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  • English (2), Hegarty (2), Vuna (2),
    Conversions: Woodward (4),
38 - 37

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  • Smith, Woodcock, Gear, Ellison,
    Penalty goals: Parker, Slade (2),
    Conversions: Slade (4),
  • Super Rugby
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  • 12th Jul 2013
  • KO 10:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels v Highlanders - Live

Last updated: 12th July 2013  

Full Time Rebels 38-37 Highlanders. An incredible comeback from the home side as they somehow overcome a 24-point deficit at the break to claim a memorable victory for the Rebels. It's a great sign off for the Rebels' departing stars but for the Highlanders it's another match that's got away from them in a season to forget.

TRY80 TRY, REBELS, HEGARTY, 38-37. They spread it wide quickly through the hands and Vuna is in some space down the near touchline. The winger loops it inside to Hegarty who manages to dive over - the Rebels are ahead! They give Delve the chance to add the extras with the hooter having gone. He can't convert but it doesn't matter, the Rebels have done it!

Penalty79 No surprise that the Rebels only have one thing on their mind and that is to run the ball. Twelve phases later and Delve surges just short of the 22.

Penalty77 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, PARKER 37-33. The replacement makes no mistake and the Rebels now need to score a try.

76 O'Connor clears down to Smith but the Rebels are too eager and are in front of the kicker! Parker has a kick from right in front to take the lead to four.

TRY74 TRY, REBELS, HEGARTY 33-34. Delve picks off from the back of the scrum and is just short. Pyle has a go and gets even closer. O'Connor shovels it out to Hegarty on the near side and the fly-half shows some good footwork to stay in the field of play before dotting down. After some super strikes from out wide, Woodward just can't get this one over as it fades to the left.

73 They take it quickly and everyone is eager to get there hands on it as the Rebels bash it up. Again they're just a few meters short. The hosts are perhaps lucky to get the scrum feed as the ball is held up in the tackle.

71 Vuna takes the line-out quickly and breaks down the near touchline. The ball is spread to the opposite side where English powers into the 22. Ellison is pinged at the ruck and the Rebels have the penalty.

70 Jones and Reid have made an impact for the Rebels and it's the former who carries strongly from the restart. O'Connor clears to Smith who runs it up to halfway where Reid manages the turnover. Robinson breaks one tackle and offloads to Woodward who gets into the 22, he gives it to Hegarty and then O'Connor and back to Woodward and the Rebels are just short! The ball is turned over just short of the line and the Highlanders clear.

TRY68 TRY, REBELS, ENGLISH 28-34. The forwards carry it up before they get quick ball moving towards the near touchline and O'Connor is able to draw two men and give English enough space to get through and he's over for the five-pointer. Woodward adds two more from out wide, another great kick.

67 Reid punches it up through the midfield and the Rebels are just short. The Highlanders stray offside and the Rebels have a penalty right in front of the posts. They try to take it quickly but they're not on the mark and are called back.

66 The Highlanders are on under heavy pressure on their own feed inside their 22 but Slade manages to clear. The Rebels win a penalty on halfway as the Highlanders go offside. Woodward sets up the line-out 7 out from the Highlanders line.

64 The Rebles spread it wide from the restart and English burst down the touchline and into enemy territory. He finds O'Connor on his inside but the fly-half knocks it on as he looks to pop it up.

TRY62 TRY, REBELS, VUNA 21-34. Vuna is going out with a ban, that's his double! A strong scrum from the Rebels, Delve picks up and hands it off to Phipps and then to Vuna with O'Connor running the dummy run and they don't cover Vuna who streaks over! Woodward adds the extras.

60 Slade doesn't find touch and Vuna runs it back before putting in the high kick. It's taken really well by Luke Jones who drives strongly into the 22. Penalty and it's taken quickly by the Rebels. They drive towards the line but come up just short and get the scrum put in.

59 They go to the back and it's messy, with the ball shooting out and rocketing off Phipps' legs and onto the Highlanders side. It's cleared and the Rebels take the line-out quickly. O'Connor is becoming more prominent, getting the line moving. Delve is carrying the ball like a man on a mission. O'Connor tries a little kick over the top but he doesn't get the height and it's snuffled by the Highlanders. An exchange of kicks ends with a Highlanders line-out 10 out from their own line. Short arm to the Highlanders for numbers at the line-out.

56 Aaron Smith tries to clear from the line-out but is tackled before he can get the kick off. The ball goes sideways and the ball is cleared but Dixon is in front of the kicker and the Rebels have a penalty. Line-out to the hosts 10m out.

55 Sidey slices through the Highlanders defence and they move it into the Highlanders half but a ball and all tackle from Ellison sees Woodward tackled into touch.

54 A knock on from the restart by the Highlanders. Strong running from Delve as he gests his side right into the 22. O'Connor looks for runners but can't find any and hands it off to Phipps who takes the contact and knocks on. Smith hammers the clearance and it's a great kick, all the way down to the Rebels 22.

Penalty52 PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SLADE 34-14. A strong scrum from the Highlanders and they're awarded the penalty right in front although they may have wanted some advantage. Slade makes no mistake.

50 The Rebels clear from the kick-off and it's no surprise that the Highlanders run it back at them. After ten phases they're on the edge of the Rebels 22 and the ball gets stuck a ruck so it's a scrum to the Highlanders.

