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Join us in just under 30 minutes for all the live action from AAMI Park.
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The Reds are top of the table and unbeaten this season. Can the Rebels inflict the first defeat on them? It promises to be a tight encounter, as recent matches have all been.
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The Rebels will have to win today if they have any hopes of cracking the top two. The Melbourne side has been defensively very good thus far (best in the tournament) but their attack has been disappointing. They have only scored six tries thus far, five of which came in one game against the Waratahs.
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These two have produced very tight encounters in recent times. When they met earlier this season it was the Reds who came away with a 23-21 home win.
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Reds Starting XV: 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Jock Campbell, 10 James O’Connor (captain), 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Angus Scott-Young, 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Ryan Smith, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Feao Fotuaika. Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Richie Asiata, 18 Zane Nonggorr, 19 Angus Blyth, 20 Seru Uru, 21 Kalani Thomas, 22 Josh Flook, 23 Filipo Daugunu.
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Rebels Starting XV: 15 Tom Pincus, 14 Frank Lomani, 13 Stacey Ili, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Joshua Kemeny, 5 Trevor Hosea, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Cabous Eloff. Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Albert Anae, 19 Tom Nowlan, 20 Robert Leota, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Lewis Holland, 23 Jeral Skelton, 24 Lucio Sordoni, 25 Glen Vaihu.
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Welcome to our live coverage of the Rebels vs Reds Super Rugby AU fixture at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. The Reds get us underway at AAMI Park.
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TRY! REDS! TOPOU! 0-5. Great start for the Reds as they go over from close range. The Rebels defence around the fringes was poor as they allowed the Reds to make easy meters.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 0-7. O'Connor converts from a slight angle to give the Reds the extra two points.
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TRY! REDS! PAISAMI! 0-12. Rebels are so unlucky. They counter ruck superbly on the Reds 22 and win the ball. They go wide with three men over but Paisami reads it well, intercepts and runs 60 meters to score under the posts.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 0-14. O'Connor slots a simple kick as the Reds rush into a two converted try lead.
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Rebels win a lineout just inside their own half but knock it on out side. They need to hold onto some possession.
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 0-17. O'Connor slots a penalty to send the Reds further clear. The Rebels have really not gotten into this game yet.
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Rebels penalised again on halfway. That looks a very harsh penalty.
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TRY! REDS! TOPOU! 0-22. Topou is over for his second try! O'Connor puts the speedy prop into space and he runs 15 meters to dot down.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 0-24. A good kick by O'Connor as he splits the uprights. This has been a great start for the Reds.
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Rebels maul from 7 meters out but can't get over. They do however win another penalty and we now have a lineout on the Reds 5m line.
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The Rebels have absolutely no accuracy at ruck time. Easy turnover penalty for the Reds on their own line.
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The Reds exit is superb. They win another penalty from the lineout and can now attack from deep inside Rebels territory.
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Hardwick wins a crucial turnover on his own 22. The Rebels really need to get up the field and get some points on the board.
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Uelese knocks it on after receiving a pass back at the lineout. The Rebels have been terrible in the opening half hour here.
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TRY! REBELS! LOMANI! 5-24. The Rebels eventually get over the line through Lomani. Brilliant running line by the winger as he goes straight off Powell in channel one.
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CONVERSION! TO'OMUA! 7-24. To'omua adds the extras, can the Rebels now change the momentum of the match?
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Rebels put some pressure on the Reds and force a knock-on. Scrum on halfway to the hosts now. They will want more points before the break.
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TRY! REBELS! HODGE! 12-24. Superb work by the Rebels. From the scrum Lomani comes into channel one again, beating O'Connor and the cover defence before passing to Hodge who just has enough pace to get over the line.
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CONVERSION! TO'OMUA! 14-24. To'omua does the business with the lead down to 10 now. This game is back on.
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Reds starting to feel the pressure now. They knock it on from their own lineout on the Rebels 22. The crowd are really getting into this now.
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HALF TIME! 14-24. The Reds rushed into a 24-0 lead but the Rebels have come back well with two converted tries. This match is still very much alive, Lomani has been superb thus far for the hosts.
