Super Rugby

Rebels beat Waratahs in Sydney




The NSW Waratahs have played the Rebels 18 times in Super Rugby since 2011, the Waratahs have won 15 matches, losing three times.

The Waratahs’ 15 wins give them an 83% winning record against the Melbourne Rebels regardless of venue.

  • The Rebels picked up a 24-10 win in their most recent clash with the NSW Waratahs (Rd3, 2020 Super Rugby), snapping a six-game losing streak against them; they will now hunt for back-to-back wins against the NSW for the first time in SuperRugby.
  • Each of the Tahs’ last three Super Rugby games on home turf was won by the team trailing at half-time on the day, with the Waratahs picking up only one win in that period (L2).
  • The Rebels have lost four of their last five Super Rugby games as the away team on the day (W1), despite scoring 23+ points in a game on four occasions in that span.
  • New South Wales has kicked 10 penalty goals so far in Super Rugby AU, the most of any team and twice as many as the second-ranked Rebels (5).
  • NSW duo Michael Hooper (65) and Rob Simmons (62) have made the second and third-most ruck hits respectively of any player in Super Rugby AU; only the Reds‘ Liam Wright (86) has hit more.

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney, for the Weary Dunlop Shield clash between the Waratahs and Rebels.

2.00: As always, there is dew on the field, but the conditions above are dry. All eyes will be on the two hookers because the throwing by the Australian No 2s has been awful, this season.

3.00: NO TRY! The referee goes upstairs to check for a knock-on by the Rebels in the act of grounding. Josh Kemeny lost the ball forward, but Lachlan Swinton was offside in the build-up, so Matt To’omua will take a shot.

4.00: PENALTY! To’omua opens the scoring from near the touchline. 0-3

6.00: Both teams’ first lineouts have been sloppy.

7.00: TRY! Alex Newsome intercepts Reece Hodge’s pass and runs away down the sideline to get the game’s first try and his 14th Super Rugby score. 5-3

9.00: CONVERSION! Will Harrison continues his perfect kicking record at the SCG. 7-3

10.00: Tahs give away a penalty inside their 22 and in front of the posts.

11.00: PENALTY! To’omua doubles his side’s score. 7-6

14.00: There have been three cynical penalties by NSW and referee Angus Gardner has a stern word with Rob Simmons.

15.00: PENALTY! No mistake from in front by To’omua. 7-9

16.00: Harrison’s restart doesn’t go 10 metres; the Rebels opt for a lineout instead of the centre-field scrum.

19.00: A couple of reset scrums following a Tahs’ knock-on sees the hosts winning a scrum-penalty. Harrison boots to the 22, but the Rebels steal Tom Horton’s overthrow.

21.00: The Tahs win penalty inside the 22 and in front of the poles.

23.00: PENALTY! Harrison won’t miss from there. 10-9

24.00: Josh Kemeny knocks-on, killing a promising attack into the Waratahs’ 22.

25.00: Tom Robinson conceded a short-arm for an early engagement. Melbourne takes it quickly but Dane Haylett-Petty can’t handle the ball. That is poor from the visitors.

27.00: A mistake by Jack Maddocks leads to a Melbourne attack. Luckily for the fullback, a knock-on by Ryen Louwens allows the hosts a reprieve. Harrison boots the resulting penalty to halfway.

29.00: A poor first lineout from reserve hooker Joe Cotton.

30.00: Tom Robinson is pinged at the scrum for scrummaging inwards. To’omua boots to the 22.

31.00: YELLOW CARD! Michael Hooper, warned before for cynical infringement in the red zone, is sent to the sidelines. 10-9

32.00: PENALTY! To’omua regains the lead for his team. 10-12

35.00: The Rebels go 11 phases before they lose the ball after good work at the ruck by No 8 8 Jack Dempsey, but the Waratahs take the ball over their in-goal giving Melbourne an attacking scrum.

37.00: The scrum is reset. Dave Wessels’ men should score here, his pack has a 30kg advantage with Hooper on the field, so nothing less than five will do.

38.00: TRY! Ryan Louwrens drives his way through two defenders, with the help of To’omua, to score. 10-17

39.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 10-19

41.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is booted out by Louwrens.

The halftime score was Waratahs 10 Rebels 19

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway down under.

42.00: Hooper is back out on the field. Haylett-Petty has not returned after the break. Andrew Deegan comes on for the skipper.

44.00: Hooper pilfers the ball for his team. The substitutes are starting to leak their way on to the field.

46.00: Another shocking lineout throw by Cotton sees the visitors steal possession and clear the danger. Hooper is penalised in the counter-attack to give Hodge a chance to boot his team to safety.

47.00: Skipper Robbinson leaves the field for Tom Staniforth, which is a blow to Rob Penney’s team.

50.00: Hodge goes to the air but his kick is out on the full; however, Mr Gardner comes back for the penalty because there is no advantage.

52.00: Karmichael Hunt saves the day for his team after Hodge’s linebreak. It is a line drop-out.

53.00: Hooper and Ned Hanigan combine to win the ball and penalty at the ruck. Hooper has been good since he returned from the sin-bin, but the Waratahs’ lineout is killing the home team.

54.00: Jordan Uelese wins the penalty for his team after Hooper got isolated. The hooker’s throwing has been good in the last 15-20 minutes, as well.

57.00: The second-half has been error-strewn; both sides cannot find that ‘last pass’ or stop conceding needless penalties inside the opposition’s half.

59.00: Wonderful scramble defending by the Watarayhs to keep out Andrew Kellaway and Marika Koroibete.

61.00: The Rebels are dominating possession (73%) since the interval. The Rebels have made 23 tackle busts to two and half the number of tackles.

64.00: The Waratahs have to keep out the visitors or this game is over. Jake Gordon saves the day with a tackle, holding up an attacker on the line.

66.00: Penalty to the visitors in a kickable position.

68.00: MISS! Andrew Deegan pulls his kick past the posts. 10-19

70.00: YELLOW CARD! Jed Holloway, on for only 45 seconds, sees yellow after the Waratahs give away their sixth penalty in a row.

71.00: PENALTY! To’omua resumes the kicking duties to add another three. 10-22

75.00: The Rebels look good for the win here, they are all over the Waratahs.

78.00: TRY! Marika Koroibete breaks the tackles and hands off a defender before scoring his 19th Super Rugby try in his 50th game. 10-27

79.00: CONVERSION! To’omua adds the extras. 10-29

81.00: The hooter sounds, the ball is booted into touch for a hard-earned win for the Rebels.


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The final score is Waratahs 10 (10) Rebels 29 (19)


Tries – Newsome
Pen – Harrison
Con – Harrison
Drop –
Cards – Hooper (Yellow, 31′), Holloway (Yellow, 70′)

Tries – Louwrens, Koroibete
Pen – To’omua (5)
Con – To’omua (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2: Reuben Keane
TMO: Ian Smith



15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Joey Walton, 12 Karmichael Hunt, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Jack Dempsey, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Tom Horton, 1 Tom Robertson

Replacements: 16 Jed Holloway, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Chris Talakai, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Joe Cotton, 21 Jake Gordon, 22 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 23 Ben Donaldson


15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Reece Hodge, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr

Replacements: 16 Efitusi Ma’afu, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Michael Stolberg, 20 Esei Haangana, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Andrew Deegan

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