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  • Super Rugby
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  • 28th Mar 2014
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels v Brumbies - Live

Last updated: 28th March 2014  


Penalty80 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 32-24 As he's done all night, Jason Woodward knocks over his penalty. The Brumbies kick-off with the clock almost dead. The Rebels have it back, and they hammer it off the park. What a comeback from the lowly Rebels! They scrapped, they battled, and they beat the leaders of the Australian Conference. A real morale-booster for Tony McGahan and his men. Thanks for joining us.

79 That must be it! The Rebels win a penalty straight off the restart! Woodward goes for three, and goes for the game.

Conversion79 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, TOOMUA! 29-24 The quick drop-kick conversion is over, what a finish now!

TRY78 TRY, BRUMBIES, COLEMAN! 29-22 But maybe not...genius from Matt Toomua who chips over the top and into the arms of the onrushing winger. Brilliant rugby.

77 They have to settle for the penalty. It looks like they might have to settle for a losing bonus point too. They go for the tap.

76 The Brumbies hammering the home line, five metres out...

75 That's better from the Brumbies, who turn the Rebels over and grubber through. They've got another lineout in the home 22 as Fardy gets back in the game.

74 New hooker Siliva overthrows from his first lineout, and Burgess gathers. They break away through Ellison's kick, but it goes a little too far. Still, though, the Brumbies are left back in their 22 with a drop-out.

73 White's penalty brings the Brumbies down into the home 22. They need to score here.

Conversion72 CONVERSION, REBELS, WOODWARD! 29-17 The flawless Woodward adds another two. Twelve points the difference. Can the Conference leaders claw their way back into this one? They've got eight minutes to do it.

TRY70 TRY, REBELS, INMAN! 27-17 Is that the ball game?! The centre, with precious little space, receives the ball at pace, throws the dummy and ghosts inside Mogg to crash over. What a comeback.

69 The Rebels have turned this into a complete dogfight, an arm-wrestle. It's scrappy, it's breaking up even more, and they are loving it. Here they come again, with a man advantage, in the Brumbies' 22.

Penalty66 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 22-17 Another fantastic kick off the tee from the fans' favourite. Rebels lead by five.

65 Jaco Peyper has lost patience, and Scott Fardy is off. Yet another breakdown infringement, and the flanker goes for ten. Woodward goes for the posts from long range.

64 White looked to have spilled the ball at the base of the scrum, and his kick is charged down into touch metres short of the line. Brumbies secure and Toomua clears.

64 White looked to have spilled the ball at the base of the scrum, and his kick is charged down into touch metres short of the line. Brumbies secure and Toomua clears.

62 Oh no...English, with a man inside him, has spilled the ball short of the line. What a let-off. What a chance missed for the Rebels. Brumbies scrum-five.

61 They're in again! Tom English, almost straight from the kick-off! What a game this is turning into. Peyper will check the grounding...

Conversion61 CONVERSION, REBELS, WOODWARD! 19-17 Fantastic touchline conversion and the Rebels in the lead for the first time. Woodward has racked up all his side's points.

TRY60 TRY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 17-17 What a try! The Brumbies must be wondering how on earth the Rebels are level. But finally the hosts gain some momentum in attack, finally they string some good phases together, they make ground, and the full-back capitalises on a good break from Sau and some awful defence to straighten up and power home from 25 metres. Game on!

60 Great steal from the Rebels, but they kick it away again. Cue some aerial ping-pong, and Hegarty is taken in the air. Penalty coming for the hosts if they need it.

58 The Rebels shoot themselves in the foot again, however. It's another kick out on the full. Brumbies throw-in on the 22.


56 Untidy rugby from the Brumbies, giving away another penalty. Peyper gives Mowen another warning. And Woodward has a simple opportunity to bag three more points and get his side back within a score.

55 And now a big chance for the Rebels as Kuridrani is put under pressure and slices out on the full. They attack inside the visitors' 22.

53 Christian Lealiifano makes his bow here in Melbourne too, he's on for Pat McCabe, who had a good run-out. McMahon also replaces Fuglistaller, and Horie comes on for Leafa in the Rebels pack. They have the scrum just inside their own half.


50 The Rebels come fighting back into the visitors' 22, though, and they win a penalty straight in front of the sticks. Woodward instructed to go for three.

Conversion49 CONVERSION, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 6-17 Simple two-pointer for White, and the crowd is a little subdued.

TRY48 TRY, BRUMBIES, PENALTY TRY! 6-15 An air of inevitability about that, as the Brumbies, with two fresh props, bulldoze the home pack. The ball illegally disrupted as Mowen went to pick up, and Peyper headed for the uprights.

47 Oh my, what a chance for the visitors. Toomua ghosts through the line, and Kuridrani loomed on the inside for try. Ellison the Rebels' saviour, and we wind up with a scrum-five.

45 But a messy restart is the Rebels' undoing as the ball is allowed to bounce. It's a fifty-fifty, Peyper reckons the Brumbies are going forward. Scrum on the 22.

Penalty44 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 6-10 The hosts are back to within four points. They're more than clinging on just now.

