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  • Hegarty, Higginbotham, Mitchell, Woodward, Burgess,
    Penalty goals: Roberts,
    Drop goals: Roberts,
    Conversions: Hegarty (2),
35 - 14


  • Cook, Barnes,
    Penalty goals: Goosen,
    Conversions: Goosen,
  • Super Rugby
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  • 28th Feb 2014
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels v Cheetahs - LIve

Last updated: 28th February 2014  


80 Roberts pushes the kick wide, but the Rebels will care not a jot. A brilliant victory, outplaying the Cheetahs in virtually every aspect of the game.

TRY80 TRY, REBELS, HIGGINBOTHAM! 35-14 Fantastic! The try of the night from the Rebels, near length of the field stuff. Meehan with a great break downfield, ball back to Pyle, and spread wide to the skipper who outpaces the cover defence and finishes brilliantly in the corner. What a way to finish off a great win!


79 Penalty Rebels from that scrum. And Roberts will round things off with another kick at goal right in front of the posts.

78 Double knock-on is the call, first from the Cheetahs, second from Higginbotham. Scrum-five Rebels in the shadow of the posts.

78 It could be another try! English goes from 60 metres out, looked like he cut inside unnecessarily, but a few offloads later Hugh Pyle crashes over. Was there a knock-on? We're about to check.

Drop Goal77 DROP-GOAL, REBELS, ROBERTS! 27-14! The replacement sits back in the pocket and after a few phases, knocks over a simple three-pointer.

75 It was straight enough, but it didn't have the legs. However, there's a huge tackle on le Roux and the ball has been spilled by the Cheetahs 10 metres from their own line. Exactly where the Rebels want to be at this stage.

73 Penalty Rebels on the Cheetahs 22, very good defence from Ellison. Angus Roberts going for goal, out on the left-hand-side.

Conversion71 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 24-14 It's a ten-point game, now. Nine minutes to play.


70 Looks like a try for Ryno Barnes, but we'll check with the TMO. Good, controlled maul from the Cheetahs.

70 Another high tackle called from the referee, Cheetahs stick it in the corner again. Home fans angry, visitors must score here.

68 Late tackle is the call from the referee, penalty Cheetahs on their own 22. They've made a mess of their lineout once again, however, Rebels have it yet again.

67 The Cheetahs break away once more, but Hendricks' pass is intercepted by Burgess. The scrum-half's kick bounces over the try-line, and we're checking for foul play with the TMO.

66 Scrappy play from both sides, Cheetahs drop an easy ball, and Higginbotham's attempted grubber down the touchline skews off the side of his boot and into touch, much to the frustration of the skipper.

64 But Strauss rips the ball away and caps off some excellent defending.

63 The Rebels smell blood, and they're in the mood for more points. Higginbotham snaffles and the forwards rumble their way towards the line. This would seal it...

Conversion60 CONVERSION, REBELS, HEGARTY! 24-7 No problem for Hegarty, 17-point lead with 20 mintues to play.

TRY60 TRY, REBELS, HEGARTY! 22-7 A man down, the Rebels nail the bonus point try, and probably secure all five points courtesy of more great vroken field running. Ellison found himself facing a forward, breezed past him on the 22 and gave a simple inside ball to Hegarty. Run-in for the fly-half, commanding lead for the hosts.

58 Now the Cheetahs come forward again after a quick tap-penalty and a chip from Goosen release the backline. But they're turned over yet again in the Rebels 22, and Pyle hammers it away. Rebels back on the ball.

56 Cheetahs attack well through Daniller but the ball is let loose at the base of the ruck and English gallops away downfield. They knock on, however, so we'll come back for an away scrum.

54 In spite of the numerical disadvantage, the Rebels are pouring forward once again in search of a bonus point try.

52 Sin-binning for Scott Fuglistaller after he lashed out at Cook for holding him onto the scrum

52 More great counter-attack from the Rebels as Woodward and Burgess take it in turns to scythe through the Cheetahs defence. Looks like they're held up over the line, but we're going back to check with the TMO as there were some handbags at that previous scrum.

50 It's a messy lineout; overthrown and spilled forward. A waste from the Rebels with three points on offer.

50 Another penalty for the hosts deep inside Cheetahs territory. They're going for the corner and try number four.

48 The Rebels right back downfield with some great rugby, Pyle making a fine break into the 22. Entertaining stuff. Rebels scrum 15 metres out.

Conversion46 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, GOOSEN! 17-7 The fly-half finds his range. Game on in Melbourne.

