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  • Halai, Saili, Ranger, Saili, Halai (2),
    Conversions: Noakes (2), Kerr,
36 - 32

Melbourne Rebels

  • Higginbotham, Inman (2), Mitchell, Woodward,
    Penalty goals: Woodward,
    Conversions: Woodward, Woodward,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 11th May 2013
  • KO 08:35
  • Ground: Eden Park, Auckland

Blues v Rebels - Live

Last updated: 11th May 2013  

Full Time BLUES 36-32 REBELS

Conversion CONVERSION, WOODWARD. 36-32. That's full time! What a comeback from the Rebels! Thanks for joining us, cheers.

81 TRY, REBELS, WOODWARD!!! 36-30. That's the second bonus point! Ranger charges up looking for the intercept, leaving a gap for Inman to bust clear. Woodward is up in support for the Rebels fifth try!

80 The Rebels have one last chance to get a second bonus point as Woodward sets up a line-out from a penalty.

78 At last the Blues clear their lines thanks to a penalty against Fuglistaller for not releasing the tackled player.

77 The Blues have possession but they're struggling to break out of their 22. They keep ball in hand as they try to run the clock down. That's playing with fire.

75 A great opportunity here for the Rebels, who have a line-out 10 from the Blues' line. The Rebels try to maul it up but Steven Luatua rips it away!

Conversion CONVERSION, KERR. 36-25. Can the Rebels come up with a reply to save the losing bonus point?

TRY TRY, BLUES, RANGER. 34-25. Great try from the Blues! Ranger finishes the move he started with a clever dummy and a snipping run from the side of a ruck.

69 Luke Braid makes a telling break to get the Blues into a positive territory for the first time in a long time. Ranger and Piutau combine to take it up to the 22...that's better.

Penalty PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD. 29-25. Unbelievable. All the momentum is with the Rebels. The Blues' senior players need to step up. The Rebels have scored 15 points in the second half - the Blues have scored...zero.

Conversion CONVERSION, WOODWARD. 29-22. All credit to the Rebels. They currently have two bonus points, but if the trend continues, they might just win this! The Blues send on most of their bench in the hope of sparking a revival.

TRY TRY, REBELS, INMAN. 29-20. A second try for Inman! A big scrum sets it up as Higginbotham takes a quick tap after a penalty. The ball is spread wide fast and Inman can beat Halai to score!

60 The Rebels keep coming. They drive over the line again! For the third time this game they're over the line but can't get it down. Delve is denied.

55 Sir John Kirwan will not be happy man right now. The Blues have just not managed to maintain their intensity in the second half. Lots of errors have meant that the Rebels have done most of the playing. Another try and the Rebels are back in this game!

50 The Blues backs cut loose again as George Moala bursts clear down the touchline. How long before the next try? We shouldn't have to wait long!

49 Woodward MISSES the conversion.

TRY TRY, REBELS, MITCHELL. 29-15. A powerful run from Lachie Mitchell, who powers through the tackle from Ranger!

47 "Inconclusive evidence" - no try. Another 5m scrum.

46 The Rebels are over the line again! But has Cadeyrn Neville been able to get the ball down? The TMO will decide.

44 The Rebels rumble over the line with a rolling maul but Scott Fuglistaller has been held up. Good commitment from the Blues. 5m scrum to the visitors.

42 Woodward has taken over the kicking duties for The Rebels. He sets up a line-out from a penalty. Solid start for the Rebels in the second period.

Second half Here we go for round two! Noakes kicks us off. The Blues will be looking to make a statement in the second half.

Half Time BLUES 29-10 REBELS

40 That's it for the first half! Seven tries already. The Rebels are in a spot of bother with no recognised fly-half. We'll be back in ten.

39 The Rebels drive for the line but leave the ball behind along the way. The Blues can counter attack and take play back up to halfway.

37 The series of penalties for the Rebels for maul infringements sees the visitors kick for the corner to set up the attacking line-out.

35 Huge trouble for the Rebels. Angus Roberts is forced off with a dislocated shoulder (he was missing from the line for the Halai try). The REBELS have no fly-half!!

