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    Rebels vs Reds

    Super Rugby, 13 May, 2017

    AAMI Park
    Fulltime - Rebels 24, Reds 29
    Rebels   Reds
    24 FINAL SCORE 29
    2 TRIES 5
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Marius van der westhuizen
    Touch judges: Shuhei Kubo & Ed Martin
    TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

    Match result:

    The Reds are still alive in Super Rugby after a late try to standout centre Samu Kerevi snuffed out a second half comeback by the home side, securing a 29-24 win.

    » Click here to read the full match report

    Final score
    Rebels 24
    Reds 29

    Match preview:

    It’s crunch time for the Australian conference this evening in Melbourne, with the Rebels and Reds both desperately needing a win to stay within touching distance of the conference-leading Brumbies. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST) for all the action.

    While many would say the Rebels are already shot ducks this season, and the Reds aren’t far behind them, the inability of all Australian sides to match it with New Zealand and South African opposition means that despite only winning one game and two games respectively, the local conference is still wide open.

    That said, whoever loses tonight can almost certainly start planning for next year; in whatever format the competition will be.

    Looking at the team sheets, the Reds have been buoyed with the news that Karmichael Hunt, close to their best this year, has been ruled fit to play. They also welcome back Nick Frisby to partner Quade Cooper in the halves; Cooper this week denying that he wasn’t fully fit, despite there being suspicions to the contrary.

    Up front, a pack that promises much on paper has yet to deliver as a unit, despite some heroic performances from George Smith and Scott Higginbotham (who returns to play against the side he once captained), and good signs from Lukhan Tui.

    The Rebels are delighted to welcome back their talisman Sean McMahon, who will make his long awaited first appearance this year off the bench, joining standout No.8 Amanaki Mafi in the loose. On the debit side, flanker Colby Fainga’a remains doubtful with a nagging quadriceps injury, but will be given until close to match time to prove his fitness.

    Winger Marika Koroibete enjoyed his best match since switching to rugby, last week against the Lions, and the Rebels backline will be trying to provide him with more running opportunity, as they will Sefa Naivalu, who has not had much play run his way in recent weeks.

    This is a very tricky game to assess. The Reds have a terrible recent record away from home, now having gone over 12 months since their last win. Last week they started well against the Chiefs, but their second half was poor, including set piece capitulation that gifted away easy points.

    They will however fancy themselves against a Rebels side that has struggled for cohesion with key personnel out, and again tonight has question marks about the halves combination at this level.

    The Rebels however, have proven more than competitive against Australian sides, downing the Brumbies and only falling to the Waratahs in the final minute. They have enjoyed a week at home to prepare, and should be highly motivated for what should be an entertaining and willing fixture.

    It’s tempting to take the easy route and opt for a draw, but the Reds’ away form is too bad to ignore. Rebels to win a close one, by 3 points.

    Geoff is a Melbourne-based sports fanatic and writer who started contributing to The Roar in 2012 under the pen name Allanthus. His first book, A World in Union Conflict; The Global Battle For Rugby Supremacy, was released in December 2017 to critical acclaim. For details on the book visit Meanwhile, his twin goals of achieving a single figure golf handicap and owning a fast racehorse remain tantalisingly out of reach.

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    • Roar Guru

      Kashmir Pete said | 10:47pm | ! Report


      Thanks for great wrap, including interviews I could not see.

      Really enjoyed the game – even better than Deniliquin Drovers v Wagga CSU live at ground earlier today!


      • Columnist

        Geoff Parkes said | 10:49pm | ! Report

        Did the Denny Drovers get up KP?

        • Roar Guru

          Kashmir Pete said | 10:52pm | ! Report

        • Roar Guru

          Kashmir Pete said | 10:54pm | ! Report

          Yes Geoff

          Late try sealed it for Deni, lots of energy both sides.

          Deni loaned a few players to assist to fill CSU team, was their 3rd grade team, with 1sts/2nds playing at Albury

          All played in great spirit.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 10:26pm | ! Report

      » Click here to read the full match report

      Thanks everyone for your company tonight. While it was scrappy at times, this was an entertaining match, with 7 tries and a few near misses, which was still in the balance right at the end.

      The Reds deservedly won 29-24, watch out for the full match summary, and don’t forget to check out ‘The Wrap’ on Monday morning.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 10:24pm | ! Report

      Now from the Rebels, Tony McGahan and captain for today, Reece Hodge

      McGahan… Bitterly disappointed. We stayed in it, fought hard again, but at times we were the architect of our own demise. We had 5-6 entries into their 22 in the first half but once again didn’t execute, and left ourselves with too big a job in the 2nd half.