TRY45 TRY, CHEETAHS, COOK! 17-5! The visitors strike back as the replacement bundles over from the driving maul.

45 Visitors win the penalty and kick to the corner

43 The Cheetahs finally generating a little go-forward. Rhule has been replaced by Daniller.

40 Woodward gets us back underway

40 Teams back out here in Melbourne


Conversion40 CONVERSION, REBELS, HEGARTY! 17-0 Simple two points for the full-back, and the Cheetahs up against it in Melbourne as half-time arrives.

TRY39 TRY, REBELS, BURGESS! 15-0 Lovely flowing rugby from the Rebels once more straigh from the restart. Young McMahon heavily involved and Burgess darts over to cap a wonderful piece of play. Three tries to nil!

38 Wide left for the second time from Goosen, goal-kicking hasn't been of a great standard so far this evening.

36 Cheetahs have a chance to build some phases in midfield after they win a penalty. They bag another within Goosen's range, and he'll shoot for the posts from 40 metres.

33 Another Rebels scrum on the 22 as the Cheetahs fail to gather Woodward's high ball

31 Cheetahs really struggling to put together any phases, lots of dropped balls at the moment. Rebels scrum just inside the visitors' half.

28 The ball bounces touch-in-goal and Mitchell was well over the dead ball line before grounding. Scrum Cheetahs back from where it was kicked, just inside the away 22.

28 The Rebels attack yet again, Mitchell's chip and chase perilously close to the dead ball line. We're going upstairs...

27 Hegarty wide with another long range penalty. Fourth missed kick of the night for the Rebels.

25 Good defence from the Rebels as they force another turnover and win a breakdown penalty just outside their own 22.

23 Kick wide once more from Woodward

TRY22 TRY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 10-0 Fantastic rugby! Rebels win a penalty right in front of the sticks, Higginbotham goes quickly and flights a perfect cross-kick to Woodward in the corner. Great stuff from the hosts.

20 More sweeping Rebels attack off first-phase ball, into the visitors' 22 once more.

18 Comes to naught as Hegarty is bundled into touch

18 Another penalty for the Rebels as Burgess cops a high tackle. Hegarty instructed to shoot for the corner.

16 Le Roux spills a high ball on his own 22, and the hosts have a scrum

14 What a terrible kick from Goosen! Screwed well wide of the mark. Let-off again for the hosts.

13 Cheetahs attack and win a penalty 30 metres out, just left of centre.

12 Oh, a let-off for the hosts there! Woodward's attempted grubber deflected to Rhule, who looked capable of going the distance from 80 metres. Fortunately for the hosts his kick through spun away over the touchline.

10 That's a bad miss from Woodward off the tee, very kickable penalty. Rebels still very much in the ascendancy as Watts replaces the stricken Venter for the Cheetahs.

9 The Rebels really playing with verve, making ground with virtually every carry and throwing some sweet offloads. They attack the visitors' 22 once again and win the penalty in front of the sticks.

8 The Cheetahs release Rhule down the left-hand-side courtesy of a few suspicious looking passes, but the winger spills the ball in the tackle. Rebels back in possession on halfway.

6 Woodward's kick is pulled just wide across the face of the posts

TRY5 TRY, REBELS, MITCHELL! 5-0! Brilliant rugby from the Rebels here, and they get their reward. Cheetahs' defence stretched, and the ball is spread wide deep inside the 22 for Mitchell to scramble over in the corner. First try of Super Rugby 2014 for the Rebels.

5 Great stuff from the hosts here as a quick turnover and lovely hands see them break sixty metres downfield. They hammer the Cheetahs line...

2 Now the Rebels win some possession and attack through midfield

And we're underway! Straight away the visitors attack but spill forward in the home 22.

Teams just emerging here in Melbourne, kick-off moments away...

The Cheetahs are the narrow favourites for this one, boasting a number of exciting attacking options including Springbok full-back Willie le Roux and winger Raymond Rhule out wide. Coenie Oosthuizen starts at tighthead as part of a solid pack, with controversial Trevor Nyakane waiting on the bench. Johan Goosen gets the nod at fly-half

The hosts are something of an unknown quantity this season, mixing youth with experience in the back row as 19-year-old blindside Sean McMahon starts alongside skipper Scott Higginbotham at number eight. Luke Burgess partners Bryce Hegarty in the half-backs, while Tamati Ellison wears 13

Welcome Hello, and welcome to live coverage of Friday's Super Rugby clash between the Rebels and the Cheetahs in Melbourne. Two teams who love to throw the ball around, this one should be a cracker. Kick-off is less than half an hour away, don't go anywhere!

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