Super Rugby

Reds beat Rebels in Brisbane




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

The Reds’ 10 wins give them a record of winning 59% of their matches against the Rebels regardless of venue.

  • The Rebels have won three of their last five Super Rugby games against the Reds at Suncorp Stadium (L2), including a 32-13 win when they met there last (Rd 7, 2019); they’ve not previously won back-to-back games against the Reds in Queensland.
  • The Reds have won five of their last six Super Rugby games on home turf (L1), including their last three on the bounce; the last time they won more consecutive home games was a five-game stretch across the 2013 and 2014 campaigns.
  • The Rebels have won three of their last four Super Rugby games away from home (L1), including their last two on the bounce; they have never previously won three successive away games in the competition.
  • Melbourne have scored 34 points in the 61st-minute of games or later in Super Rugby AU, more than any other team during this period.
  • The Reds’ James O’Connor has made five break assists so far in Super Rugby AU, the second-most of any player in the competition behind Joe Powell (9).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway in Brisbane, Queensland.

3.00: The Reds have been pinned inside their half during the opening stages of the game. Both teams employ the kicking tactics as they search for territory.

5.00: Reece Hodge kicks the ball out on the full, giving the Reds good field position. Fraser McReight is tackled backwards before the Reds lose possession with a knock-on.

7.00: The Rebels are camped on the Reds’ line. James O’Connor strays offside. Matt To’omua calls for the tee.

8.00: PENALTY! Melbourne lead in Queensland. 0-3

9.00: Jordan Petaia goes close but is stopped just short of the line. The Reds win a penalty for offside around the fringes of the ruck. Scrum to the hosts.

12.00: Good defending by the Rebels, who push the Reds back. Queensland goes 12 phases before winning a penalty after a high tackle. Liam Wright opts for another scrum.

14.00: TRY! A good scrum by the hosts leads to Tate McDermott getting tackled backwards before offloading to Petaia, who cuts inside and darts over the line. 5-0

16.00: CONVERSION! James O’Connor adds the extras. 7-0

19.00; The Reds botch a good opportunity after Brandon Paenga-Amosa throws skew. The Reds lost five last week, and are operating at around 81%, this season.

21.00: A couple of reset scrums inside the Melbourne 22.

23.00: Hunter Paisami is tackled into touch. He should really have stayed in-field.

24.00: Filipo Dauguna is isolated at the ruck after Josh Kemeny beats the attackers to the breakdown.

26.00: O’Connor finds a good touch-finder after a decent scrum by his forwards.

27.00: TRY! Paenga-Amosa finishes off a superb try following a break by jock Campbell from his 10m. Campbell raced into the Rebels’ half before playing Dauguna, who played the hooker in the corner. 12-3

29.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor slots the sideline kick. 14-3

31.00: Good defence from the Reds’ pack, who hold up the Rebels’ driving maul.

32.00: McDermott clears but not very far.

33.00: Petaia is taken out without the ball after O’Connor attempts to run the ball from his goal-line. The Reds get the penalty near halfway.

35.00: Another lost lineout by the Reds gives the Rebels possession; however, they lose the ball in contact and give the Reds a scrum.

37.00: Andrew Kellaway clears after a kicking battle between the teams as they search for territory.

38.00: The Reds win the penalty after good work by Dauguna on the touchline.

40.00: Taniela Tupou takes out Pone Fa’amausili with a big tackle on the touchline. O’Connor clears but the ball is not out. The ball is eventually cleared into touch and the teams head to the shed.

The halftime score was Reds 14 Rebels 3

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Queensland where the Reds lead the Rebels by 11 after two tries by Jordan Petaia and Brandon Paenga-Amosa.

43.00: Rebels kick a penalty to the corner.

45.00: Melbourne wins a penalty after being camped on their line, and clear the danger.

48.00: Both teams are going to the boot again as they search for territory on a slippery night at Suncorp Stadium.

50.00: Pone Fa’amausili, not expecting the quick offload, knocks on in contact after Josh Kemeny’s break down the sideline.

53.00: Melbourne has the scrum after two knock-ons by each team. Both sides are struggling to hang onto possession in the slippery conditions, although, there have been few handling mistakes, considering.

57.00: Good defending by Petaia, who takes out the flying Fa’amausili. The Rebels win a penalty at the ruck, and Hodge kicks to the corner.

58.00: NO TRY! Isi Naisarani is held-up after a powerful driving maul. The Rebels win another penalty after side entry, this time Melbourne opts for a scrum.

60.00: NO TRY! This time the big No 8 is held-up by McDermott after a pick and go from the base of the scrum.

62.00: The Reds win a turnover and McDermott clears to touch.

65.00: Melbourne have all the possession; they are again camped on the Reds line, but after 13 phases, the hosts concede a penalty on their line.

66.00: Koroibete should have played the outside man for a certain try, but he held on to the ball and the try went begging.

68.00: OH DEAR! Naisarani knocks on before the try-line after putting the ball on O’Connor’s boot.

70.00: Time is running out for the visitors, who still trail by 11.

70.00: YELLOW CARD! Paenga-Amosa goes to the bin after eight penalties of the last nine go against the Reds. 14-3

74.00: TRY! Hamish Stewart takes O’Connor’s deft pass and beats two tackles to score his team’s third try of the evening. 19-3

75.00: MISS! O’Connor cannot add the extras. 19-3

77.00: Andrew Deegan knocks-on near the try-line, which ends the game as a contest.

79.00: There is no chance of Melbourne getting anything in Brisbane tonight. They look short of ideas.

81.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is booted out and the Reds hold on for a solid victory over the Melbourne Rebels.


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The final score is Reds 19 (14) Rebels 3 (3)


Tries – Petaia, Paenga-Amosa, Stewart
Pen –
Con – O’Connor (2)
Drop –
Cards – Paenga-Amosa (Yellow, 70′)

Tries –
Pen – To’omua
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: Brett Cronan



15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Dauguna, 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 Jack Straker

Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Jethro Felemi, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Josh Flook


15 Reece Hodge, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Matt To’omua (captain), 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Andrew Deegan, 9 Frank Lomani, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

Replacements: 16 Efitusi Maafu, 17 Cabous Eloff, 18 Charles Abel, 19 Esei Ha’angana, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 James Tuttle, 23 Billy Meakes

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