42 Also off is tightead Ben Alexander, Ruan Smith the other front row replacement. Rebels have a penalty and they're going for goal from 40 metres.

40 Indeed, Smith is off after his head knock, we suspect undergoing the PSCA concussion assessment already failed by Kingston. Murphy is on.

40 Teams making their way back out here in Melbourne, big second half on the cards. The Rebels are scrapping for all they're worth, and the Brumbies have lost their structure since the early points. Woodward gets us underway once more!


40 Rebels pounding the Brumbies' line, the clock is dead, they have the penalty. Mowen is given a final warning, and so cruelly for the hosts, the hooter sounds just as Hegarty kicks out. Peyper calls half-time to the chagrin of the crowd, and remarkably, there have been no points since the opening ten minutes.

39 Mowen wins what I make out to be his third steal of the game, but White''s probing kick probes a little too far and drifts out on the full. Rebels with a chance to attack.

37 Bit of a delay here in Melbourne as players receive treatment. We resume with a Rebels scrum 40 metres out.

36 The Rebels are very competitive at the breakdown when defending, though, and it's yielding a few penalties.

35 Nice break up the outside from McCabe, but his offload to Mogg doesn't quite go to hand. Well played Laurie Weeks who dives on the loose ball and allows the Rebels to clear.

33 More aerial ping-pong results in a Brumbies lineout 30 metres out. Mogg's boot putting the pressure on, and the Rebels' kicking poor by comparison.

30 Oh dear, the scrum goes backwards and a Rebels hand slips in to scoop the ball back. Penalty Brumbies. Tom Kingston is also off and has failed a concussion test, Sau will replace him permanently.

28 They get to within five metres, and they win another penalty. Higginbotham calls for the scrum. A big decision.

27 Brumbies lineout is messy, Rebels pinch and win a penalty as the visitors come in from the side. Hegarty goes for the corner.

26 But suddenly, Mogg is charged down, and the Rebels have their first possession in the Brumbies' 22. It's short-lived, though, the visitors isolate an attacker and Mowen is right over the top to win a penalty.

24 Deary me, the Rebels' kicking-oriented gameplan is incurring the wrath of the home fans. And it isn't working either, the ball has sailed aimlessly into Mogg's arms over and over in the opening quarter.

22 Finally an opportunity to clear for the hosts, who win a scrum penalty as Alexander drives in on the angle.

20 The Rebels just can't get out of their own half, in fact they're struggling to get out of their own 22. More Brumbies pressure with a scrum on the 22.

18 But there's some imprecision from the visitors too, who fumble the lineout opportunity.

17 Another Brumbies penalty on the touchline, about 40 metres out. It's been an entertaining game so far, with both sides showing plenty of endeavour. Rebels just forcing things a little and putting themselves under pressure when they really don't need to. White has kicked another great punt down into the corner.

14 Neither side retaining possession very well here, but most of the rugby being played down in Rebels territory.

12 Mistake from Tom English, the winger kicking out on the full and allowing the Brumbies another attacking lineout.

Penalty10 PENALTY, BRUMBIES, WHITE! 3-10 The seven point lead is restored.

10 But they've butchered it as Kuridrani' pass goes to ground. Rebels clear, but there's another penalty in front of the sticks for the Brumbies. This time they're going for goal.

9 Another penalty five metres out. Corner again.

7 Penalty Brumbies, it's kickable, but Mowen tells White to go for the corner. And boy does he nail it. Big chance now.

Penalty6 PENALTY, REBELS, WOODWARD! 3-7 Woodward capitalises, and the Rebels hit back immediately.

5 But from the restart, the Brumbies infringe straight away. Rebels with a chance to get on the board.


TRY4 TRY, BRUMBIES, MOGG! 0-5 What a statement from the Brumbies! The Rebels pinged for a squint feed, and from the resultant scrum, the Brumbies smashed the home pack, marching them back a good five metres. With the penalty coming, White whips the ball out, and miss-pass gives Mogg the space to outpace Kingston. Simple rugby, and another try for the full-back.

2 Some early attack from the visitors, but the Rebels line holds well and they win a scrum on their own 22.

We're underway at AAMI Park! Nic White kicks off.

Remember, a win for the Brumbies will see them rack up five victories in a row - a run they haven't matched since 2007.

Teams just emerging here in Melbourne, kick-off moments away. This one shouldn't be short on points and excitement.

There's only one change for the Brumbies today, with hulking midfielder Tevita Kuridrani reinstated at outside centre, partnering the more pragmatic Pat McCabe.

With experienced utility back Lachlan Mitchell ruled out for the season this week, Tony McGahan has named Tom Kingston on the right wing, with newly-re-signed scrum-half Nic Stirzaker replacing Wallaby Luke Burgess at nine for the hosts. Prop Laurie Weeks has recovered from a head knock to start at tighthead, while concussion rules out Toby Smith; Max Lahiff comes in at loosehead.

Good day and welcome to AAMI Park in Melbourne for our live coverage of this Australian Super Rugby derby between our hosts, the Rebels, and the Brumbies. We'll be back soon with team news.

Updates to appear here at 19:25 local (08:25 GMT)

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