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  • Higginbotham, Phipps, Pyle (2), Beale (2), Higginbotham, Phipps, Pyle (2),
    Conversions: O'Connor (8),
33 - 39


  • Aki, Anscombe (3), Cane, Retallick, Anscombe (3), Cane, Retallick, Aki,
    Penalty goals: Anscombe, Anscombe,
    Conversions: Anscombe (3), Anscombe (3),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 3rd May 2013
  • KO 10:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels v Chiefs - Live

Last updated: 3rd May 2013  

Full time Rebels 33 Chiefs 39

80 The Rebels take the ball through seven phases, close to the Chiefs' try-line, but Sam Cane does brilliantly when he manages to hold Mitch Inman up in the tackle. When the maul becomes static the referee awards the scrum to the visitors but there won't be time for the set-piece as the hooter has sounded to indicate the end of this thrilling match! The Chiefs are victorious but credit goes to the Rebels who never gave up hope of clinching an unlikely win! It was an entertaining spectacle and it's unfortunate that there must be a loser in the end.

79 The Rebels are making a game of this! Phipps and Vuna combine and it takes the combine effort of Anscombe and Lelia Masaga to bundle Vuna into touch inside the Chiefs' 22!

78 Anscombe gets in for what he thinks is fourth try after Patrick Osborne, does well to win a turnover at a ruck. The effort is disallowed, however, after the TMO rules that Osborne knocked on in the build up!

Conversion76 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 33-39. O'Connor adds the extras which means they still have a chance of winning this game!

TRY75 TRY, REBELS, BEALE! 31-39. Kurtley Beale runs onto a pass from Rory Sidey and beats four Chiefs defenders before getting in for the five-pointer!

73 Despite that last try, the Rebels have not surrendered yet. They take the ball through six phases and are soon awarded a scrum inside the Chiefs' 22.

TRY70 TRY, CHIEFS, RETALLICK! 26-39. Brodie Retallick charges down a clearance kick from O'Connor and dives onto the loose ball behind the Rebels' try-line!

TRY68 TRY, REBELS, PHIPPS! 26-34. Beale and O'Connor weave their magic, as they trade passes from inside their own half, before O'Connor offloads to Phipps who gets in for an easy five-pointer!

Penalty67 PENALTY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 21-34. Anscombe succeeds with a three-pointer, from the kicking tee, after Cooper Vuna is pinned for holding onto the ball on the ground!

Conversion64 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 21-31. O'Connor adds the extra two points and the lead is once again narrowed to 10 points!

TRY63 TRY, REBELS, PYLE! 19-31. Hugh Pyle gets in for his second try after running onto a short pass from Kurtley Beale, close to the Chiefs' try-line!

60 Higginbotham picks up and goes from the base of a scrum, on the Chiefs' five-metre line but is stopped in his tracks by a solid hit from Aki!

57 Several Chiefs forwards are pinned for going offside at a ruck. O'Connor kicks for touch and puts the ball out deep inside the Chiefs' 22.

Conversion54 O'Connor kicks for touch, after the Chiefs are pinned for a ruck infringement. He fails to find touch as Asaeli Tikoirotuma does well to keep the ball in play close to the touchline.

Conversion51 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 14-31. Anscombe adds another two-pointer to push his personal total to 21 points!

TRY50 TRY, CHIEFS, CANE! 14-29. Sam Cane runs onto a pass from Matt Vant Leven, off the back of a scrum, and slips past Mitch Inman before getting in for the visitors' fifth try!

48 The Chiefs attack close to the Rebels' try-line with their forwards. The ball comes out to Craig Clarke, who makes a surge towards the line but he is held up by two defenders!

45 The Chiefs put huge pressure on the Rebels at a scrum. The home side are eventually penalised for collapsing the set-piece but the visitors opt to take another scrum.

42 Jason Woodward kicks for touch and puts the ball out successfully. The referee rules that the ball was passed back into the 22 and the Chiefs are on the attack at the resulting line-out.

40 O'Connor gets the second half started with a deep hanging kick which Cane gathers on the edge of his 22-metre line! He sets up a ruck after running straight into several Rebels forwards.