      We’ve still got a few more guys to come back in but it’s getting a bit late in the season now.

      2nd half improvement came when we backed ourselves a bit more. But still too many skill errors at crucial times.

      Hodge… last five minutes, maybe we could have done things a bit differently but credit to them. Really, we probably cost ourselves more in the first half and shouldn’t have let it come down to the last few minutes.

      McGahan… great to have Sean back, he put in a great shift.

      Kicking in general play was horrible at times, and it really hurt us. It’s my job to give players like Koroibete the confidence to back himself on the run. Marika’s really come on, he just needs to continue to back himself at every opportunity.

      Colby Fainga’a was close to playing. Miller and Sinclair have been great. Really impressive young guys, they work really hard, you can see Simon Cron’s coaching influence. We’ve been lucky to have them, really impressive young men and great contributors to our program.

      Will your results affect Wallabies representation? Yes, I’m sure the selectors will look outside our results but it makes it hard for our guys if we’re not producing as a team.

      The rest of the year? We’ll re-set again, the group are enthusiastic and will continue to work hard and we’ll finish the year off well. Of course it’s hard because of all the off field stuff, you can’t help the whispers from guys about their futures and so on, but we’ll keep trying to push that to the side and focusing on improving our rugby.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 10:04pm | ! Report

      Press conference

      First the Reds, Nick Stiles and Samu Kerevi

      Stiles… I’m really pleased that we did hold on and win. First win away from home since 2015. Plus we haven’t beaten an Australian side for a long time.

      Of course we could have been better, but the boys kept their composure and it was a great finish by the captain.

      There were a lot of times where the Rebels were on our line but the boys stayed composed and worked for each other. Much improved effort from the Chiefs’ game.

      Re George Smith, he apologized to me at halftime for giving away penalties, then gave away one straight away in the 2nd. But he still had an impact on the game.

      Re Kerevi, growing as a leader of men.

      We handled the period when Hunt was off really well. A good sign again of our composure and effort.

      Impact of the bench? Perese came on early and handled it really well. He has worked hard after being dropped to the bench, a good lesson for him.

      Kerevi… when I scored I didn’t even realize the time left. I just backed myself and did it. As captain I give great credit to the playing group. No need for words from me, I’m just happy to lead with actions.

      Stiles… bye is coming at a good time. Chance to refresh again. We’re only a few points behind the Brumbies and still get to play them.

      Re-starts a massive issue. We actually spent a lot of time on it this week, but didn’t execute tonight.

      No real injuries outside Magnay’s concussion.

    • 9:52pm
      nmpcart said | 9:52pm | ! Report

      Great result, Rebels really ran us close. 5 tries was good but the goal kicking is a worry – 2 out of 5 is not good, and the Reds were penalised heavily again. Higgers was great as was Smith and Duncan P back at 12 really helps. Shame for Magnay to go so early.

    • 9:50pm
      Cynical Play said | 9:50pm | ! Report

      The 50/50 man QC sure knows how to blow an attacking chance, ..what is it.. 2 forward passes and 2 kicks away, then out of position to force a forward pass for Frisby…..go the 50/50 man

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

        a typical c##ty comment from you , he was in support of Higgers and well positioned for that support , but you can never let a chance go by can you

        • 10:41pm
          Cynical Play said | 10:41pm | ! Report

          Half of what he does works, half of what he does lets the team down… I like him, but he is a gamble every play, and the odds are 50/50..QC = 50.50

          Stick with him. Don’t listen to me.

          But measure him against Barrett, etc and you’ll see he is a chance player only. Not a solid 10 at all. Plays full-back half the game. Not Barrett, he gets stuck into the rucks….he’s a complete 10.

          Stick with QC, Andy-boy. Him and Stiles will have you around the middle of the conference for years to come.

          • 11:48am
            Ruckin Oaf said | 11:48am | ! Report

            Yeah and those games he missed through suspension – didn’t the Reds just shine without him?

          • 12:39pm
            Fionn said | 12:39pm | ! Report

            50% is a pretty decent hit rate. If he scored points 50% of the time he went for a play he’d be one of the best flyhalfs in the world.

