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Rebels v Crusaders - Live
80 REBELS 19-25 CRUSADERS
80 Knocked on by Inman from the restart as the siren goes, that's the win for the Crusaders. Todd Blackadder's side continue to toil away but get another win, while the Rebels' surge came all too late but they do grab a losing bonus point.
78 TRY, REBELS, FUGLISTALLER! 19-25: Too little too late? The Rebels kick to the corner for the maul and Fuglistaller benefits at the back. Crucial conversion for Hegarty and he curls it in easily. Losing bonus point secure for the hosts.
76 A spark! The replacement Veainu finds a gap down the touchline and makes good ground, but his offload is forward. Rebels back on the attack from the Crusaders kick and Hegarty nearly releases Roberts but we're coming back for the penalty. Time running out.
74 Rebels kicking for territory but that doesn't seem to be the right option. Crusaders with the lineout on halfway... it's a scrum to the Rebels.
72 Nadolo finds touch but the Rebels are in a good attacking position here. Burgess looking for runners but all he finds is a knock-on. That sums up the game nicely.
70 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 12-25: Six on the night for Taylor as the Crusaders move further ahead. Can the Rebels come back?
68 A sea of errors out there as Funnell this time doesn't throw straight. Two sides low on confidence.
67 Maul from the Crusaders near the left touchline, but Taufua knocks on. Rebels scrum and Hegarty clears.
65 Good net gain for the Crusaders as Hegarty produces a howling cross-field kick. Won by McNicholl who grubbers and Nadolo forces the Rebels to kick into touch. Chance here.
63 Knock ons from Read and Tuitavake mean a Rebels scrum on the near side. Scrappy.
60 Criminal from the Rebels as the throw-in five metres out from Leafa is not straight. Penalty to the Crusaders and Slade clears to touch.
58 Rebels win a penalty at the breakdown and kick to touch in the 22. Lineout won, maul set up with Higginbotham at the base. Advantage played, intercepted by Tuitavake who goes the length of the field but of course we come back for the penalty. Hegarty into the corner.
55 TRY, CRUSADERS, FUNNELL! 12-22: Crusaders back on the attack deep in the Rebels 22. Advantage coming as the Saders fling it wide, Read onto Funnell who goes over in the corner! Fine finish and the first try of the match.
53 Passage of play ends in favour of the Crusaders after the Rebels kick out on the full. Dagg off with an injury as the visitors attack from the lineout. On the 22 - building the phases but then the Rebels turn the ball over and clear through Roberts.
51 PENALTY, REBELS, HEGARTY! 12-15: Easy enough for Hegarty and the Rebels are back within three.
50 Crusaders offside and the Rebels have an easy three points here on the edge of the 22. Woodward off so Hegarty will step up to kick.
48 Pause in play following a knock-on from Higginbotham, Woodward down for some treatment. No panic yet from the Rebels but the Crusaders are from at their best right now. Big chance.
45 Good work from the Crusaders at the scrum deep in their own half, Crockett winning the penalty and the visitors clear. Lineout won deep by Whitelock, box kick from Ellis and Hegarty recovers. Attacking the space out wide the Rebels as they go over halfway. Pass from Burgess hits the referee so we'll have a Rebels scrum.
43 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 9-15: Five from five for Taylor as the visitors establish a six-point lead.
42 Woodward clears but only as far as Dagg. Read with a carry and the Crusaders have started brightly, winning a penalty for Taylor to have another shot at goal. Dead central, around 30 metres out.
40 Both sides back out as Slade gets us back underway. Finely poised in Melbourne.
40 Rebels 9 Crusaders 12
40 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 9-12. Woodward narrows the gap to three points, on the stroke of half-time, after Kieran Read is pinged for not rolling away at a ruck. The players head into the sheds and it's still anybody's game. It's been an even affair with very little enterprising play. Hopefully thing open up after the break.
37 This time Crockett is penalised for illegal scrummaging and Woodward puts the ball out midway between the halfway line and the visitors' 22.
