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Full time Reds 33 Rebels 20
80 Mike Harris misses with the conversion and that's the final act of the match. It was a difficult game for the hosts but in the end they did what was required of them and this result will consolidate their position on the table. The Rebels are unlucky as they controlled large parts of this game. They gave as good as they got and can hold their heads high for their contribution to this entertaining spectacle.
80 TRY, REDS, LUCAS! 33-20. Gennia throws a long pass, close to the Rebels' try-line and Ben Lucas gets in four the hosts' try-scoring bonus point!
78 The Rebels are under the cosh at a scrum on their five-metre line. The Reds put huge pressure on them at the set-piece but O'Connor does well to clear while receiving the ball on the back-foot.
75 The Reds attack inside the Rebels' 22 but lose possession when Radike Samo knocks on!
73 Ben Daly is penalised for entering a ruck from the side. O'Connor kicks for touch and puts the ball out about 10 metres from the Reds' 22-metre line.
70 CONVERSION, REDS, HARRIS! 28-20. Mike Harris has taken over the goal-kicking duties from Cooper and promptly lands his first effort from close to the touchline!
69 TRY, REDS, COOPER! 26-20. Cooper, of all people, picks up and goes from about five metres out and squeezes over the line!
67 Genia tries to launch a box kick but his effort is charged down by Nick Phipps! The Reds get out of jail as the ball rolls into touch.
65 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 21-20. Cooper puts the hosts back in front after the Rebels forwards are penalised for an infringement at a maul.
63 The Reds are awarded a penalty when Sidey clings to the ball on the ground. Cooper puts it into touch 10 metres inside the Rebels' half.
61 Woodward takes a shot at goal from the halfway mark, after Saia Faingaa is penalised for throwing a punch in the aftermath to Schatz's try. The kick has the distance but not the direction.
59 TRY, REDS, SCHATZ! 18-20. The Reds launch a drive from a line-out inside the Rebels' 22 and Jake Schatz gets in under a mass of bodies!
57 The referee consults the TMO regarding a complaint of foul play. the fourth official awards nothing more than a penalty to the Reds after Neville trips Saia Faingaa off the ball.
54 The Rebels show great enterprise with a flowing back-line move close to the halfway mark. The ball comes out to Lachlan Mitchell, who kicks ahead. unfortunately for him his effort sails directly into touch.
51 The Rebels suffer a major setback when Scott Higginbotham is forced to leave the field with what looks like a serious shoulder injury. He is replaced by Gareth Delve.
48 Cooper gets a chance to narrow the gap, after the Rebels front row are pinned for a scrum infringement. He strikes it well but his effort is just wide of the mark.
46 Genia makes a break inside the Rebels ' 22 and is stopped just short of the line by Mitch Inman! He gets his pass away to Davis, who dots down, but the referee rules that the effort was forward!
44 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 13-20. O'Connor gets the first points of the half after Ben Lucas is pinned for not rolling away at a ruck!
40 Cooper gets the second half underway! His kick is gathered by O'Connor who is stopped in his tracks just outside his 22.
Half Time Reds 13 Rebels 17
40 TRY, REBELS, SIDEY! 13-15. Cooper tries another clearances kick but slips and his effort bounces off Nuc Henderson into Sidey's hands and the centre gets in for an easy five-pointer!
39 DROP GOAL, REDS, COOPER! 13-10. Cooper drops into the pocket and lands a snap-shot from about 15 metres out!
36 CONVERSION, REBELS, O'CONNOR! 10-10. O'Connor adds the extras to draw his side level!
35 TRY, REBELS, FUGLISTALLER! 10-8. Scott Fuglistaller charges down a clearance kick from Cooper and dives onto the the bouncing ball behind the Reds' try-line!
32 CONVERSION, REDS, COOPER! 10-3. Cooper adds the extras to extend the hosts' lead! Robinson also returns to action after his spell in the sin bin.
31 TRY, REDS, MORAHAN! 8-3. Luke Morahan intercepts a long pass from Rory Sidey close to the halfway line and races away before dotting down under the posts!
30 After several re-set scrums the Rebels eventually go on the attack. They make little headway, however, as Mitch Inman knocks on a pass from James O'Connor close to the Reds' try-line!
26 The Rebels are awarded a penalty on the Reds' five-metre line but opt to take a scrum as they go in search of the game's opening try.