Half Time Rebels 14 Chiefs 24

40 Jarrod Saffy knocks on a pass from Phipps and from the resulting scrum the ball comes out to Asaeli Tikoirotuma, who runs it into touch. That's the final act of the half as the sides head into the sheds for half-time. It's been an entertaining half as both teams have showed a willingness to run the ball from all areas of the field. The Chiefs have already secured their try-scoring bonus-point but the Rebels are still in this match and have fought back well, especially during the latter stages of the opening 40 minutes.

39 Brodie Retallick is lucky to escape with just a penalty awarded against him after he is pointed out for foul play.

Conversion37 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 14-24. O'Connor adds the extra two-pointer which narrwos the gap to 10 points!

TRY36 TRY, REBELS, PYLE! 12-24. Hugh Pyle rounds off after the Rebels attack from outside the Chiefs' 22! It's a great team effort as several forwards and backs handle the ball in the build-up!

33 The Rebels go onto the attack, just outside the Chiefs' 22, but concede possession when Inman knocks on a pass from O'Connor.

30 The Rebels go onto the attack close to the halfway line but are awarded a penalty when Cane plays the ball on the ground. O'Connor puts the ball out about 20 metres from the Chiefs' 22.

TRY27 TRY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 7-24. Nanai-Williams launches a counter-attack, from inside his half, and beats three defenders before getting his pass out to Anscombe, who dots down in the left-hand corner this time!

Conversion24 Anscombe sets off on an attack but after getting past Phipps he is brought to ground by a shuddering tackle from Inman.

Conversion21 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 7-19. Anscombe dusts himself off, after his try, and calmly slots over the place-kick to extend his side's lead!

TRY20 TRY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 7-17. Sam Cane wins a crucial turnover and Brendon Leonard, Pauliasi Manu and Nanai-Williams all handle before the ball comes out to Anscombe who gets in for his second try!

19 The Chiefs try to launch an attack at a line-out but Hugh Pyle does well to poach the ball from under the nose of Brodie Retallick!

Conversion16 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 7-12. James O'Connor adds the extras to narrow the gap!

TRY15 TRY, REBELS, HIGGINBOTHAM! 5-12. Scott Higginbotham makes a break and beats two defenders before offloading to Tom English, who steps inside before passing back to Higginbotham. The burly back-rower forces his way over the try-line despite the attentions of two defenders!

14 Cruden spots a gap behind the Rebels' defence and puts through a 35-metre cross-field kick which rolls into touch just inside the Rebels' half.

Conversion11 CONVERSION, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 0-12. Anscombe makes no mistake with the two-pointer to extend the visitors' lead!

TRY10 TRY, CHIEFS, AKI! 0-10. Bundee Aki runs onto a pass from Brendon Leonard from a line-out and waltzes his way past three defenders before scoring under the posts!

9 Tom English is pinned for being offside. Cruden kicks for touch and puts the ball out inside the Rebels' 22.

6 The Chiefs attack out wide but lose momentum when Tim Nanai-Williams takes a big hit in midfield from Mitch Inman!

4 Asaeli Tikoirotuma sets off on a run and beats three defenders! He is eventually brought to ground after an ankle-tap from Nick Phipps.

TRY1 TRY, CHIEFS, ANSCOMBE! 0-5. The Chiefs show their intent when they take the ball out wide to their backs, after Ben Tameifuna goes on a bullocking run down the left flank, and Gareth Anscombe rounds off in the right-hand corner.

Kick off Aaron Cruden gets us underway! His kick is gathered by James O'Connor who sets up a ruck just outside his 22.

Team news The Rebels have selected troubled Wallaby Kurtley Beale on the bench for this game. Apart from Beale's addition at the expense of Angus Roberts, Hill has named an unchanged team to the side that went down to the Crusaders on Sunday in Christchurch.

Team news Chiefs boss has made several changes to his run-on side. Tameifuna and Pauliasi Manu will start as the props with Michael Kainga ruled out with a shoulder injury. Sam Cane is in the line-up, with Matt Vant Leven getting his first start this season in the number eight jersey.Brendon Leonard starts at half-back while Augustine Pulu moving to the bench. Bundee Aki comes in to replace Richard Kahui, who is carrying a shoulder injury, while the back trio of Tim Nanai-Williams, Lelia Masaga and Gareth Anscombe remains the same. Up front, hooker Hika Elliot comes onto the bench and is joined by prop Toby Smith, flanker Tanerau Latimer and winger Patrick Osborne.

Welcome Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Super Rugby clash between the Rebels and the Chiefs. We'll return shortly with team news.

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