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  • Mitchell,
    Penalty goals: O'Connor (2),
    Conversions: O'Connor,
13 - 23

Reds

  • Tapuai, Frisby,
    Penalty goals: Cooper (3),
    Conversions: Cooper (2),
  • Super Rugby
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  • 8th Mar 2013
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels v Reds - Live

Last updated: 8th March 2013  

Full Time Rebels 13 Reds 23

80 The Rebels are trying desperately to score again so that they can go home with at least a bonus point. After taking the ball through seven phases Laurie Weeks knocks on and the referee brings proceedings to a close with a shrill blast of his whistle. The Reds dominated the second half and fully deserve this win as they also managed to prevent the Rebels from scoring any points during this period. The hosts will know that this was a match that they could so easily have won if they continued in the same fashion that they ended the first half. But it was not to be and the Reds go home with four points for this win

Penalty79 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 13-23. Cooper seals the win for the visitors after the Rebels are penalised for a ruck infringement in front of the uprights!

76 After taking the ball through 21 phases inside the Rebels' 22, the Reds lose possession when Simmons holds onto the ball on the ground at a ruck close to the Rebels' try-line.

73 Cooper gets a chance to push his side further in front when the Rebels infringe at a scrum. The part-time boxer's effort not on target and the hosts gain a reprieve.

71 Cooper attacks inside the Rebels' 22 and puts Jono Lance into a gap. The big full-back pins his ears back but is stopped just short of the Rebels try-line by a brilliant tackle from Mitch Inman!

70 Albert Anae fails to roll away at a ruck and is penalised but the referee changes his decision after consulting the TMO. This after Ged Robinson id identified for foul play on Anae.

67 The Rebels are on the attack inside the Reds' 22. They take the ball through 12 phases but cannot breach the visitors' defence!

65 Anthony Faingaa does well when he wins a turnover inside his 22. The ball comes out to Gill who kicks for touch and puts the ball out 15 metres outside his 22-metre area.

63 Cadeyrn Neville takes the ball into contact but spills it forward after taking a hit from Radike Samo.

Penalty60 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 13-20. Cooper adds another three-pointer after Fuglistaller is penalised for a late tackle on him.

56 Cooper tries to put Simmons into a gap but the move goes horribly wrong when the big lock knocks on.

54 Cooper attacks out wide and offloads to Jake Schatz who has little room to move and is bundled into touch by Ged Robinson.

52 Saia Faingaa does brilliantly when he wins a turnover at a ruck just inside his half. All that good work is vain, however, as Tapuai kicks the ball directly into touch.

50 O'Connor gets a chance to narrow the gap, when several Reds forwards are pinned for going off their feet at a ruck. The kick sails just wide of the uprights. That's his third miss of the game!

48 James Slipper is forced to leave the field with blood gushing from his mouth. He is replaced by Albert Anae.

45 The Reds are on the attack deep inside the Rebels' half but lose momentum when Greg Holmes is penalised for diving into a ruck.

Conversion42 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 13-17. Cooper slots the two-pointer from up against the touchline to extend the visitors' lead!

TRY41 TRY, REDS, FRISBY! 13-15. Nick Frisby rounds off in the left-hand corner after Anthony Faingaa and Digby Ioane do well in the build-up. Ioane starts the attack on the halfway mark before offloading to Faingaa who passes to Frisby deep inside the hosts' 22!

40 Cooper gets the second half started. His kick is gathered by Higginbotham who goes to ground just outside his 22.

Half Time Rebels 13 Reds 10

40 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 13-10. O'Connor adds the extras to extend his side's lead. That's the final act of the half and the sides head into the sheds. It's been a game where the Reds dominated the early exchanges but the Rebels have fought back bravely during the latter part and hold a deserved lead.

TRY40 TRY, REBELS, MITCHELL! 11-10. The Rebels attack from a scrum on the Reds' five-metre line. After taking the ball through a couple of phases, the ball comes out to O'Connor who offloads to Lachlan Mitchell who slices through the Reds defence before scoring under the posts!

37 Nick Phipps puts a grubber kick through which rolls into touch about seven metres from the Reds' try-line.

35 Cooper puts in a cross-kick for dom Shipperley to chase. The wing turns on the gas but it's in vain as the kick is overcooked and rolls into touch!

32 O'Connor gets another chance to narrow the gap, after Greg Holmes holds onto the ball on the ground. His effort has the distance but not the direction.

Penalty29 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 6-10. O'Connor adds another three-pointer after Rob Simmons is pinned for playing the ball on the ground at a ruck!

26 Scott Fuglistaller has just butchered a try! Scott Higginbotham makes a telling break before offloading to Fuglistaller, who tries to get a pass away to Angus Roberts. However, he holds on too long and knocks on!

24 Alex Rokobaro takes the ball into contact but knocks on after a text-book tackle from Gill!

22 The Reds launch a drive from a line-out deep inside the Rebels' 22. Saia Faingaa spins out of three tackles but loses the ball when he crashes over the try-line!

20 Cooper launches a bomb which Rob Simmons takes inside the Rebels' 22! He offloads to Liam Gill who is stopped just short of the try-line!

19 Nic Henderson is lying prone on the ground after taking a big hit from James Slipper!

Conversion17 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 3-10. Cooper adds the two-pointer to extend his side's lead!

TRY16 TRY, REDS, TAPUAI! 3-8. After driving the ball to within inches of the try-line with their forwards, the ball comes out to Ben Tapuai who beats Lachlan Mitchell with some fancy footwork before dotting down!

13 O'Connor gets a chance to put his side in front after Dom Shipperley is pinned for holding onto the ball on the deck but his kick is wide of the mark.

10 The Reds launch a driving maul off a line-out before taking the ball wide. However, they play back inside where Digby Ioane is brought to ground on the edge of the Rebels' 22 by Mitch Inman.

8 The Reds do well when they take the ball through several phases, inside their half. They lose momentum, however, when the Rebels forwards ruck them off the ball but the visitors are handed the initiative again when their hosts commit a handling error while on attack.

Penalty6 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 3-3. O'Connor draws his side level after Ed Quirk enters a ruck from the side.

Penalty3 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 0-3. Quade Cooper opens the scoring from the kicking tee after the home side is penalised for a ruck infringement.

Kick-off Angus Roberts gets us underway! His kik is gathered by Ed O'Donoghue who immediately sets up a ruck inside his 22.

Team news Wallabies utility back James O'Connor will play at fly-half for the Rebels in this match. O'Connor replaces the injured Kurtley Beale and will once again captain the side, in place of Gareth Delve who is also sidelined. O'Connor is replaced at full-back by Angus Roberts while Alex Rokobaro comes in for Rory Sidey on the left wing, in the only other changes to the starting XV.

Team news Reds boss Ewen McKenzie has made three changes to his starting XV bringing in Wallabies centre Anthony Faingaa, young scrum-half Nick Frisby and full-back Jono Lance. Faingaa comes in for Chris Feauai-Sautia while Frisby and Lance replace Ben Lucas and Aidan Toua respectively.

Welcome Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Australian Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Rebels, and the Reds. Don't go away! We'll be back shortly with team news.

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