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    Melbourne Rebels Vs. Highlanders

    2013 Super Rugby Tournament , 13 July, 2013

    AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC
    Melbourne Rebels 38 defeated Highlanders 37
    Melbourne Rebels Highlanders
    38 FINAL SCORE 37
    6 TRIES 4
    0/1 PENALTY GOALS 3/3
    0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
    Top scorers:
    • Melbourne Rebels - English
    • T 10pts (2T)*
    Important moments:
    • Rebels took the lead at the 80 min. mark 2nd half
    • Hegarty, B (MELB) try at the 80 min. mark 2nd half
    Referee: A Lees
    Touch judges: A Gardiner & M O'Brien

    Tonight the Rebels host the Highlanders in Melbourne for what will be the final match for both sides in the 2013 Super Rugby competition. Join us at 7.30pm AEST for all the action with live scores and blog updates.

    The first day of the post-James O’Connor era for the Rebels begins tonight.

    In the immediate aftermath of the Wallabies’ loss to the Lions last weekend, O’Connor was advised his services wouldn’t be required at the club after this season.

    Immediately that intention is felt in the Rebels final teams-sheet with O’Connor riding the pine.

    Faith that Bryce Hegarty (fly-half), Tom English (centre), Jason Woodward (wing) and Angus Roberts (full-back) are the way forward has been signalled, with all of them included in the starting backline.

    An interesting point to note is that Roberts and Hegarty are both in the starting side, which means the hot-and-cold Rebel of the year, Woodward, has moved over to the wing.

    Incoming coach Tony McGahan will no doubt look on with interest at all the young faces populating the team.

    Hugh Pyle, Caderyn Neville and Luke Jones are all young players in similar positions that will be trying to impress as well.

    In particular Jones and Pyle might see a small window of opportunity for higher representation in hybrid the second-row/blindside positions on a Wallabies bench.

    Re-signed Shota Horie along with youngsters Paul Alo-Emile and Jordy Reid are on the bench as well.

    The future is now for the Rebels.

    The Highlanders are coming off the back of a highly entertaining and somewhat ridiculous 49-44 victory against the Hurricanes last week.

    The final six tries to five scoreline is one of the bigger ones this season.

    The Highlanders have possibly the best one-two punch in Super Rugby at halfback with Aaron Smith (incumbent All-Black) and Fumiaki Tanaka the Japanese import with NOS and accuracy resembling something out of Tokyo Drift.

    The rest of their backline will be licking its lips at the defensive record and considering the points they racked up last weekend – look for Hosea Gear, Kade Poki and Jason Emery in space.

    And that’s without focusing on my rugby-crush, Ben Smith, possibly the form rugby player in the world right now, if it’s not Leigh Halfpenny.

    With stalwarts such as Brad Thorn, Tony Woodcock and Andrew Hore in the pack the Highlanders have probably underachieved there this year, but they’ll present a tough assignment for the Rebels to match-up front.

    Don’t forget to log on at 7.30pm AEST for live scores, blogging, banter and commentary of what should be a highly entertaining last ride for each of these sides in 2013.

    Long-time Roarer Elisha Pearce joined us as a rugby union expert in 2015. He also works for Fairfax Media and has confused more Roarers with his name than anyone in the history of the site.

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    • 1:00am
      Bobbo7 said | 1:00am | ! Report

      As a Highlanders fan that was pathetic. If you can’t defend a 24 point lead at half time you are hopeless. The Highlanders basically didn’t make it out of their half in the second half. The season has been shocking and this performance gives me no confidence for next season. But we’ll done Rebels

      • 5:50am
        Billy Bob said | 5:50am | ! Report

        Thanks Elisha, I just woke up to this blog having missed the game. The lions series has knocked my whole rugby calendar out.
        Your words put me there at the game. Good work.
        What is the word on OConnor and his ‘ideal’ position this week?

        • 7:47am
          Sprigs said | 7:47am | ! Report

          His ideal position was on top of the Highlanders’ fancied backs, that’s for sure..Carved them up.

