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    Melbourne Rebels Vs. Chiefs

    2013 Super Rugby Tournament , 4 May, 2013

    AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
    Chiefs 39 defeated Melbourne Rebels 33
    Melbourne Rebels Chiefs
    33 FINAL SCORE 39
    5 TRIES 6
    0/0 PENALTY GOALS 1/1
    0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Melbourne Rebels - Pyle
    • H 10pts (2T)
    Important moments:
    • Chiefs took the lead at the 1 min. mark 1st half
    • O'Connor, J (MELB) conversion at the 76 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: G Williamson
    Touch judges: I Smith & R Goswell

    Round 12 sees a clash between the 12th-placed Melbourne Rebels and the second placed Chiefs at AAMI Park. We’ll have live scores and commentary from 7.40pm AEST.

    The Rebels have had another tough start to their season having won just two games so far.

    The Victorians are coming off a gut-wrenching loss to the Crusaders last weekend in a game that showed vast improvements in their attack and also showcased the leadership of new captain Scott Higginbotham.

    James O’Connor also showed his class both with the boot and with the ball in hand.

    The news of Kurtley Beale returning should bolster the squad but it is unclear whether or not the troubled playmaker will feature in the sides match this weekend against a Chiefs team that will be looking to get maximum points from the encounter.

    The Chiefs have come out victorious in six of their nine fixtures this season and are coming off a close win over the Sharks last weekend.

    While the Waikato outfit have been in good form this season, they have suffered losses against Australian sides the Reds and Waratahs, a list they will not want the Rebels to be joining.

    Injury blows in the shape of Richard Kahui and Tewera Kerr-Barlow will no doubt affect the side but it is hard to look past the defending champions in this fixture.

    I see the Chiefs winning by more than seven against a valiant Rebels side that just won’t quite be good enough to beat them.

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    • 9:10pm
      atlas said | 9:10pm | ! Report

      a response from SANZAR re the TMO decision on Anscombe’s 4th try:

      Super Rugby bosses admit one of the television match official’s decisions in the Chiefs-Rebels game last Friday was incorrect.

      At the conclusion of the match, Chiefs fullback Gareth Anscombe was denied a record-equalling fourth try, when TMO Steve Leszczynski decided that replacement winger Patrick Osborne had knocked the ball on at the previous breakdown, despite replays proving inconclusive.

      “I think the last decision against the Chiefs, which was ruled as a knock-on, we have agreed is incorrect,” says Sanzar referees boss Lyndon Bray. “You cannot prove that there was an obvious knock-on by the player who comes through on the Rebels halfback.”

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        biltongbek said | 9:16pm | ! Report

        Good thing it didn’t influence their log points then.

        • 9:31pm
          Chivas said | 9:31pm | ! Report

          Yes, but it hurt pride.. Which has now thankfully been restored, because we are a lot better than that Australian rabble. I still can’t believe the chiefs leak so much. I have seen sieves which are more effective.

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            biltongbek said | 9:40pm | ! Report

            A tad harsh on the rebels there mate.

            Rabble they are not.

            • 10:49pm
              Chivas said | 10:49pm | ! Report

              I know, but winners are grinners and I know this won’t last forever. I’ve spent a good chunk of my life seeing Waikato being as inconsistent as any team out there, so I’m enjoying a bit of time in the sun :-). I’m currently supporting the Force and things are not looking quite so bright for them. But I enjoyed the game last weekend. I thought we were going to win one.

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                biltongbek said | 11:00pm | ! Report

                My list of teams I support has grown tremendously, I am forever torn between two teams when they play, of course I support the SA teams first and foremost, with the Bulls barely getting my support purely based on the attitude of their supporters.

    • 7:58am
      niallo said | 7:58am | ! Report

      As a neutral from Wales I’m astonished at the TMO – worst officiating I think i’ve ever seen

    • 12:01am
      bozo said | 12:01am | ! Report

      Beale was not there for long but he impressed although there as some pretty slack defence

    • 10:45pm
      A Different Cat. said | 10:45pm | ! Report

      It is my opinion that JOC is the worst 10 in the Australian conference.
      Foley, Cooper, Norton Knight and Toomua have outplayed him.
      He is not a 10, he just isn’t.

      • 11:08pm
        mikeylives said | 11:08pm | ! Report

        O’Connor played better than Norton Knight tonight. He is not a natural 10, but he had a bloody good game.

        • 1:00am
          A Different Cat. said | 1:00am | ! Report

          He had a kick charged that resulted in a try. He threw a pass at Inmans head. He threw a pass to nobody. A couple of his other passes were akward.
          He had an OK game but it was not very good.
          When Beale slipped into first reciever he looked good.
          I would put Beale there next week.
          I would pick Barnes, Toomua, Lealiifano, Cooper, Beale and Foley at 10 for Australia before JOC and Im being serious.

      • 6:26am
        Kuruki said | 6:26am | ! Report

        Oconnor should not be playing 10. He should be and would be a lethal 12, but that will never happen because it is the best option. And that’s not what Deans is all about.

      • 11:08am
        RebelRanger said | 11:08am | ! Report

        I was at the game last night and JOC is an outright douche. Standing next to the waterboy, he throws his water in the opposite direction then taps him on the shoulder to go get it.
        With a few minutes to go and down by 6 he limps off the field and has intention of trying to win it against the defending champs. After drifting ALL game, Beale comes on and shows him how to mainpulate defences.

    • 10:39pm
      colvin said | 10:39pm | ! Report

      A few points on the match;

      I’m pretty sure I saw Cooper Vuna give Kurtley a friendly pat on the head when he (Kurtley) scored his try. Seems Cooper has moved on.

