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  • Vuna,
    Penalty goals: Huxley (4),
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    Penalty goals: Mogg (2), Holmes (3),
    Conversions: Holmes,

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Last updated: 1st June 2012  

Full Timefull-time Rebels 19 Brumbies 27

80 From a line-out on the edge of the Brumbies' 22 the Rebels launch a final attack. Their efforts come to nothing when the back-line commits a handling error and the referee brings porceedings to a close with a shrill blow to his whistle. This win strengthens the Brumbies' position at the top of the Australian conference table. Although the Rebels were on the losing side, they can be proud of their effort as they were competitive for large periods of this match.

78 The Brumbies are awarded a penalty when Mortlock plays the ball at the bottom of a ruck. Holmes puts the ball into touch just outside the Rebels' 22.

76 The Rebels go on the attack inside the Brumbies' 22 and string 16 phases together! Their efforts come to nothing though when Hilgendorf knocks on and Tomane runs his side out of trouble.

Penalty73 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HOLMES! 19-27. Holmes adds the extras after the Rebels' front-row is penalised for another scrum infringement.

71 Brumbies openside flanker Michael Hooper is replaced by Colby Faingaa.

67 The Brumbies are somewhat lucky when they get the put-in at the scrum after it appears like Mowen lost possession at a line-out.

64 The Brumbies are awarded a penalty when the Rebels' front-row are penalised for an infringement at a scrum.

61 Nick Phipps tries to launch an up-and-under close to the halfway line but his kick goes directly into touch.

59 The Brumbies take the ball through 19 phases but lose possession when they are penalised for holding onto the ball on the ground on the edge of the Rebels' 22.

Conversion56 CONVERSION, REBELS, HUXLEY! 19-24. Huxley lands a difficult kick from close to the touchline to narrow the gap to five points.

TRY55 TRY, REBELS, VUNA! 17-24. The Brumbies make a hash from the restart and Gareth Delve gathers. He sets off on a run and gets his pass away to Vuna who beats four defenders before scoring in the corner!

Conversion54 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, HOLMES! 12-24. Holmes adds the two points to give his side a handy lead.

TRY53 TRY, BRUMBIES, COLEMAN! 12-22. The Brumbies go on the attack and when the ball is spun wide to Robbie Coleman he slips past two defenders before dotting down!

50 The Brumbies take the ball through several phases and are soon on the edge of the Rebels' 22 metre line. Tomane does well to keep the ball alive after taking a solid hit from Huxley.

47 Joe Tomane gets the ball in space inside the Rebels' 22 but finds little space to get past Vuna. He passes to Robbie Coleman who knocks on.

Penalty44 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HOLMES! 12-17. Holmes adds the first points of the half after Vuna is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground.

42 Hilgendorf goes on a run and beats Ben Alexander with a neat side-step. He puts in a chip kick inside the Brumbies' 22 but Holmes beats him to the bouncing ball.

40 Huxley gets the second half started! The Brumbies forwards gather the ball and it soon goes out to their backs.

Half TimeHalf-time Rebels 12 Brumbies 14

Penalty40 PENALTY, REBELS, HUXLEY! 12-14. Huxley narrows the gap to two points from in front of the posts after the Brumbies go offside. Immediately after the kick the referee blows his whistle to signal half-time. After an impressive start by the Brumbies, the hosts have come back strongly in the latter stages of the half. They were unlucky when Hilgendorf's effort was disallowed and could easily have held the lead at the break. The second half should be an interesting spectacle.

38 James Hilgendorf makes a break from just inside the Brumbies' half and catches the Brumbies' defence unawares. He is soon inside their 22 and makes a dive for the try-line. The Brumbies cover defence are there to stop him and after consultation with his TMO, the referee disallows the try.

Penalty36 PENALTY, REBELS, HUXLEY! 9-14. Huxley reduces the deficit to five points after another Brumbies indiscretion at a ruck.

34 Ben Alexander takes the ball into contact close to the halfway line. The ball comes out to Ben Mowen who knocks on.

Penalty31 PENALTY, REBELS, HUXLEY! 6-14. Huxley adds another three points to his side's tally after Hooper is penalised for an early tackle on Vuna.

28 The Rebels are awarded a kickable penalty when Pat McCabe goes off his feet at a ruck. Stirling Mortlock instructs Gerrard to kick for touch and he puts it out inside the Brumbies' 22.

TRY25 TRY, BRUMBIES, SMITH! 3-14. Andrew Smith rounds off close to the left-hand corner after the Brumbies take the ball through several phases in the build-up.

Yellow Card24 YELLOW CARD, REBELS, OWEN! Jono Owen is sent to the sin bin after he fails to roll away after making a tackle on Hooper close to the Rebels' try-line.

22 The Rebels try to run the ball from inside their half but are put under pressure by solid defensive hits from the visitors. Cooper Vuna offloads to James Hilgendorf close to the halfway line. He puts in a clearance kick but his effort sails straight into touch.

Penalty19 PENALTY, REBELS, HUXLEY! 3-9. Huxley opens the home side's account after Hooper is penalised for not releasing a tackled player.

16 Mark Gerrard puts the Rebels on the attack with a 45-metre touch-finder after Michael Hooper is penalised for an infringement at a ruck close to the halfway mark.

Penalty15 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, HOLMES! 0-9. Holmes adds the extras after Henderson fails to roll away from a ruck after making a tackle.

10 The Rebels go on the attack close to the halfway mark but lose momentum when Nic Henderson knocks on.

8 There's some concern as Huxley stays down after taking a big hit from Stephen Moore. The Rebels full-back receives attention from the medics and is soon back on his feet.

Penalty5 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 0-6. Mogg adds another three points after the Rebels are pinned at a ruck again.

Penalty2 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 0-3. Jesse Mogg lands a penalty from 45 metres out after the Rebels infringe at a ruck.

Kick-off Zack Holmes gets us underway! His kick is gathered by Cadeyrn Neville who sets up a ruck. The ball comes out to Julian Huxley who hoofs it upfield.

Team News Brumbies coach Jake White has made three changes to his starting XV for this clash. Lock Sam Carter, tighthead prop Dan Palmer and loose forward Ita Vaea have all been rested, with Leon Power, Fotu Auelua and Scott Sio earning selection. Power will start while Sio and Auelua will be thrown into the action from the bench. In Palmer's place Ben Alexander will switch to tighthead prop with Ruaidhri Murphy starting at loosehead. Robbie Coleman has earned his second start of the year at full-back moving Wallaby Squad member Jesse Mogg to the wing and Henry Speight to the bench. There is also a change on the bench where Colby Faingaa has been called into the matchday squad for the first time in 2012 after suffering an ankle injury in pre-season.

Team News Former Brumbies skipper Stirling Mortlock returns to the Rebels starting XV to face his former team. Mortlock replaces inside centre Lachie Mitchell who suffered concussion last week. In other changes to the starting XV, James Hilgendorf takes over from injured Wallabies star Kurtley Beale at fly-half while Hugh Perrett starts at flank.

Welcome Good day and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Australian Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Rebels and the Brumbies. We'll be back shortly with team news.

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