35 Toby Smith is pinged for illegal scrummaging just outside the Crusaders' 22. Slade kicks for touch but Woodward does brilliantly when he knocks the ball back into touch inside his 22!
33 The Rebels are on the attack just outside the Crusaders' 22. Luke Burgess offloads to Hugh Pyle but the move goes awry when Pyle knocks on.
31 The Crusaders restart from their 22 but Fuglistaller charges down Colin slade's kick! Israel Dagg comes to the rescue for the visitors but is forced to carry voer before dotting down.
28 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 6-12. Taylor succeeds with his fourth three-pointer after Sean McMahon is penalised for entering a ruck from the side.
26 The Rebels win a line-out close to their try-line but the visitors' defence puts great pressure on them and Hegarty is forced to put the ball into touch about 15 metres from his try-line.
24 Woodward spots a gap behind the Crusaders' defence. His midway between his 22 and the halfway mark and delivers a box kick, but unfortunately it goes directly into touch.
21 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 6-9. The Rebels forwards infringe at another ruck and Taylor makes them pay with a sweetly-struck penalty!
18 Crockett plays quickly when the referee penalises several Rebels for not rolling away at a ruck close the hosts' try-line. He makes litttle progress, however, as Scott Higginbotham stops him in his tracks with a big hit!
16 It's tit for tat in the penalty stakes! Woodward gets his third shot at goal, after Ben Funnell is pinged for offside play. He strikes it well but his effort is wide of the mark.
14 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 6-6. It's all square again as Taylor adds another three-pointer from the kicking tee, after Mitch Inman enters a ruck from the wrong side.
11 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 6-3. Woodward restores the home side's three-point lead after Luke Romano plays the ball on the ground at a ruck.
8 PENALTY, CRUSADERS, TAYLOR! 3-3. Tom Taylor draws the visitors level after Scott Fuglistaller is penalised for wrongful entry at a maul.
5 The Rebels attack inside the Crusaders' half but Toby Smith knocks on a pass from Bryce Hegarty which gives the visitors a reprieve.
3 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 3-0. Jason Woodward opens the scoring from the kicking tee after Wyatt Crockett is penalised for winning the ball illegally at a ruck.
1 Jason Woodward gets us underway! His kick is collected by Kieran Read, who sets up a ruck 10 metres outside his 22.
Rebels' head coach Tony McGahan has made several changes to his team after last weekend's loss to the Western Force. After a forced late withdrawal last week, Tom English returns to the left wing, with Lachlan Mitchell named on the right wing and Telusa Veainu providing outside back cover from the bench. Paul Alo-Emile and Max Lahiff drop to the reserves, replaced in the front-row by Toby Smith and Laurie Weeks, while Scott Fuglistaller returns to the side after missing the trip west. Second-rower Luke Jones and Bryce Hegarty are rewarded for strong cameos off the bench in Perth, replacing Cadeyrn Neville and Angus Roberts respectively.
Colin Slade will start at fly-half for the Crusaders in this clash. With Slade moving from 15 to 10, Tom Taylor shifts out to inside centre and Ryan Crotty goes to 13. Israel Dagg will start at full-back. Andy Ellis takes the starting scrum-half spot again and, with Willi Heinz recovering from a calf injury, Mitchell Drummond has an opportunity to make his Crusaders debut if he comes off the bench. Nafi Tuitavake is the only player in the starting XV who was not involved last week. He has recovered from a hamstring strain to start on the right wing and Johnny McNicholl will be on the left wing. There is just one change to the forwards with Ben Funnell starting at hooker this week instead of Corey Flynn, who is unavailable after suffering a fractured eye socket in last weekend's match against the Stormers. Codie Taylor enters the matchday 23 for the first time this season to provide cover off the bench. Also up for a potential debut off the bench this week is wing Nemani Nadolo.
Hello and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for this Super Rugby clash between the Rebels and seven-times champions, the Crusaders. We'll be back soon with team news.
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