Rebels lose 37-32 to Lions in Super Rugby
The Melbourne Rebels are still searching for their first Super Rugby win on foreign soil after a heartbreaking 37-32 loss to the Lions in Johannesburg.
The Rebels recovered from a 24-0 deficit to lead 32-27,inside the last ten minutes of the match played early on Sunday (AEST).
The last-placed Lions rattled off the last ten points to secure just their third win of the campaign.
It was the Rebels’ seventh loss in as many overseas games in South Africa and New Zealand.
Both teams scored four tries to earn a bonus point, with Melbourne picking up another for the narrow loss.
The home team led 17-0 after as many minutes and were 24-0 ahead just before the break following two tries to flanker Derick Minnie and one to centre Waylon Murray.
Melbourne piled up three tries 10 minutes either side of the break and rattled up 22 straight points to get within two of the home team.
Hooker Ged Robinson scored from a forward drive after the halftime siren, with fullback Julian Huxley converting to make it 24-7 at the break.
Rebels lock Hugh Pyle crossed for tries in the 47th and 50th minutes, with Huxley adding a conversion and a penalty.
Lions five-eighth Elton Jantjies kicked a penalty to put the Lions lead back up to five.
A chargedown try to five-eighth James Hilgendorf and Huxley’s conversion pushed the Rebels into the lead for the first time.
Huxley booted another penalty to give the Rebels a five-point buffer.
But Lions reserve Jaco Kriel squeezed over in the left hand corner and Jantjies converted and added a penalty in the closing seconds to seal the home team’s win.© AAP 2013
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