The Melbourne Rebels have won four of their last five Super Rugby matches against the NSW Waratahs (L1), including each of their last two meetings – more than they won in all their 17 games prior in the competition (W2, L15).
The Melbourne Rebels will be aiming for back-to-back wins against the NSW Waratahs in Sydney for the first time in the history of Super Rugby, following their 36-25 victory in their most recent such fixture (Round 10, 2021 Super Rugby AU).
- The NSW Waratahs will be aiming for back-to-back wins in Super Rugby for the first time since August 2020, following their 22-17 victory against the Western Force last time out (Round 4, 2022 Super Rugby Pacific).
- The Melbourne Rebels have lost their last nine Super Rugby matches in succession; only once have they been on a longer losing run in the history of the competition (L12 – April 2011 to March 2012).
- Only the Western Force (8) have stolen more lineouts than the NSW Waratahs (5) and Melbourne Rebels (5) in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific campaign.
- The Melbourne Rebels have made 14 tackle breaks per game in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the fewest of any team in the competition and five per game fewer than the NSW Waratahs (19).
- The Melbourne Rebels have won 15 lineouts per game (inc. steals) in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, more than any other team in the competition and four per game more than the NSW Waratahs (11).
- The NSW Waratahs have conceded just 13 turnovers per game in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the fewest of any team in the competition and four per game fewer than the Melbourne Rebels (17).
Players to watch
- Melbourne Rebels’ Matt Philip (25) and NSW Waratahs’ Jed Holloway (20) have won the most lineouts (inc. steals) of any players this Super Rugby Pacific season (also Nick Frost – 20).
- Angus Bell (NSW Waratahs) has made 45 carries in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season, the most by any prop and the joint-third most of any player overall (Harry Wilson – 61 and Pita Sowakula – 52)
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEP! We are underway in Sydney.
3.00: MISS! Matt To’omua’s kick is wide. 0-0
6.00: Another Rebels attack ends with To’omua calling for the tee.
8.00: PENALTY! To’omua opens the scoring, this time. 0-3
11.00: NO TRY! Dave Porecki is held up trying to burrow through three defenders, TMO confirms. 0-3
14.00: The Rebels are camped inside their half, they can’t clear as the home team begin to squeeze.
15.00: TRY! Lalakai Foketi busts through Carter Gordon – on for To’omua – before fending off Joe Powell, and he slips Reece Hodge’s last-ditch effort to record his fifth Super Rugby try. 5-3
17.00: CONVERSION! Will Harrison adds the extras. 7-3
20.00: Waratahs steal a turnover inisde their half, clear the ball only to regain possession from a lineout.
21.00: TRY! Will Harris powers down the righthand touchline and carries three defenders over the chalk to notch his sixth Super Rugby try. 12-3
22.00: CONVERSION! Harrison slots the wide-angled conversion. 14-3
25.00: Melbourne need to steady the ship because the Waratahs are looking feisty on both the counter-attack and attack from set-pieces.
28.00: MISS! Hodge’s lone-range penalty cannot draw around the right post. 14-3
31.00: PENALTY! To’omua is back on for Gordon, makes it 14-6.
33.00: Melbourne are fighting hard to get back in this, but penalties will not do it; they need tries.
35.00: Good defence by the Tahs as they keep Melbourne out after another dozen-phase attack.
37.00: Jordan Uelese knocks on giving the Tahs a counter-attack near his side’s 22; however, the Waratahs cannot take advantage, losing possession the same way. Boy, this is messy.
40.00: NSW wins a scrum penalty, they kick to touch for halftime.
The halftime score was NSW Waratahs 14 Melbourne Rebels 6
41.00: PEEEP! We are back underway at the SCG.
43.00: PENALTY! To’omua cuts the gap to five. 14-9
46.00: Tahs almost strike but the Rebels keep them at bay.
47.00: Harrison calls for the tee after another Rebels’ infringement.
48.00: PENALTY! The kick is good. 17-9
51.00: Both teams trying to play expansive rugby at times, but their handling is poor, and they keep giving away penalties.
53.00: PENALTY! To’omua hits his fourth goal. 17-12
54.00: YELLOW CARD! Efi Ma’afu is off for a dangerous tackle on Izaia Perese. 17-12
55.00: TRY! Alex Newsome scores his 20th Super Rugby try after some smart work by Harrison, who got smoked by Andrew Kellaway as he sent a quick pass to Newsome. The winger swerved Hodge before sliding over underneath Carter Gordon’s tackle. 22-12
56.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 24-12
60.00: Rebels are making thr Tahs sweat. They have increased the tempo but still cannot find a way over the whitewash.
63.00: Another penalty will allow Melbourne to kick to the corner; they cannot afford threes anymore.
64.00: Uelese’s throw is not straight, boy that’s a coach-killer.
67.00: TRY! Cabous Eloff picks up the ball at the back of the ruck, peels right, and barges through the defenders to score his team’s first try. 24-17
68.00: CONVERSION! Carter Gordon added the extras. 24-19
71.00: A lot of changes being made at the end. Rebels lose possession inside the Tahs’ 22; they cannot get out of their own way.
74.00; Waratahs winning crucial penalties to clear the danger.
77.00: Tahs are slowing the game down, and running out the clock with some reset scrums.
80.00: The home team are running down the clock expertly, the visitors cannot get their hands on the ball.
81.00: The ball is booted out, game over!
The final score is Waratahs 24 (14) Rebels 19 (6)
Tries – Foketi, Harris, Newsome
Pen – Harrison
Con – Harrison (3)
Tries – Eloff
Pen – To’omua (4)
Con – Gordon
Cards – Ma’afu (Yellow, 54′)
Referee: Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 1: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 2: Matt Kellahan
TMO: James Leckie
15 Will Harrison, 14 Dylan Pietsch, 13 Izaia Perese, 12 Lalakai Foketi, 11 Alex Newsome, 20 Ben Donaldson, 9 Jack Grant, 8 Will Harris, 7 Charlie Gamble, 6 Hugh Sinclair, 5 Geoff Cridge, 4 Jed Holloway (captain), 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Dave Porecki, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Te Tera Faulkner, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Langi Gleeson, 20 Carlo Tizzano, 21 Teddy Wilson, 22 Jamie Roberts, 23 Mark Nawaqanitawase
15 Reece Hodge, 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Young Tonumaipea, 12 Raymond Nu’u, 11 Glen Vaihu, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Tamati Ioane-Niko, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Michael Wells (captain), 5 Josh Canham, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Cabous Eloff, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cameron Orr
Replacements: 16 Efi Ma’afu, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Rhys van Nek, 19 Brad Wilkin, 20 Sam Wallis, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Carter Gordon, 23 Stacey Ili