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Full time So the Reds revival continues. A shout out to Stirling Mortlock, a great player and an institution in Australian rugby. The Rebels now hit the road and travel to South Africa to face the Lions while the Reds welcome the Highlanders next Friday.
80 The Reds retain possession from the line-out and then are bundled into touch and that's the ball game!
79 Beautiful hands from Beale as he puts Huxley into space. The replacement doesn't see Vuna steaming up on his inside and he's tackled by Morahan on the 22. The Rebels recycle and work the ball wide and Gerrard is bundled into touch by three Reds defenders just short of the line.
77 The restart is out on the full and Samo makes 10 metres as he breaks off the back of the resulting scrum. Another strong Reds attack ends 10 metres out after a break from Harris but Saia Faingaa is pinged for playing the ball on the ground.
75 TRY, REDS, FRISBY. 32-17. The scrum goes down and is reset. Second time lucky as Samo breaks off the back and hands off to Lucas. A flat pass from Genia puts Frisby into space and he's over in the corner! The replacement does really well to stay in field under pressure and the Reds have the bonus point try. Harris puts the conversion wide to the right.
72 Beale clears and sets up a Reds line-out just inside their own half. The Reds backs and forwards combine as they bash the ball up through the phases, getting over the advantage line well. The Rebels defence stands firm but the Reds make solid progress. After 27 phases in which the Reds have progressed to five metres out the Rebels are penalised for slowing the ball down. THe Reds call for the scrum.
68 CONVERSION, REBELS, BEALE 17-27. Straight through the middle from Beale and the Rebels are still in this!
67 TRY, REBELS, MITCHELL 15-27. Hugh Perrett breaks through the middle and hands the ball off to Vuna who sets up the ruck. The ball is spread wide to the right and Mitchell dives over the try!
66 The Rebels continue to attack, they're well into the 22 but are pinged for holding on and the Reds clear. From a line-out on the 10m line the visitors work it up before Lucas puts the ball out on the full and it's a Rebels line-out on the Reds' 10m line.
63 Beale is everywhere, pulling the strings for the Rebels. He puts Julian Huxley into some space as the hosts pour forward. They're right on the red try-line. Rob Simmons intercepts! Genia tries to clear but is charged down.
60 The Rebels are enjoying all the possession at the moment. They keep it tight in centre field and win a scrum. An update of James O'Connor: It's only a slight hamstring strain.
58 CONVERSION, HUXLEY. 10-27. I can't see the Rebels getting back into this game. The more important question is whether the Reds can get a bonus-point try...
56 TRY, REBELS, BEALE. 8-27. At last! The Rebels finally finish a move off. Beale has acres of space and easily steps Higginbotham to score under the posts!
54 Worrying times for the Wallabies. Cooper is sitting on the sidelines with ice on his knee and it sounds like O'Connor's injury could be serious!
52 Rob Simmons is pinned for slowing it down. Gerrard goes for the line-out but misses touch. Morahan kicks it back and Beale counters! The Rebels are just short of the line. Beale is in there again but his final pass goes to ground. The Rebels shoot themselves in the foot - again!
50 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS. 3-27. That's five from five for the Reds kicker.
48 Bad news for the Rebels (and Australia). JAMES O'CONNOR is OFF. It looks a hamstring again.
46 Sigh! The Rebels give away another penalty for hanging onto the ball, just short of the line.
44 The Rebels keep it tight and rumble over the halfway line. Beau Robinson is off his feet when he plays it so Gerrard can set up an attacking line-out.
42 Gill has also not come out for the second half. Anthony Faingaa is in front of Harris at the restart so the Rebels have a scrum. The second half sees a scrappy start, littered with errors.
Second half Quade Cooper has not returned for the second half! Ben Lucas is on. Mortlock has not come out either.
Half Time REBELS 3 - 24 REDS
44 Ah man! The Rebels really are good the screwing themselves over. They go off their feet. Penalty. Genia smashes it into touch. That's half time.
41 The Rebels are finishing the half with flourish - Beale at the heart of it. The Rebels have a penalty under the sticks and Mortlock opts for the scrum. The hooter has sounded.
39 Oouf! Harris hands Mortlock off with disdain! The veteran doesn't get sat down like that very often. Beale and O'Connor are trying to work their magic for the Rebels, but they can't do it alone!
