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    Rebels vs Jaguares

    Super Rugby, 14 July, 2017

    AAMI Park
    Fulltime - Rebels 29, Jaguares 32
    Rebels   Jaguares
    29 FINAL SCORE 32
    2 TRIES 4
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Angus Gardner
    Touch judges: Damon Murphy & James Leckie
    TMO: Damien Mitchelmore

    The Melbourne Rebels‘ season from hell comes to a close tonight at AAMI Park, and nobody will be upset at closing that chapter and turning focus towards next season, at least as much as off-field circumstances will allow. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of their game against the Jaguares, starting from 7:45pm AEST.

    It was evident last week in Perth that both the Force and Rebels players were extremely frustrated at their predicament, and that is no good frame of mind to be taking on an opponent who, while they may have failed to reach expectations by missing the finals this year, are studded with high-quality Test players, and others who are looking to make a bid for Test selection for the upcoming Rugby Championships.

    The Jaguares are coming off a win last week against the Waratahs, probably their most complete team performance of the season, and they have made two changes to their starting line-up; Bautista Ezcurra coming in at centre and Rodrigo Baez at flanker.

    As always, captain Augustine Creevy will capture a lot of fan interest. He is a charismatic character, in the elite echelon of world hookers, while in the backs, Nicolas Sanchez, capped 53 times for the Pumas, always adds flair and colour to any game he plays.

    Also interesting will be how the Jaguares adapt to referee Angus Gardner. In their two seasons of Super Rugby they have struggled to keep 15 players on the field, but Creevy told me after training yesterday that this is an aspect of their game that they are working hard on to improve.

    This occasion will mark the final match for Rebels coach Tony McGahan, who is returning to Queensland. After a very promising 2016 big things were expected from his side this year, but once some important players were injured early, things spiralled downhill very quickly.

    It will be fitting, and just reward, if his players can mark McGahan’s last match – and the last match for long-serving centre Mitch Inman – with a win.

    There remains a smattering of class players in the Rebels line-up, including form winger Marika Koroibete, and the man who is surely the Australian franchise player of the season, No.8 Amanaki Mafi. The promising Jack Maddocks also gets a starting opportunity this week, from fullback.

    There is no prior history between these franchises although, for very different reasons, both sides have plenty to play for tonight.

    Fans will be expecting the Rebels to put in a spirited showing, however, the Jaguares appeal as the more settled side. That should be enough to get them home.

    Jaguares by 10

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    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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    • 10:25pm
      Jock Cornet said | 10:25pm | ! Report

      @@@@@ SPOON &&&&& well done

      • 10:26pm
        Train Without A Station said | 10:26pm | ! Report

        And they showed more heart than you’ll ever show you weak as p— nobody.

        • 9:13am
          Uncle Eric said | 9:13am | ! Report

          Bit harsh TWAS. Rebels did show some heart, but not much in the way of skill when it really counted.

          • 1:14pm
            Train Without A Station said | 1:14pm | ! Report

            Jock is a pathetic piece of s—.

          • 1:15pm
            Train Without A Station said | 1:15pm | ! Report

            And he’d be too much of a cat to make any of his comments to the face of the players.

      • 11:03pm
        Ailanthus said | 11:03pm | ! Report

      • Columnist

        Geoff Parkes said | 11:04pm | ! Report

        For someone who pretends to support Australian rugby, this comment and the one at the start of the blog show you up for what you really are.

        You don’t support Australian rugby, you selfishly support one little piece of it and actively campaign for the rest of it to fail.


    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 9:34pm | ! Report


      Too little too late at the end from the Rebels, who came up against a much improved Jags defence in the 2nd half.

      Their attack was better too, especially down the left hand side.

      Rebels will be very disappointed to have come up short, but it was a noble effort at the end of a terribly frustrating season

      Thanks everyone for tuning in – back soon with a full match summary.

      REBELS 29
      JAGUARES 32

    • 9:32pm
      Drongo said | 9:32pm | ! Report

      Argentina coming into a bit of form before the RC. Two good wins on the road.

    • 9:32pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 9:32pm | ! Report

      Thanks for the company and the blog Mr Parkes…. great stuff…. you must of given Creevy some pointers during your interview…. 🙁

    • Columnist

      Geoff Parkes said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      2nd half: 79’

      Nice handling by Garden Bachop, the ball ricochets around but the Rebels get it back, Meehans snipes, the Rebels still have it, NOW ENGLISH GOES CLOSE, HE’S JUST HELD BUT CUMMINS IS THERE IN SUPPORT TO DIVE OVER.

      TRY REBELS!!!

      One firework goes off….

      Meehan nails the conversion from the sideline, his last act as a Rebel.


      REBELS 29
      JAGUARES 32

    • Roar Guru

      Wally James said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      Thanks for the commentary Geoff. Vastly improved Jags in the second half. Augurs for next season

    • Roar Pro

      Crazy Horse said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      Well done Rebels. Beaten but not disgraced. Certainly better than the hopeless Tahs last week.

      • Columnist

        Geoff Parkes said | 9:35pm | ! Report

        Good stuff CH. I’m sure most Rebels fans will be cheering on the Force tomorrow as well.

    • 9:31pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      bonus point anyhow for the Rebels…

    • 9:30pm
      Rugby Tragic said | 9:30pm | ! Report

      Good consolation try to Cummings for a big effort …..

      • 9:32pm
        Train Without A Station said | 9:32pm | ! Report

        Very deserving after a stellar performance from him tonight.

        • Columnist

          Geoff Parkes said | 9:36pm | ! Report

          Yes strong match. All the locks were pretty good really. Both sides.

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