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Super Rugby | Melbourne
08:45 (GMT) | 24-03-2017
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Foley adds the extras and the Tahs with an astounding performance to come back and win the game. FULL TIME
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The Tahs on the attack right after the reset. Resilient efforts to won the game. They press at the 22 of the Rebels. The ball falls in the hands of Horwitz and he stretches over the line to score the TRY
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Foley adds the extras
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The line-out is taken at the 5 after the penalty and Wells smashes into the defenders and makes it over the line to score the TRY
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The visitors wit ha throw at the 5 of the Rebels now, looking for that try that could give them a draw. The referee halts play for obstruction and Faingaa gets a yellow card
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The Tahs win a penalty and Foley kicks into touch
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The ball lost forward by the home team and the Tahs play the advantage. Horne kicks across to Naiyaravoro but it goes into touch. The Rebels now in possession and they clear from their 22
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The Rebels get a penalty and Hodge kicks into touch at the half way
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The turnover by the Rebels as the Tahs make their way to the 5. The referee stops play for a penalty to the hosts as the ball is lost forward
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The ball is kicked forward by the Tahs and Koroibete tries to pick it up but fumbles it. Offisde and the Tahs have a scrum at the 22
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Free kick to the Tahs in the scrum and they make good ground around the middle of the pitch. Hooper gets it and looks for a teammate to offoad to. They make it to the 5 and the lose it. The ball is cleared
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Scrum to the Tahs at their own 10
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Hodge takes the kick into touch around the 10 of the Tahs
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The ball is lost by the Tahs in their throw and the Rebels clear. Foley rushes forward and catches it. The Tahs building from the 10 of the hosts now. The Tahs make it to the 22 and the referee blows fro a penalty to the Rebels and they escape this attack
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The Tahs make good ground with a maul and then win a penalty. The Rebels feeling increasingly pressured now. Foley takes a few breathes then kicks into touch
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Naiyaravoro gets it for the Tahs and nudges over the man marking him as he powers froward along the wing. He is brought down by 3 men and win a penalty. Foley takes it quickly and the Tahs with serious ambition in the second half
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The Tahs win the scrum and Foley kicks into touch at the 10 of the Rebels
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The referee blows for a penalty. Naivalu down receiving medical treatment. Scrum to the Rebels at the 10 of the Tahs
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Foley with another tricky angle on the opposite side of the field. He doesn't make the 2 points
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The ball is moved up field to Gordon who gives a lose pass to Robinson but he makes the most of it and bursts over the line to score the TRY
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Scrum reset again
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Scrum reset
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The Tahs get themselves a scrum inside the 22 of the hosts
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The ball is knocked into touch by the Rebels this time around. The Tahs looking to build from the half way
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The Tahs with a line-out inside their own half and the referee commands a rethrow. The ball is played up field and the Tahs lose it into touch
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The Tahs lose it forward after Falau gives a pass wide. The ball is cleared
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The Tahs on the attack again after the restart and they find themselves inside the 10 of the hosts. The ball is sent wide to Foley
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Foley adds the extras from a tough angle
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The Tahs still in possession. They make a swift break along the wing and Ned Hanigan is the last man for the Tahs staying out of touch to score the TRY
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The Rebels building from the half way now. The referee stops play for a penalty to the Tahs. Foley takes a look at his options and kicks into touch around the 10 of the Rebels
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Line-out at the 5 of the Tahs. They get the ball after the throw and clear
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Stirzaker tries to run his way out of danger but is stopped. Hodge gets it and clears. Line-out for the Tahs. Play goes on for a few seconds before the referee stops play to award the Rebels with a penalty. Hodge sends it into touch
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Scrum to Tahs after the kickoff. They win the scrum and get a penalty. They kick into touch at the 5 of the hosts. The referee blows immediately after the throw as the ball is lost forward by the attackers. Scrum to the Rebels
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The whistle goes and the second half is off!