Conversion48 CONVERSION, REBELS, WOODWARD 14-31. A cracking strike from out wide from Woodward and he adds the extras. James O'Connor is on the field.

TRY47 TRY, REBELS, VUNA 12-31. Phipps swings the ball from the base and the Rebels look for a loop around that doesn't come off and the ball goes loose. It looks like there may be a knock on but the Rebels play on and Vuna grabs possession and wriggles through two tackles and over the line! Replays show the ball ping ponged around first off the boot of Woodward and then Smith so it's a fair try.

46 The Rebels pick and go before English runs straight and strong to take the Rebels with a few metres. Weaks dives for the line but he's just short. The ball isn't coming out and it's a Rebels scrum.

44 The Rebels work the ball well through the phases, making ground with each carry but Bekhuis manages to grab an intercept but a knock on gives possession back to the Rebels. Pyle, Robinson and Vuna are prominent as the Rebels edge into the 22.

42 A knock on in midfield give the Highlanders an interesting attacking option. Slade spots Gear out wide and tries the cross kick and it's into the right space but it's just too far for the winger.

Away we go The second half gets underway with the Rebels kicking off.

Half Time Melbourne Rebels 7 - 31 Highlanders

Conversion40 SLADE CONVERSION! 7-31! Another solid kick as the two teams go into the sheds feeling very different.

TRY39 WOODCOCK TRY! 7-29! It's all Highlanders right now. The All Blacks loosehead powers over the line on the left wing for the perfect end to the first-half from their perspective. Can Slade add the extras?

Conversion37 SLADE CONVERSION! 7-24! Excellent kick from the number ten as the lead grows to seventeen points.

TRY36 ELLISON TRY! 7-22! Well, the Highlanders are over again. Good straightening of the line from the in-form centre and the visitors are flying right now. Slade's conversion from wide out is coming up.

33 Frustrating for the Highlanders as they set up camp five out but their promising spell in possession ends with veteran Brad Thorn fumbling. The Rebels are soon up to the halfway line and looking good.

30 One change to mention for the Rebels as Jordy Reid is on for Scott Fuglistaller, who is hobbling off

29 Ben Smith is in excellent form today as he slips through the defence on halfway and motors to the 22. He offloads to Aaron Smith but that's a shocking no look pass from the scrum-half that halts momentum.

Penalty27 SLADE PENALTY! 7-17! The lead grows in Melbourne.

26 Great scrum from the Highlanders as they win a penalty on the Rebels put in. Shot for Slade coming up.

23 Will the Rebels do what they did ten minutes ago and hit back in quick time? It doesn't look like it just yet as Rory Sidey is caught taking a pass adjudged forward by referee Andrew Lees. Frustrating.

Conversion20 SLADE CONVERSION! 7-14! Great kick from the fly-half.

TRY19 GEAR TRY! 7-12! They're over again. An easy run-in off a ruck from close range for the big winger.

18 Turnover! The Rebels can go from here and do just that with Woodward chipping over before ripping the ball out of Slade's grasp. The Highlanders survive though and will throw in 35 out from the home line.

16 We're still here...but possession has changed hands once again as Smith waits to feed 40 metres out.

14 Nightmare for Aaron Smith as he fumbles at the tail of that scrum just as it looked he would have room to motor down the blindside. Net result, we have another set-piece but this time Nick Phipps puts in.

13 Play is 40 metres out from the Rebels line with the Highlanders about to pack down. What an opening this has been to the game with two tries on the board inside ten or so minute. More of this please.

Conversion11 WOODWARD CONVERSION! 7-7! We are locked up Melbourne.

TRY10 ENGLISH TRY! 5-7! What a response from the Rebels as they hit back through Tom English. It was a good team try from 40 metres out that led to the outside centre fending off Slade en route to the try-line.

Conversion8 SLADE CONVERSION! 0-7! Nice strike from the All Black.

TRY7 BEN SMITH TRY! 0-5! They're over. A step inside a lock and the full-back is over for the opening try.

6 Here come the Highlanders now with Ben Smith finding Hosea Gear 20 out. Play is recycled with Andrew Hore taking it up, with quick ball keeping the Rebels honest in defence. Can they strike early on?

4 A high tackle on Cooper Vuna leads to the first points possibly being put on the board. Unfortunately for the Rebels, Jason Woodward's effort goes wide but the Rebels are soon back in possession 40 out.

Kick-off Colin Slade gets things going before the Rebels show their intent early on, running from their own 22 initially before putting boot to ball. And they turn over possession soon after, taking it to halfway.

Wooden Spoon

Wooden Spoon The Highlanders will be looking for a win to ensure that they don't finish bottom of the overall table this season. Should Jamie Joseph's men lose and the Kings beat the Sharks tomorrow, a tough season will have an even more woeful look to it.

Farewell The Rebels are saying goodbye to a handful of their foundation players tonight and they'll be wanting to send the likes of skipper Gareth Delve out on a high.

Welcome The second live game of the day comes from Melbourne where the Rebels host the Highlanders. The men from the south of New Zealand are flying high after their win over the Hurricanes while the Rebels play their first Super Rugby game since June 7. Kick-off is fast approaching so let's get to it.

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