37 CONVERSION, HARRIS. 3-24. This could get ugly. The Reds have had 60% of the possession so far.
35 TRY, REDS, WALLACE-HARRISON. 3-22. The scrum collapses, the Reds take it quickly and spread it wide. A few phases later Quade Cooper draws three defenders, twists around and pops it up for Adam Wallace-Harrison, who can cruise over untouched!
33 The Reds opt for the line-out. The go on the drive but spill the ball. The Rebels will feed the scrum 5m from their own line.
31 The Reds are keeping it tight, picking and driving forward. Now Cooper tries to chip ahead but fluffs it totally. It matters little though because the ref was playing advantage.
29 The Rebels ruin another opportunity. Delve crashes over the advantage line on the Reds 22 but the spills the ball.
27 CONVERSION, HARRIS. 3-17. Looks like the Reds are going to cruise to victory today...
26 TRY, REDS, SHIPPERLEY. 3-15 What a try!!! The Reds win a tighthead scrum, Harris chips over the top and then regathers his own kick. He gives it to F'Sautia, who turns on the gas. Shipperley is up in support and scores in the corner at the end of a 75m move!!
23 The scrums are a bit of a mess. Greg Holmes is penalised for putting his hand on the ground. Gerrard finds touch about 30m from the Reds line.
21 Close call for the Rebels! Rob Simmons busts clear and charges to the try-line. He is tackled under the posts and doesn't release - penalty! Beale clears.
20 PENALTY, REDS, HARRIS. 3-10. Harris splits the uprights from 45m out as the Rebels are pinged at the breakdown again.
17 CONVERSION, HARRIS. 3-7. Great conversion from Harris from the touchline.
16 TRY, REDS, F'SAUTIA. 3-5. The Reds reply immediately! Higginbotham latches onto a wayward Rebels line-out throw. It gets spread wide quickly and the new man Chris F'Sautia gets in for the try!
15 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR. 3-0. First blood to the hosts - Reds not rolling away.
12 Jono Owen twists out of a tackle and goes for the line! He's over! Is it a try? The TMO says 'no' - held up. We'll go back for a Rebels penalty.
10 The Reds spin a Rebels scrum a round. Gills gets hold of Phipps but doesn't roll away. Penalty. Mark Gerrard finds touch on the Reds 22.
8 Nick Phipps finds touch near half way with a box kick to relieve some pressure as the Reds try to drive for territory.
6 James O'Connor straight through! He links with Vuna and Beale and a try is on here. No! Gareth Delve cuts inside and Henderson spills it on the try line!
5 The refs warns Anthony Faingaa after he gives Delve a slap to the back of the head.
4 Cooper is charged down but Anthony Faingaa tries to break with the loose ball. The ref calls him back though because he pushed Mortlock in the back to get to the ball.
2 After a bit of a scrappy start Mike Harris kicks for touch from a penalty...but fails to find touch! Beale replies and the Reds must try attack from near halfway.
Kick-off Here we go! Kurtley Beale kicks us off. It goes straight into the arms of Will Genia, who sticks it into touch.
Mortlock farewell Stirling Mortlock takes the field accompanied by his kids. What a career he has had! The former Wallaby skipper deserves all the applause.
Team News The big news for the Reds is that winger Digby Ioane has been ruled out of this encounter with a chest infection. Ioane was named in the original starting XV but withdrew earlier today and his place will be taken by 18-year-old flyer Chris F'Sautia who earns his first Reds run-on appearance. Earlier Quade Cooper was named at fly-half after seeing no action for the Wallabies during their recent series against Wales. Will Genia captains the side in James Horwill's absence with a hamstring injury. Adam Wallace-Harrison takes his place in the second-row, while Jake Schatz will wear the number six jersey in the only other change to the run-on side.
Team News The Rebels welcome back Kurtley Beale at full-back and James O'Connor at fly-half. Captain Stirling Mortlock has been given the green light for what will be his last match on Australian soil. There's been an injury cloud over the former Wallaby's avalilability but coach Damien Hill is giving the 35-year-old up until the last possible seconds to prove his fitness. This clash will also be a home farewell to Al Campbell and Julian Huxley who will retire and move abroad respectively. Both players have been named on the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Super Rugby hit out between our hosts, the Rebels, and the tournament's defending champions, the Reds.
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