33 Noakes MISSES the conversion. Pathetic!

TRY TRY, BLUES, HALAI. 29-10. Hat-trick for Frank Halai!!! Ranger with a long pass wide as the Rebels defence is nowhere.

30 Angus Roberts MISSES the conversion.

TRY TRY, REBELS, HIGGINBOTHAM. 24-10. The tries keep coming! The Blues are sloppy at the restart and the Rebels skipper makes them pay. Higginbotham beat Ali Williams to burst clear for a great solo try.

Conversion CONVERSION, NOAKES. 24-5. O'Connor is off!!

TRY TRY, BLUES, F. SAILI. 22-5. That's the bonus point! The Blues backs are running rampant!

26 BOOM! Ranger breaks clear and bounces O'Connor off like a rag doll. Ranger kicks ahead. Jason Woodward is back to clean up but he's all alone and gets driven over the tryline. 5m scrum

Conversion CONVERSION, NOAKES. 17-5. At last a successful kick.

TRY TRY, BLUES, HALAI. 15-5. Yeah man! The Blues are on fire. Charles Piutau slices through the Rebels defence before sending a long pass wide to Halai, who crosses for his second try!

21 Noakes MISSES the conversion! 10-5 to the Blues. 0/6 for the place kickers tonight.

TRY TRY, BLUES, F. SAILI. 10-5. Whoa what a try. Ranger makes an unbelievable offload out the back of the hand in the tackle. It slips out of the finger tips of Francis Saili but falls on his boot as he hacks it ahead. Saili has the gas to chase it down and scores. The TMO rules there was no knock-on so the try stands!

17 The Blues backs are looking very dangerous, breaking through the Rebels defence almost at will. We're in for a high-scoring game.

14 O'Connor MISSES the conversion! 5-5 it stays. So far we've seen 5 shots at goal tonight...none successful!

TRY TRY, REBELS, INMAN!! 5-5. The Rebels strike back. Ali Williams spills the ball and it's picked up by Higginbotham, who crashes over the advantage line. The Rebels have the momentum as they send it wide to Inman. Noakes falls off the tackle to gift the Rebels centre a try.

11 Noakes misses the conversion.

TRY TRY, BLUES, HALAI. 5-0. First blood to the home side with their first visit to the Rebels 22. Patient build up play before good hands to get the ball out to Halai on the wing.

8 Noakes MISSES!! The Rebels give away a penalty for offside. Noakes misses an easy one.

6 O'Connor MISSES again. That's a bad one. 30m out, dead in front. He should have nailed that. 0-0 it remains.

4 O'Connor attacks the inside channel. Noakes makes the tackle but doesn't release. The Blues pile into the ruck. Penalty!

2 James O'Connor MISSES with his first attempt at goal from about 50m out.

Kick off Here we go! James O'Connor kicks us off. The Blues are keen to counter attack as Francis Saili chips ahead for George Moala to chase. He bursts upfield. The Blues are off their feet at the ruck. Penalty!

Team News Rebels utility back Kurtley Beale has again been suspended after being spotted drinking at a Rugby League game. Rebels coach Damien Hill has made several changes to his squad. Japanese international Shota Horie has earned a position in the run-on side, as has Lachie Mitchell, who replaces an injured Rory Sidey.

Team News Blues boss Sir John Kirwan has made five changes to his run-on side. Anthony Boric will partner Ali Williams in the second-row. Boric replaces Culum Retallick who is rested for this match. Luke Braid relegated to the bench, with Brendon O'Connor taking over the number seven jersey. Elsewhere in the pack, Quentin MacDonald replaces the injured Keven Mealamu at hooker. At loosehead prop Tim Perry comes in for Tom McCartney. Among the backs, Rene Ranger moves from the wing to outside centre due to an ankle injury to Jackson Willison. Francis Saili shifts one place to inside centre to accommodate Ranger's arrival. George Moala takes over the number 11 jersey from Ranger.

Welcome Hello and welcome to Eden Park in Auckland for this Super Rugby clash between, our hosts, the Blues and the Melbourne Rebels. The Blues are on a high after claiming a narrow win over the Stormers last weekend while the Rebels are out to redeem themselves after losing to the Chiefs in their previous match. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.

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