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We are about 10 minutes away from kick off. Stay with us for all the live action!
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The battle most are looking forward to will be between the two 10's. Matt To'omua (Rebels) and James O'Connor (Reds) both have plenty experience at this level but they'll need good possession from their packs in order to provide that spark.
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Crucial to the Reds cause will be the performance of flyhalf James O'Connor and scrumhalf, Tate McDermott. The Rebels have the ability in Dane Haylett-Petty, Andrew Kellaway and Marika Koroibete to cause havoc on the counter-attack.
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The Rebels have a more settled line-up as the Reds go through what some may consider a transitional phase. The young Queensland side have however showed plenty of promise in 2020 some some impressive performances.
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Both the Rebels and Reds tend to enjoy a more ball-in-hand approach so we could be in for an entertaining encounter. Neither have a particularly impressive defensive record either.
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The Reds have had the better of this fixture with 10 wins in the last 17 matches. However, the last time they met on 10 May 2019, the Rebels ran out 30-24 winners at AAMI Park in Melbourne.
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We enter the second week of Super Rugby AU after a very exciting opening week. The Rebels put in a good second half fight-back but ultimately went down to the Brumbies while the Reds beat the Waratahs 32-26.
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Reds – 15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (c), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Harry Hoopert. Subs: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 23 Josh Flook.
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Rebels – 15 Dane Haylett-Petty (c), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt To’omua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Matt Gibbon. Subs: 16 Efitusi Maafu, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Trevor Hosea, 20 Esei Haangana, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Frank Lomani, 23 Reece Hodge.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Super Rugby AU fixture between the Rebels and Reds live from the Brookvale Oval.
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KICK OFF! 0-0. We are underway at the Brookvale Oval as To'omua sends the ball high into the Sydney night sky.
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McDermott clears from the ruck but doesn't find touch. Haylett-Petty counters and makes some good meters. A good reminder for the Reds to ensure they find touch. This leads to a penalty for the Rebels on the Reds 22.
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The Rebels turn down the opportunity of three points to go for touch. They get another advantage from the line-out so To'omua goes for the cross-kick which doesn't pay off. Rebels go to the line again but Uelese is blown up for his throw not being straight.
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First scrum of the game goes to the Reds 7 meters from their own line. Wilson makes some meters off the back of the scrum before the Reds clear to touch.
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Rebels take a quick throw and come straight back at the Reds. Another penalty and this time they are going to go for goal.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 3-0. To'omua coverts the penalty and the Rebels are on the board.
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Rebels clear down centre field from kick off and O'Connor tries to counter. He makes a good initial movement but his pass to Daugunu is knocked on.
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Massive scrum from the Reds but the Rebels just manage to retain possesion. To'omua however kicks the ball directly into touch and the Reds have a line-out on halfway.
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Reds win a penalty on halfway and puts the ball out. Paenga-Amosa makes great meters down the left hand touch from the line-out but Hardwick effects a breakdown penalty and the hosts can clear their lines.
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Reds back on the attack and win a penalty on the Rebels 22 for not rolling away at the breakdown. Reds go for touch but then lose their line-out. Poor from the Reds.
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Another skew line-out throw. The weather isn't great as the rain continues to fall but it shouldn't effect the throw.
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Rebels back on the attack inside the Reds half. To'omua's chip forward just doesn't bounce right for Koroibete. So close to the first 5-pointer!
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Brilliant break from Paisami down the blindside but he loses his footing as he is about to pass to the flying Daugunu. They hold onto possession but the Rebels have regrouped on defence.
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Reds move into the Rebels half now but the game is very scrappy. The expansive styles of the teams are just not paying off in these conditions. The kicking game from both has been pretty average too.
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Kellerway break brilliantly down the right-hand side but the cover catches him up on the Reds 5m line. A few more phases as the forwards carry before the Rebels win a penalty. Reds on a warning now.
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Rebels turn down the 3 points and go for the tap. After seven phases they are held up over the line and the Reds get a drop-out. To''omua receives the ball from the drop-out and goes for a drop goal but it''s wide.
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The Reds now move onto the attack and a great carry gets them deep inside the Rebels 22. They however lose possession and Rebels can clear via a scrum.
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Rebels will be disappointed with the three point lead thus far. They have mostly dominated while the Reds have survived solely off their errors. Turning down so many three point opportunities in the wet could yet come back to bite them.
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Reds give away another penalty on the Rebels 5m line. That attack originated from another dominant Reds scrum, the one area they seem to be on top.
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Kellerway with a brilliant kick takes the Reds back to their own 22. Line-outs have been terrible in this match with neither hooker finding his man.
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Some nice interplay between the Rebels backs with Louwrens gaining some meters. Front foot ball inside the Reds 22 and the Rebels look dangerous but To'omua loses the ball in contact. Scrum Reds.
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The Rebels have certainly been the better team but the Reds have themselves had some chances. The Reds have dominated at scrum time but the Rebels have had the better of most other facets. The handling has been poor too although the wet conditions can be blamed for that.
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HALF TIME! 6-0. The Rebels lead 6-0 at the break but it really should have been more. They have turned down at least three very kickable penalties while a couple of try scoring opportunities have also been wasted.
