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Highlanders vs Rebels: Super Rugby live scores, blog

4th April, 2014

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Highlanders Vs. Melbourne Rebels

2014 Super Rugby Tournament, 5 April, 2014

Forsyth Barr Stadium, University Plaza, Dunedin
Highlanders 33 defeated Melbourne Rebels 30
Highlanders Melbourne Rebels
33 FINAL SCORE 30
3 TRIES 3
3/3 CONVERSION KICKS 3/3
4/6 PENALTY GOALS 3/4
0/0 DROP GOAL 0/0
 
Top scorers:
  • Highlanders - Sopoaga
  • L 18pts (3C 4G)
Important moments:
  • Highlanders took the lead at the 48 min. mark 2nd half
  • Woodward, J (MELB) conversion at the 78 min. mark 2nd half
 
Referee: C Pollock
Touch judges: G Williamson & M Lash
Teams

Highlanders:
Ben Smith
Richard Buckman
Malakai Fekitoa
Shaun Treeby
Kurt Baker
Lima Sopoaga
Aaron Smith
Nasi Manu
Shane Christie
Gareth Evans
Jarrad Hoeata
Joe Wheeler
Ma'afu Fia
Liam Coltman
Chris King

Reserves:
Ged Robinson
Craig Millar
Matias Diaz
Josh Bekhuis
Elliot Dixon
Fumiaki Tanaka
Trent Renata
Hayden Parker

Rebels:
Jason Woodward
Male Sau
Tamati Ellison
Mitch Inman
Tom English
Bryce Hegarty
Nic Stirzaker
Scott Higginbotham
Scott Fuglistaller
Sean McMahon
Luke Jones
Hugh Pyle
Laurie Weeks
Shota Horie
Toby Smith

Reserves:
Pat Leafa
Paul Alo-Emilie
Cruze Ah-Nau
Cadeyrn Neville
Jordy Reid
Luke Burgess
Angus Roberts
Alex Rokobaro

Kickoff: 5.30pm AEDT
Venue: Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin
Last meeting: Rebels 38 Highlanders 37; July 2013
History: Rebels 1 win, Highlanders 2 wins
TV: Live FoxSports
Betting: Highlanders $1.40, Rebels $2.95
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The Melbourne Rebels will look to build on their fantastic victory over the Brumbies last week when they take on the Highlanders in New Zealand. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 5.30pm AEDT.

Melbourne threw the form guide out the window last week, upsetting Australian conference leaders the Brumbies at AAMI Park.

Coming off three straight defeats, not many expected the Rebels to challenge a Brumbies outfit chasing its fifth consecutive victory.

After a slow start however, the Rebels came to life and produced some terrific attacking rugby en route to an upset 32-24 victory.

Having rediscovered winning form, the Rebels will be keen to establish some much-needed winning momentum.

Their opponents tonight were soundly beaten by the Blues last week and will be keen to bounce back at home.

If the Highlanders hope to get back to winning ways, they will have to keep Rebels fullback Jason Woodward quiet.

Woodward was superb against the Brumbies last week, scoring 27 points and scoring a terrific try after showing great strength and speed to beat four defenders.

Woodward’s confidence will be sky-high after this performance and he will fancy his chances of opening up the Highlanders’ defence if given room to move.

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The Rebels must also keep tabs on Ben Smith. Smith was the only player that looked likely to trouble the Blues last week and is the player that could spark the Highlanders to life.

While the Highlanders will prove no pushover at home, Melbourne’s terrific victory over the Brumbies last week could see the Australian outfit play with the attitude and intensity required to secure their second straight win.

Rebels by 5.

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