23 Cadeyrn Neville burrows his way over the try-line but is held up by two Reds defenders.
22 YELLOW CARD, REDS, ROBINSON! Beau Robinson is sent to the sin bin after punching Scott Fuglistaller at a scrum. His hit leads to a punch-up between several other players but Robinson is made to pay for starting the fight!
20 Will Genia launches an attack and throws a long pass to Rod Davies but the referee calls them back for a forward pass from the Wallaby scrum-half.
17 Cooper launches a cross-kick for Morahan to chase! The speedster gives chase but can only watch as the ball rolls into touch.
15 PENALTY, REDS, COOPER! 3-3. Cooper gets the hosts' first points, from the kicking tee, after the Rebels are pinned for being offside!
12 The Reds are on the attack inside the Rebels' 22 after Cooper puts Luke Morahan into space with a perfectly-timed pass! Morahan gets past Mitch Inman's flailing tackle but goes to ground close to the touchline after the Rebels centre manages to ankle tap the Reds flyer!
9 It's messy from the scrum and Cooper's clearance only makes 10ms. Higginbotham takes the line-out and they initially look to maul it up but with limited success they take it to the backs where the ball is knocked on and the Reds clear right down the middle. Cooper and Woodward exchange kicks but the latter's second effort goes into the in-goal area and it's a 22.
6 O'Connor shapes to kick but instead runs it up over the 22 before Woodward clears. The teams exchange kicks before Mitchell finds tons of space in the middle and slices through! O'Connor is there in support and they're into the 22. The ball goes wide but Higginbotham runs out of space out wide and the skipper throws it forward as he tries to keep the ball in play.
4 PENALTY, REBELS, O'CONNOR 3-0. No mistake from the fly-half as he strikes it down the middle to bring up 500 career points in Super Rugby.
2 The Reds clear the kick-off to the 10m line. O'Connor shuffles sideways and hands it off to Inman who doesn't have any space to move. Robinson and Jones prominent early on with a couple of carries. After 11 phases the Reds are pinged for not rolling away and the Rebels have an early chance to put points on the board.
Away we go We're underway at the Suncrop!
The big battle Much of the talk this week has been about the showdown between the number tens, Quade Cooper and James O'Connor. The latter is the leading contender to wear the Wallabies jumper against the British and Irish Lions, with Cooper very much out of favour. A big showing from the Reds fly-half here will only add further to the chorus calling for his inclusion in Robbie Deans' squad.
Team news The Reds have made five changes for this encounter after a grueling tour to South Africa and what turned out into a nightmare 40 hour return home. Full-back Jono Lance (neck) and centre Chris Feauai-Sautia (hamstring) are ruled out of the encounter by injury and they are replaced by Ben Lucas and Ben Tapuai respectively. Flankers Beau Robinson and Ed Quirk come into the back row at the expense of Radike Samo and Liam Gill while at hooker Saia Faingaa makes way for James Hanson. The Rebels welcome back playmaker James O'Connor, with the fly-half having spent a spell on the sidelines due to injury.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane for our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between our hosts, the Reds, and the Melbourne Rebels. We'll be back soon with team news.
Updates to appear here at 19:25 local (10:25 BST, 09:25 GMT)
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|19:45||Worcester vs Leicester|
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|15:00||Harlequins vs Wasps|
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|20:00||Sale Sharks vs Saracens|
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|Sunday 1st December|
|Newcastle 9 - 35 Harlequins|
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|Bath 21 - 16 Exeter|
|Worcester 10 - 33 Northampton|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Wasps|
|Saracens 24 - 19 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 29th November|
|Gloucester 17 - 22 Leicester|
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|Wasps 5 - 28 Bath|
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|Northampton 18 - 0 Newcastle|
|Harlequins 27 - 19 Gloucester|
|Exeter 9 - 16 Saracens|
|Leicester 20 - 11 London Irish|
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|Sale Sharks 26 - 10 Worcester|
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|London Irish 14 - 19 Northampton|
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|Leicester 16 - 23 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 30 - 32 Wasps|
|Friday 1st November|
|Sale Sharks 16 - 18 Exeter|
|Worcester 6 - 21 Bath|
|Sunday 27th October|
|Newcastle 13 - 11 London Irish|
|Wasps 22 - 12 Leicester|
|Saturday 26th October|
|Northampton 41 - 20 Saracens|
|Exeter 40 - 6 Worcester|
|Harlequins 24 - 3 Sale Sharks|
|Friday 25th October|
|Bath 15 - 13 Gloucester|
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