            • 9:30pm
              riddler said | 9:30pm | ! Report

              but fionn that is not even close to his success rate..

              the comment was 50% okay and 50% bad..

              yesterday i did a twas for cooper during the reds game

              i marked stats..

              it was pleasant reading.. i pointed out his positives during the live blog.. (i will set them out if you want something to put u to sleep 😉 )

              the rest wasn’t good and stuff that yourself and others jump on foley quicker than an offer of a free beer..

              that is why i find it so strange that people said he played an excellent/very good/good game yesterday..

              we watched the final of sarries and clermont in the pub yesterday arvo.. both farrell and lopez showed a good, not great and definitely not excellent, game for a ten.. even including farrell’s receiving of a massive fend off..

              but the difference between their game management, attack, defence, strategic kicking etc was startling to the game i watched in the morning..

    • 9:41pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 9:41pm | ! Report

      Thanks Geoff for the blog… took a while…. neither side, it looked like to me …wanted to actually win the game …

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

      Enjoyable game to watch. One of the better derbys by far. Reds had their chances though five tries to two is probably a fair end reflection. Impressed by Moore’s 80min effort and great to see McMahon resuming fantastically in the second half.

      Boos to Greg Martin calling for a penalty try when Mafi didn’t interfere in the play, Higginbotham didn’t know he was there and dropped that ball like a Queenslander drops covered footwear in September. That said Higgers was great tonight as was Kerevi.

      • Roar Guru

        Fionn said | 9:42pm | ! Report


        Cheika just has to bring Higgers back into the fold, he just has to.

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

          have no idea what martin was on about there.. embarrassing commentary.. sad that neither clarke nor gregan called him out on it..

          • Roar Rookie

            Dwards said | 9:50pm | ! Report

            He’s not a great commentator imo.
            Riddler we finally closed one out.
            If we could just stop giving the other team 15 points in penalties we could actually compete.
            Kerevi looked fantastic tonight btw.

            • 9:51pm
              riddler said | 9:51pm | ! Report

              kerevi easy man of the match performance..

              special mention to higgers, smith and mafi..

          • Roar Guru

            Fionn said | 9:50pm | ! Report

            Yeah… Higgers even admitted he didn’t know he was there.. No idea what Martin was talking about.

        • Roar Rookie

          Dwards said | 9:47pm | ! Report

          Despite all these young forwards (McMahon, Tui etc), George Smith and Higgs are still the pick of them.

          • 9:50pm
            riddler said | 9:50pm | ! Report

            sean mac bought some good go forward ball for the rebs.. nice to see him back after his injury..

        • 9:52pm
          Cynical Play said | 9:52pm | ! Report

          Higgers is not Kieren Read. Mafi better but not available. He drops off through the game. I wouldn’t have him

        • 10:16pm
          Daveski said | 10:16pm | ! Report

          He does have a skill set no one else in that position comes close too. Hanigan has the tools but it’s too early. Ditto Hardwick and Naisrani ( is he even eligible ). Holloway hasn’t kicked on this year and I think Mafi has proved that if we keep playing Lopeti Timani at 8, then Japan will have a much better no.8 at the World Cup then we do.

        • 6:27pm
          Train Without A Station said | 6:27pm | ! Report

          Fionn I actually spoke to Higgers at a pub after the game and quizzed him on any feedback from Wallaby coaches.

          His response indicated there isn’t much dialogue which is a disappointment.

          Probably close to the form Aus back rower so far this season.

          • Roar Guru

            Fionn said | 6:37pm | ! Report

            That doesn’t bode well.

            Hopefully his form over the last couple of weeks forces the coaches (or, really, one coach in particular) to reconsider.

            If Cheika can convince him to play tighter where appropriate but still give him a license to play loose when the game demands it then we could be in with a really damaging and powerful forward pack, and back-row in particular.

            • 9:07pm
              Train Without A Station said | 9:07pm | ! Report

              Yeah certainly doesn’t.

              But at the same time, maybe he just wasn’t completely forthcoming to some guy at the pub who bailed him up to chew his ear off and spill their bundy on him.

    • 9:39pm
      Old Bugger said | 9:39pm | ! Report

      Ummm btw GP…..would u know if Lomax is heading east, over the ditch, for his rugby future…..??

      • Columnist

        Geoff Parkes said | 10:47pm | ! Report

        No idea OB. I know there’s been some behind the scenes action, but it’s hard to say. His family has lived here for years so I’m not sure how much that comes in to it.

        He’s a great prospect, but is still young of course for a front rower.

    • 9:38pm
      Hello said | 9:38pm | ! Report

      Thank God or someone that the reds finally finished a game.
      But the skills are so poor and penalties

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 9:37pm | ! Report

      2nd half: 80’

      Heartbreak there for the Rebels, but really, the Reds had them covered in the try scoring and deserved their win.

      Match summary will follow a bit later, meanwhile stay tuned for coverage from the press conferences in around 20 minutes time.

      REBELS 24
      REDS 29

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