Super Rugby

Reds beat Rebels in Brisbane




Queensland Reds are unbeaten in their last five Super Rugby games against the Melbourne Rebels (W4, D1), including a 44-19 win in their last meeting (April 2021 – Super Rugby AU) – their second biggest win against them (53-3 in March 2011).

The Queensland Reds have lost four of their last five Super Rugby games (W1), including their last two on the bounce; the last time they lost more in succession was a four-game stretch across the 2019 and 2020 campaigns.

  • The Reds have opened a Super Rugby season with a win each of the last four times they’ve begun a campaign on home turf; the last time they lost such a fixture was in 2010 when they hosted the NSW Waratahs (30-28).
  • The Rebels have won their last two Super Rugby away games against fellow Australian opposition; the last and only time they won more consecutive games on the road in Australia was a three-game stretch from February to July in 2016 which included a 31-28 win over the Queensland.
  • Queensland has gone on to win only one of their last three Super Rugby matches where they have scored the first try of the match on the day (L2), after recording an 11-game unbeaten run in such fixtures prior (W10, D1).
  • Melbourne beat 16 defenders per game in Super Rugby competitions in 2021, the fewest of any team and eight per game fewer than Queensland (24), who made the most by any Australian side last year.
  • The Rebels missed 26 tackles per game in Super Rugby competitions in 2021, the most by any team; the Reds (23) were ranked third in this category (NSW Waratahs – 25).

Players to watch

  • Lukhan Salakaia-Loto (Reds) won 64 lineouts (inc. 3 steals) in Super Rugby competitions in 2021, the most by any player and 11 more than the Rebels’ best (Trevor Hosea – 54).
  • Michael Wells (Rebels) made six lineout steals in Super Rugby competitions in 2021, the second-most by any player (Patrick Tuipulotu – 7).
  • Taniela Tupou (Reds) beat 28 defenders in Super Rugby competitions in 2021; only one forward made more (Akira Ioane – 44).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Queensland, Australia.

2.00: Carter Gordon drops Joe Powell’s pass inside his goal-line, and cannot escape. Good early attacking scrum for the Reds.

5.00: Nothing comes from the scrum as the ref awards the visitors a free-kick.

6.00: Rebels win a kickable penalty for offsides by James O’Connor from the scrum. Rebels go for touch.

7.00: Matt Philip’s pass is not collected by Cabous Eloff; scrum Reds.

8.00: Reds win a scrum penalty, and can clear their lines.

12.00: Queensland enjoying some sustained pressure inside the opposition’s half; they win a penalty, and O’Connor goes to the corner.

14.00: TRY! Tate McDermott’s break from the ruck sees the Reds go multiple phases before Harry Wilson sends Taniela Tupou away in the corner. The BIG MAN barged through Joe Powell with ease. 5-0

15.00: CONVERSION! O’Connor lands the wide conversion. 7-0

18.00: Some big hits from the Rebels have led to two knock-ons by Queensland.

21.00: Liam Wright wins a turnover; however, the Reds give away a penalty on their line for playing the ball on the ground. Rebels go to the corner.

23.00: YELLOW CARD! Tupou is off for multiple infringements. The Rebels battered the Reds’ line winning several penalty advantages before McDermott’s intercept is called back. Scrum. 7-0

24.00: NO TRY! Stacey Ili goes close but is held up. Powell picks up and tries to dive over from close range; however, the scrum-half drops the ball in contact with Jordan Petaia. Goal-line drop-out. 7-0

27.00: Brad Wilkin wins a turnover at the breakdown after a sustained attack by the Reds. Gordon clears to halfway.

30.00: Brad Wilkin stops Jordan Petaia, who is causing the visitors all manner of problems on defence. Reds are still inside Rebels territory, but cannot make them pay.

32.00: Both teams have had a couple of seven-plus phase attacks inside the opposition’s 22, but can not make their superiority count. Still on one try in the game.

33.00: PENALTY! O’Connor increases the lead. 10-0

34.00: Rebels kick a penalty to the Reds’ 22.

35.00: TRY! Wilkin, who is having a superb game, goes through the middle of the collapsing driving maul and flops over the chalk. 10-5

36.00: MISS! Matt To’omua hits the post. 10-5

37.00: Attacking scrum for the hosts comes to nothing after Reece Hodge’s intercept; however, the ref calls the play back for another penalty to Thorn’s men under the posts.

39.00: PENALTY! O’Connor extends the lead to eight. 13-5

41.00: The ball is dropped, halftime.

The halftime score was Queensland 13 Melbourne 5

41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway down under.

43.00: A bit of a slow start here.

45.00: An overthrown lineout allowed the Rebels to counter, but nothing comes from the attack.

49.00: TRY! Pressure from Thorn’s men leads to a TMO check for grounding by Harry Wilson. It was a marvelous piece of water polo skill to wriggle his arm around a defender and place the ball on the line. 18-5

50.00: MISS! O’Connor misses an easy conversion. 18-5

53.00: The rain is bucketing down in Brisbane, which will certainly affect the last half hour. Queensland has a sizable two-score lead: can Melbourne pull it back?

55.00: There have already been four handling errors since the rain came down.

58.00: Both teams struggling in the rain. Queensland looks the more likely to score, though.

61.00: Reds opt for a scrum instead of an attacking lineout. They lose possession, and Rebels counter to halfway before kicking the ball away.

66.00: The Reds are making the most of the conditions, but no one has come close to scoring.

70.00: Rebels struggling to get into Reds territory, time is running out. Both teams kicking everything from their half.

72.00: The time to set the scrums is working against the visitors, who concede a penalty inside the Reds’ 22.

76.00: The game is almost up for Foote’s men; they cannot make anything happen.

77.00: Ref takes a tumble after Wilson runs him over. HAHAHAHA!

80.00: TRY! Jock Campbell seals the deal for the hosts. Game over. 23-5

81.00: MISS! The kick is wide. 23-5


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The final score is Reds 23 (13) Rebels 5 (5)


Queensland Reds
Tries – Tupou, Wilson, Campbell
Pen – O’Connor (2)
Con – O’Connor
Drop –
Cards –

Melbourne Rebels
Tries – Wilkin
Pen –
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Nic Berry
TMO: Brett Cronan


Queensland Reds

15 Jock Campbell, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Josh Flook, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott (captain), 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Dane Zander

: 16 Josh Nasser, 17 Harry Hoopert, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Ryan Smith, 20 Fraser McReight, 21 Spencer Jeans, 22 Matt Grealy, 23 Lawson Creighton

Melbourne Rebels

15 Reece Hodge, 14 Lachie Anderson, 12 Matt To’omua, 13 Stacey Ili, 11 Glen Vaihu, 10 Carter Gordon, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells (captain), 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Sam Wallis, 5 Ross Haylett-Petty, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

: 16 Matt Gibbon, 17 James Hanson, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Thomas Nowlan, 20 Tamati Ioane, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Raymond Nu’u, 23 Young Tonumaipea

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