Half Time

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Foley kicks short. The Rebels get it but give it away shortly after. The Tahs hold it for a few seconds before losing it themselves. The referee blows for a scrum to the Tahs. The Tahs make it to the 22 of the hosts. Stirzaker gets it and kicks into touch. HALF TIME
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He takes his kick and it's wide
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Penalty awarded to the Rebels and Hodge lines it up
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Hodge's kick is charged down by Robinson
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The Rebels with aggressive movements forward as they push the defensive line of the Tahs. They send it to Hodge in field and his quick change of pace sees him over the line to score another TRY
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The Tahs turnover at the ruck and Falau looking to create something out of nothing but he is well marked. Dean Mumm trying a fancy pass but gets stopped by the referee for a deliberate knock down. Penalty to the Rebels and they kick into touch at the 22 of the Tahs
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The Tahs now looking a bit desperate for a 5-pointer before the whistle. Scrum at the 22 of the Rebels after the reset kick. The hosts take their own scrum
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Hodge makes no mistake from the spot
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The reset kick is given to Debreczeni and he suddenly appears at the location of a gap and slips through it, running all the way to the 22 before offloading to English who plants it down to score the TRY
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He lessens the gap by adding 3 points
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Foley sets up for a kick inside the 22
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The Tahs in possession now at the 10 of the Rebels. Robinson gets it and strolls into the 22 before being brought down. The referee blows for a penalty inside the 22
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The Tahs win it back and they try to make some ground with Horne. They edge closer to the 5. The ball is booted but charged down by Skelton. Line-out for the Rebels at their own 5
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The Tahs on the attack after a line-out following the restart kick. They make it to the 10 of the hosts but lose it
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Hodge adds another 3 points
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The Rebels in the early phases now at the half way. The referee blows for a penalty after no clear advantage
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Rebels and Hodge kicks into touch at the 10 of the Tahs
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Scrum around the half way for the Rebels
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The reset kick is there and the Tahs on the attack now inside the 10 of the Rebels. The referee blows to halt play
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Hodge secures the 2 points. All 10 points in Hodge's name
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The Rebels unleash Horne along the wing and he makes it inside the 22 but he is brought down and Falau runs the ball back to the half way before the Rebels turnover. The Rebels find a hole in the defence of the Tahs and Hodge turns on the gas after a step to the right. He places it in the middle of the field to score the TRY
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Garden-Bachop kicks forward. The Tahs get it and lose it shortly after. The Rebels on the attack now at the half way
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Scum to the Rebels around the half way
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The Tahs can't find a way through the Rebels defence and the ball is cleared. The Tahs come again and make it to the 22 but the referee blows as Hooper scoops it up. Knock-on
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The referee blows for a penalty to the Tahs inside the Rebels' half and the ball is kicked into touch by Foley
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The Rebels in possession after the reset kick and they send it wide to Koroibete. The ball is moved up field again but then lost as it's kicked forward. Falau does the same
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Foley lines up his kick short of the 22 and puts his team on the board with 3 points
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The Waratahs take the scrum with some powerful shoves
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Scrum reset again
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The referee calls play back for a scrum to the Rebels at their 22 instead of a line-out. Scrum reset
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The Rebels turnover and they clear amidst a see of light blue
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The Waratahs with some casual passing as they enter the space before the 5. They make it millimeters short of the line and then the referee halts play for a penalty to the visitors. Scrum at the 5
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The Waratahs on the attack after the reset but Hodge gets it and clears. the visitors come again now edging towards the 22 of the hosts
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Hodge sets up for a kick from inside the 10
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Hodge with the first kick of the game after getting penalty and the Rebels are in front
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The ball sent right back after the kickoff. Both teams kicking forward. The Rebels come away with a scrum at the half way and they move the ball up field moving inside the 10 of the hosts
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Brendon Pickerill blows and we're off
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The players prepare to leave their locker rooms
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The Waratahs have won the 4 of the last 5 fixtures against the Rebels, but the Rebels have taken the most recent victory
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Welcome to Melbourne, where the Rebels tackle the Waratahs
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  • 1 Fereti Sa'aga
  • 2 James Hanson
  • 3 Laurie Weeks
  • 4 Culum Retallick
  • 5 Steven Cummins
  • 6 Jordy Reid
  • 7 Colby Faingaa
  • 8 Amanaki Mafi
  • 9 Nic Stirzaker
  • 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop
  • 11 Marika Koroibete
  • 12 Reece Hodge
  • 13 Tom English
  • 14 Sefanaia Naivalu
  • 15 Jack Debreczeni
  • 16 Pat Leafa
  • 17 Tom Moloney
  • 18 Tyrel Lomax
  • 19 Dominic Day
  • 20 Lopeti Timani
  • 21 Jake Schatz
  • 22 Ben Meehan
  • 23 Mitch Inman
  • 24 Ben Volavola
  • 1 Tom Robertson
  • 2 Silatolu Latu
  • 3 Sekope Kepu
  • 4 Dean Mumm
  • 5 Will Skelton
  • 6 Ned Hanigan
  • 7 Michael Hooper
  • 8 Jed Holloway
  • 9 Jake Gordon
  • 10 Bernard Foley
  • 11 Andrew Kellaway
  • 12 David Horwitz
  • 13 Rob Horne
  • 14 Reece Robinson
  • 15 Israel Folau
  • 16 Damien Fitzpatrick
  • 17 Paddy Ryan
  • 18 David Lolohea
  • 19 David McDuling
  • 20 Michael Wells
  • 21 Nick Phipps
  • 22 Cameron Clark
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SR Preview: Round Five, Part One

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 22:24

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Trends have started to appear and we are only into Round Five.