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KICK OFF! 14-24. We are underway in the second stanza. The Rebels will want to regain the momentum they had in the final 10 minutes, the first score will be crucial here.
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Rebels have started the second half well and will look for three points from a penalty here.
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To'omua misses the penalty attempt. By his standards that was not the most difficult kick, how costly will it be?
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TRY! REDS! MCREIGHT! 14-29. Oh no, a bad minute for To'omua. He first misses the conversion and then throws a poor pass that is intercepted.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 14-31. O'Connor converts for a 17 point lead.
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The Rebels should have been within one score but are now 17 points behind. To'omua will be kicking himself for those errors.
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Reds defend well within their own half and eventually force a knock-on. Rebels have lost all that momentum since To'omua missed the penalty, getting it back could prove challenging.
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Poor decision by the referee as she hands the Reds a ridiculous penalty when it was their player who didn't roll away in an attacking Rebels ruck.
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 14-34. The game is fast moving away from the Rebels as the Reds add another three.
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Reds camped on the Rebels line. They have tried two cross-kicks, neither of which has come off.
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TRY! REDS! CAMPBELL! 14-39. The Rebels are completely gone here. Reds have a scrum on the Rebels 5m line and finish simply in the corner through Campbell.
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Hegarty misses the conversion from touch.
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TRY! REBELS! WELLS! 19-39. Lomani breaks the line again, he has been superb tonight. Once he is taken down the Rebels go wide and they have a huge overlap. Wells is the beneficiary.
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To'omua misses the conversion attempt from left-hand touch.
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Rebels back on attack. They seem to have gained some interest in the match again. Another score here will give them some hope.
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To'omua drops the ball with a big overlap outside him. The flyhalf has not had the best of games tonight but fortunately they were under advantage.
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The Reds happy to kick everything away as they look to defend their bonus point. The big turning point in this match was To'omua missing the penalty just after half time. Had that gone over this could have been a very different game.
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TRY! REDS! FLOOK! 19-44. Cross-kick works this time as Flook scores.
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Hegarty misses the conversion from out wide.
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FULL TIME! 19-44. The Reds come away with all five points. They got off to a flying start and then had a good second half. The Rebels had their chances to get back into the game after fighting back in the first half, but To'omua made a couple costly mistakes within a minute which swung momentum. Reds go top again and had a massive match against the Brumbies next weekend!
Rebels
Reds
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Tries
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30' Lomani Frank
36' Hodge Reece
67' Wells Michael
3' Tupou Taniela
5' Paisami Hunter
17' Tupou Taniela
46' McReight Fraser
63' Campbell Jock
63' Campbell Jock
77' Joshua Flook
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Conversions
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31' Toomua Matt
36' Toomua Matt
4' O'Connor James
6' O'Connor James
18' O'Connor James
48' O'Connor James
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Penalties
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12' O'Connor James
57' O'Connor James
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Drop Goals
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Yellow Cards
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Red Cards
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Squad
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Eloff Cabous
Uelese Jordan
Fa'amausili Pone
Cummins Steve
Hosea Trevor
Kemeny Josh
Hardwick Richard
Wells Michael
Powell Joe
Toomua Matt
Koroibete Marika
Hodge Reece
Ili Stacey
Lomani Frank
Pincus Tom
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Fotuaika Feao
Paenga-Amosa Brandon
Tupou Taniela
Smith Ryan
Salakaia-Loto Lukhan
Scott-Young Angus
McReight Fraser
Wilson Harry
McDermott Tate
O'Connor James
Campbell Jock
Stewart Hamish
Paisami Hunter
Petaia Jordan
Hegarty Bryce
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Reserves
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Hanson James
Gibbon Matt
Anae Albert
Nowlan Thomas
Leota Robert
Tuttle James
Holland Lewis
Skelton Jeral
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Mafi Alex
Asiata Richie
Nonggorr Zane
Blyth Angus
Uru Seru
Thomas Kalani
Joshua Flook
Daugunu Filipo