing and sloppy with holding on to the pill.

64.00: Superb defensive effort by the home team, defending on their try-line. They earn another ruck-penalty, which lets Toomua boot them to the opposition’s 10m.

66.00: Koroibete looks up, only Maddocks is in front of him, but the wing knocks on. The Rebels win the lineout after an overthrow from the visitors, but they knock-on. What a mess!

68.00: Naisarani breaks from his half to the 22. Meakes carries, he’s tackled. The ball is recycled and sent wide. The attack goes six phases before Paul Williams catches Lalakai Foketi offside. Toomua will kick at goal.

69.00: Toomua will kick at goal.

70.00: PENALTY! Toomua stretches the slim lead to four. 14-10

73.00: Melbourne come again; they are looking for the dagger.

74.00: TRY! Andrew Kellaway, the former Waratah, slides over in the corner. Dane Haylett-Petty drew the defender and sent Kellayway AWAY (yes, I did), and that’s the game. 19-10

75.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 19-10

76.00: It’s all Rebels as the clock ticks down.

78.00: Beale – again – is tackled back into his goal-line; Scrum to the Rebels under the sticks.

80.00: TRY! Kellaway at the double, he scores in the corner to add the finishing touch to a clinical display by Wessels’ men. 24-10

82.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 24-10


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The final score is Rebels 24 (8) Waratahs 10 (3)


Tries – Koroibete, Kellaway (2)
Pen – Toomua (3)
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Johnson-Holmes
Pen – Harrison
Con – Harrison
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1:AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2:Nic Berry
TMO : Ian Smith


Melbourne Rebels

Head Coach: Dave Wessels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Michael Wells, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Ruan Smith, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Matt Gibbon.

Replacements: 16 Steven Misa, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Cabous Eloff, 19 Gideon Koegelenberg, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Angus Cottrell, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Kellaway.


Head Coach: Rob Penney

15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Cameron Clark, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Tom Staniforth, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell.

Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Ryan McCauley, 20 Lachlan Swinton, 21 Mitch Short, 22 Lalakai Foketi, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase.

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