      Imagine Kurtley’s first kick going out on the full and Canno saying he must be nervous; and needs to get the feel for the ball back or words to that effect. Kurtley’s an experienced professional. He shouldn’t be nervous or not have the feel for the ball. He clearly wasn’t concentrating.

      I guess I’m one of the few who like Phipps. I can’t understand why he gets rubbished so much on Roar. I thought he played pretty well.

      Who was that TMO?

      I thought both passes were forward and that tries should not have been awarded. But on the other hand Chief’s defense was poor on both occasions.

      I also believe Anscombe should have been awarded a fourth try because the replay showed no clear reason why a try should not be awarded. That is, you couldn’t see that the ball was knocked forward.

      Last week Anscombe was kicked in the peanuts by Frans Stein and was taken off. Pleased to see that he has recovered..

      There needs to be a clear statement from the referees manager on all three TMO decisions as if there is not the public would have good reason to lose confidence in the TMO system.

      Beale and O’Connor played well together and both will be in the WBs. Deans will be pretty pleased with their efforts.

      My word, Canno and Kearnsy are hard to listen to and the half time interview with an exhausted player needs to be canned, if they can’t do it better.

      But a pretty good game all round. Impressed with a lot of what the Rebels are doing. Also liked their crowd support.

      • 11:07pm
        mikeylives said | 11:07pm | ! Report

        First try was definitely a forward pass. Second was line ball.
        The Anscombe try was slapped out of the halfback’s hands by someone reaching over the ruck – should have been a rebels penalty.

        Phipps played bloody well.
        Cooper Vuna is out of shape and looked bloody slow – not up to super15 level.
        Beale looks very fit and sharp.
        O’Connor is a great runner and offloads very well. Had a very good game. Still not close to my first choice 10, but if he plays at 10 against the lions like that tonight, at least he will cause some problems.

      • 10:03am
        Spiritfree said | 10:03am | ! Report

        Yes, just who was the TMO?

        After watching replays over and over for the first forward pass try that was so obviously forward, to hear him saying to the referee, “there is no evidence of a forward pass, you may award the try” is effing outrageous.

        And then after Ansombe’s try, when as you say, Colvin, there was no video evidence of a knock on, to hear him saying that there was evidence of a knock on. Sheesh!

        The Chiefs did lapse at times, but they were playing against a team of 16, so hats off to them for winning.

        • 10:21am
          Darth Vadar said | 10:21am | ! Report

          TMO Steve Leszczynski (Australia) must be blind in one eye to allow 2 Rebels tries from forward passes and disallow a legit Chiefs try! Tsk, tsk, tsk – talk about an attempted Home Town favourable decision – YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF YOURSELF STEVE!

      • 11:12am
        Billy Bob said | 11:12am | ! Report

        Colvin, I have not been a fan of Phipps in general. Bit it has to be said that he had a blinder last night.
        He is an amazing rugby player, like McKibbon, and Burgess. BUT, like the others, a questionable halfback.
        It’s as if they get so caught up in the game that they forget to excel at their core duty – to get the ball quickly and accurately to the first receiver.
        Which he was okay at (mostly) last night.
        He looked like our 3rd choice 9, at least last night, possibly 2nd.
        But he lapsed to let Anscombe ‘score’ – so he’s not in my Wallaby squad yet.
        And White is yet to play this weekend. And he will take a lot of consistent quality to unseat from Genia’s bench.
        Btw, Phil and Brendan need to go to commentator school or get out of the game.
        Canno sounds like he’s explaining everything to a rugby-naive girlfriend.
        Fox producers really would not have to look very far to find better game talkers than these two.
        Btw they both seem like top blokes, but when I hire a taxi for a fare I expect the driver to be able to drive at least as well as I can.
        Fox should have wildcard non-wallaby callers who know how to tell a story instead of long ago wallabies who look like old bulls feeding way too long off the rugby paddock.
        Even this ‘once just a reserve grader’ poster could give better commentary than these two. And there are many, just on the Roar, who would be better than I.
        I would enjoy commentary from guest callers like the third grade hooker from the Barraba Bulls or the coach from the penrith 5ths or Waverley Old Boys- IF they could communicate well about the game.
        Fox, start auditioning.

        Sorry Phil, Brendan but if you played as well as you comment, you would not have risen above 3rd grade. Do some individual training or get off the field.

        • 7:56pm
          mikeylives said | 7:56pm | ! Report

          That post is p!ss funny. I do believe you would make a better commentator.

    • 10:23pm
      Worlds biggest said | 10:23pm | ! Report

      Didn’t see the game, how did JOC, Beale and Higgers go ?

      • 10:27pm
        TembaVJ said | 10:27pm | ! Report

        WB JOC was good not as 10, Beale was awesome so was Higgers all three should be in the squad.

        So should Pyle he was my player for the Rebels.

      • 11:25pm
        winston said | 11:25pm | ! Report

        Yeah all three played very well. They hitting some really good form

    • 10:22pm
      Johnno said | 10:22pm | ! Report

      All those morning paddle board sessions with Robbie is helping KB lol. I still can’t work out how Kurtley could get to Mosman where Dean’s is that early in the morning lol, coz no water out mt druitt way lol, I can’t see Dean’s going to panther’s water works lol, for paddle board sessions with KB lol. Can you, too funny.

    • 10:16pm
      Matthew Skellett said | 10:16pm | ! Report

      I have to admit that KB played well when he came on well i hope against my better judgement that he keeps it up and consciously decides to beeehave off the field as well 🙂

    • 9:53pm
      Justin2 said | 9:53pm | ! Report

      Is Nic Henderson the worst prop in history. I think he stands up and bends at the waist, ridiculously poor technique. There has to be, has to be a better loose head running around somewhere. Might check 3rd grade tomorrow.

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