Home team Away Team

Melbourne Rebels

  • Higginbotham, Pyle,
    Penalty goals: Woodward, Woodward (2),
    Conversions: Woodward, Woodward (2),
30 - 21

Stormers

  • Habana, Bekker, Schreuder,
    Conversions: Pietersen (3),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 17th May 2013
  • KO 10:40
  • Ground: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Rebels fightback to beat South African opposition for the first time

Last updated: 18th May 2013  

Louis Schreuder

Louis Schreuder celebrated scoring in the first half but it was not enough for the Stormers

Caydern Neville

Caydern Neville continually drove the Rebels forward as they overturned the Stormers

Related links

Preview

Report

Video

Teams

Also see

The Rebels produced a defiant second-half comeback to beat the Stormers 30-21 in Melbourne on Friday.

It was the first time the Rebels have beaten a South African team in Super Rugby.

The Rebels took an early lead when Jason Woodward successfully kicked a fourth minute penalty before Scott Higginbotham charged over the line to score the first try of the match and extend the lead.

However three minutes later the Stormers won a scrum inside the Rebels 22 to release scrum-half Louis Schreuder to score the first try for the visitors as he defied an attempted tackle on his way over the line.

With momentum switching in favour of the Stormers, Eben Etzebeth broke through the Rebels defence to find Bryan Habana, who raced through to score his 54th Super Rugby try.

A late first-half penalty kicked by Woodward left the match hanging in the balance with one point separating the sides at the interval.

Response

The Rebels restored their lead soon after the restart when Hugh Pyle touched down after a prolonged period of pressing.

A Stormers response quickly followed as Habana broke away before a wide pass to Andries Bekker split the Rebels defence to allow the second-row to run in his side's third try.

As the sides jostled to retain possession the Higginbotham managed to kick the ball towards the Stormers line before Nick Phipps was tackled off the ball as he attempted to touch down.

Following consultation with the television match official a penalty try was awarded in favour of the Rebels which was converted by Woodward as the Stormers were reduced to 14 men and failed to find a way back into the game.

Sky Bet Odds:

Click Here for Your Free Bet
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
TimeFixture
Super Rugby
Friday 13th February
Super Rugby
06:35Crusaders vs Melbourne Rebels
08:40Brumbies vs Reds
17:10Lions vs Hurricanes
Saturday 14th February
06:35Blues vs Chiefs
15:05Sharks vs Cheetahs
17:05Bulls vs Stormers
Sunday 15th February
06:05Waratahs vs Western Force
Friday 20th February
06:35Chiefs vs Brumbies
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs
17:10Bulls vs Hurricanes
Saturday 21st February
06:35Highlanders vs Crusaders
08:40Reds vs Western Force
15:05Stormers vs Blues
17:10Sharks vs Lions
Friday 27th February
06:35Highlanders vs Reds
11:00Western Force vs Hurricanes
17:10Cheetahs vs Blues
Saturday 28th February
06:35Chiefs vs Crusaders
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies
15:05Bulls vs Sharks
17:10Lions vs Stormers
Friday 6th March
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com