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PENALTY! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 6-0. The Rebels extend their lead on the whistle from right in front.
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Yellow card for Hamish Stewart and the Reds are down to 14.
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The Rebels are over via Hardwick in the corner but he had a foot in touch. We go back to the penalty for the Rebels.
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KICK OFF! 6-0. The second half is underway. Hopefully we'll see a far better second 40.
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The Reds are straight onto the attack as the Rebels make three errors in the space of 90 seconds. Reds have a penalty on the Rebels 5m line around 15 meters from touch. They go for the tap.
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TRY! REDS! DAUGUNU! 6-5. Daugunu is over in the corner for the Reds. Superb start for the visitors and the TMO confirms.
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O'Connor misses the conversion from the touchline. Rebels have a one point lead.
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Reds have continued their impressive start to the second half as they attack again. Unfortunately there is another handling error before the players start their own pushing and shoving contest.
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Reds win another scrum penalty and this one is inside Rebels territory. They will kick for goal.
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 6-8. The Reds have deserved this for their second half performance. Good kick too from 40 meters out in these conditions.
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TRY! REBELS! HODGE! 11-8. Rebels hit back through Hodge in the right-hand corner. Great play by the Rebels as their backline gets moving for the first time in the match. They worked that overlap beautifully.
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The conversion attempt is wide from To'omua.
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Yellow card for Paisami as the Reds return to 14 men. It was for a high tackle on Koroibete.
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After a brilliant first 10 minutes by the Reds in the second half the Rebels seem to be getting on top again.
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Reds have a scrum on their own 5m line. Rebels really starting to push for another try now.
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Rebels playing a dangerous game on their own 22 but fortunately hold onto possession. To'omua sees sense and clears.
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Reds are utterly dominant at scrum time and win another penalty. They are going for goal.
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O'Connor misses the kick which didn't look like his most difficult.
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TRY! REBELS! MEAKES! 16-8. Try time! The Reds run it from just inside their own half but O'Connor's pass is intercepted by Meakes who scores alongside the posts.
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CONVERSION! REBELS! TO'OMUA! 18-8. It is a 10-point game as the To'omua adds the extras.
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Reds now need to push for a try as we enter the last 8 minutes of the match.
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PENALTY! REDS! O'CONNOR! 18-11. O'Connor sinks a simple penalty to make it a 7-point game. Are we going to get a draw?
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Reds coming hard at the Rebels defence now and they win a penalty. The visitors have a line-out five meters outside the Rebels 22.
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Oh no, the Reds lose yet another line-out and the Rebels can try and see the game out.
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CONVERSION! O'CONNOR! 18-18. It is all level and we will go into extra time!
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TRY! REDS! MAFI! 18-16. Brilliant from the Reds as Rebels hand them possession with a minute to play!
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KICK OFF! 18-18. Extra time is underway!
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Rebels have a scrum inside the Reds half. Can they make this count?
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Hegarty just misses the penalty. Teams will now change sides for another 5 minutes of extra time.
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Scrum to the Reds in the 5th minute of extra time and they win the penalty on halfway.
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KICK OFF! 18-18. The Reds get the second half of extra time underway.
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Both teams happy to keep kicking possession away and hope the other makes a mistake.
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FULL TIME! 18-18. It ends all level and one must question the logic behind a 10 minute extra time period. However, the Rebels will be extremely disappointed having led by 10 points with five minutes to play and they managed to chuck it away.
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Reds have a line-out inside Rebels territory as the clock ticks into the final minute.
Rebels
Reds
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Tries
2
53' Reece Hodge
67' Bill Meakes
43' Filipo Daugunu
78' Alex Mafi
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Conversions
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68' Matt Toomua
80' James O''Connor
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Penalties
2
6' Matt Toomua
40' Matt Toomua
50' James O''Connor
74' James O''Connor
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Drop Goals
0
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Yellow Cards
2
40' Hamish Stewart
55' Hunter Paisami
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Red Cards
0
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Squad
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Matt Gibbon
Jordan Uelese
Pone Fa'amausili
Matt Philip
Mike Stolberg
Josh Kemeny
Richard Hardwick
Michael Wells
Ryan Louwrens
Matt Toomua
Marika Koroibete
Bill Meakes
Campbell Magnay
Andrew Kellaway
Dane Haylett-Petty
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Harry Hoopert
Brandon Paenga-Amosa
Taniela Tupou
Angus Blyth
Lukhan Salakaia-Loto
Liam Wright
Fraser McReight
Harry Wilson
Tate McDermott
James O'Connor
Filipo Daugunu
Hamish Stewart
Hunter Paisami
Jock Campbell
Bryce Hegarty
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Reserves
8
Efi Maafu
Cameron Orr
Jermaine Ainsley
Trevor Hosea
Esei Ha'angana
Reece Hodge
Robert Leota
Frank Lomani
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17
18
19
20
21
22
23
Alex Mafi
Jean-Pierre Smith
Joshua Nasser
Tuaina Tualima
Angus Scott-Young
Scott Malolua
Chris Feauai-Sautia
Joshua Flook