        • 10:05am
          Elisha Pearce said | 10:05am | ! Report

          JOC was good when he came on. He set up a few tries, one of them a replica of the Lions try between him and AAC. Another was basically a quick touch like a volleyball set pass inside to a flying Vuna on a set piece that was lovely.
          I think Hegarty has a better ability to keep phases going, but JOC certainly can strike and play with great speed.

    • 11:44pm
      Ash said | 11:44pm | ! Report

      How many wins is that for Aussie teams over Kiwi teams in this year’s tournament?

      • 2:52pm
        Andy said | 2:52pm | ! Report

        poor buggers. Ill give credit to the aussie teams considering the state of Australian rugby at the moment with u20s, 7s, Lions, Bledisloe etc. At least it will give you something to cheer about.

        • 4:25pm
          Ash said | 4:25pm | ! Report

          So you change the subject to try and win the conversation……

    • 11:27pm
      Mike said | 11:27pm | ! Report

      Apparently Andrew Hore said afterwards: “Halftime is not our friend”.

    • 9:45pm
      p.Tah said | 9:45pm | ! Report

      Unbelievable. Well done Rebels.

    • Roar Guru

      AdamS said | 9:37pm | ! Report

      Wow, what a score. Shame Setanta bumped this for the broncos match….

    • 9:36pm
      The other Steve said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      Embarrassing that highlanders are NZ team. Too many geriatrics in the forwards. Lots of talented players but a crap team.

      • 9:40pm
        atlas said | 9:40pm | ! Report

        and I can’t see it any different next year. Minus Poki, Ellison, Gear – and maybe Slade.
        Same coach, Jamie Joseph minus any plan whatsoever
        Wonder if Brad Thorn regretting re-signing?

        • 9:46pm
          winston said | 9:46pm | ! Report

          I don’t understand how Joseph keeps his job?

          • 9:54pm
            atlas said | 9:54pm | ! Report

            been in news – this version from Otago Times yesterday – he is ‘unsackable’

            The Highlanders will play the final match of their disastrous season against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday, but no matter what the result is Jamie Joseph won’t be sacked.
            It is understood that the Highlanders’ coach negotiated a clause into his contract before agreeing to take the job at the end of 2010 that states he cannot be fired due to the on-field performance of his team.
            The Dunedin-based franchise was so eager to lure the former Highlanders and All Blacks loose forward from his job coaching the Wellington ITM Cup team that the clause was accepted.

            • 10:12pm
              Justin3 said | 10:12pm | ! Report

              Wow, Highlanders deserve what they get for agreeing to that…

        • 9:46pm
          Spaldo said | 9:46pm | ! Report

          Brad thorn regrets nothing.
          Re-signings regret brad thorn!
          (With apologies to chuck norris)

      • 9:55pm
        atlas said | 9:55pm | ! Report

        they have set a record it seems, most yellow cards this year

      • 8:05am
        Sprigs said | 8:05am | ! Report

        No, they are a good team when on song. They just got beaten.

    • 9:29pm
      Spaldo said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      Nice job Elisha.
      Missed all but the last 5 mins as I was at work, but great to see such a comprehensive online commentary.
      Made me feel like I had seen the entire game (though cant wait to see a replay)
      Keep up the stellar work!

      • Columnist

        Elisha Pearce said | 9:30pm | ! Report

        No dramas Spaldo! Most Super Rugby games and every Wallabies game will have someone doing something similar. If you’re ever stuck at work tune in there too! I do sometimes!

        • 9:37pm
          Spaldo said | 9:37pm | ! Report

          “Most super rugby games and every wallaby game…”
          Yes, sure.
          But that was a pinnacle for commentary on The Roar. (Or anywhere)

    • Columnist

      Elisha Pearce said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      Delve “I don’t think you could have written a better script than that for our final game of the season.”

    • 9:26pm
      Fin said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      Thanks for the call EP. Great game and great finish for Delve and Robinson. Two good servants for Aussie rugby.

    • Columnist

      Elisha Pearce said | 9:25pm | ! Report

      Rebels team are all hugs an kisses on the sideline. I like seeing this team be successful. They’ve got a good group of young players here, they should be able to build from this.

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