These trends suggest the Australian teams are in a worse state than last year, the New Zealand franchises are even more dominant and the only possible threat to the Kiwis are likely to come from South Africa.

There are no South African teams playing on Friday, so we are left with a trans-Tasman encounter and an all-Aussie derby.

It will certainly provide the Aussie franchises with a couple of chances to prove us wrong and show they are not just also-rans.

We look at the Friday matches!

Friday, March 24

Crusaders v Western Force
(AMI Stadium, Christchurch - Kick-off: 19.35; 14.35 Australian Western Time; 06.35 GMT)

The Western Force players and coaches must be getting tired of having to answer questions over their future in Super Rugby - given the ongoing speculation about the future format of the competition.

The only way to answer those questions would be to make a statement about their legitimacy on the playing field.

And who better to make a statement against than the seven-time champion Crusaders.

Force coach Dave Wessels said that the match against the Crusaders is an exciting opportunity for his team to win away from home against a challenging opposition.

"Playing New Zealand teams in New Zealand is the ultimate test of our progress over the last few months," Wessels said.

"There's great energy in the group and we're looking forward to Friday."

Crusaders coach Scott Robertson was quick to play down the favourites tag his team is carrying into the game and said he is expecting a tough challenge from the Force.

"They are fresh from a bye, which generally gives a team a bit of an edge, and our games against the Force have traditionally been really tight," Robertson said.

"We know we will need to be on form on Friday, but we are up for the challenge."

Recent results:
2016: Crusaders won 20-19, Perth
2014: Crusaders won 30-7, Christchurch
2013: Force won 16-14, Perth
2012: Crusaders won 38-24, Christchurch
2011: Crusaders won 42-30, Perth

Prediction: The Crusaders have won four of their last five games against the Force, including each of their last two; they've never won more than two in a row against the Western Australian team. The Crusaders are undefeated in their four previous home games against the Force, keeping them to seven points or fewer twice during that span. The Crusaders have won their last eight games against Australian opposition; never in Super Rugby history have they enjoyed a longer winning streak in such fixtures. The Force have lost their last six away to New Zealand sides, their longest run of defeats away to Kiwi opposition. The Force have scored multiple tries in their last two Super Rugby games, the last time they found the try line more than once in more consecutive games was a streak of three that ended in Round 13, 2015. The Force always give the Crusaders a run for their money and are likely to do so again. However, the Crusaders have too much class and in the last three matches showed they can win even when under immense pressure. The Crusaders should win by about 12 points.


Crusaders: 15 David Havili, 14 Digby Ioane, 13 Tim Bateman, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 9 Mitchell Drummond, 8 Jordan Taufua, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Scott Barrett, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks,2 Codie Taylor, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Michael Alaalatoa, 19 Mitchell Dunshea, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Manasa Mataele.

Western Force: 15 Luke Morahan, 14 Alex Newsome, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Jono Lance (captain), 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Isi Naisarani, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Ben Daley.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Matt Hodgson, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Angus Mabey (New Zealand)
TMO: Shane McDermott (New Zealand)

Rebels v Waratahs
(AAMI Park, Melbourne - Kick-off: 19.45p AEDT; 08.45 GMT)

The Melbourne Rebels will defend the Weary Dunlop Shield against the Waratahs, as they host their first Australian derby of the season.

The Melbourne Rebels will contest six Australian derbies in 2017.

However, this may well be the most crucial of the season.

Both teams spoke of their 'desperate desire' to turn their seasons around - the Rebels winless at the bottom of the standings after three defeats and the Waratahs just two positions higher with one win in four starts, that victory coming against the Western Force.

The Rebels are coming off a confidence-boosting performance against the league-leading Chiefs last week, but the Waratahs lead the head to head record between two sides with nine wins from 11 previous meetings.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan admitted that his team can't afford another defeat.

"It's vital that we win, the competition demands that, and to play our role in the Australian conference we need to win all our home games," the coach said.

Waratahs coach Daryl Gibson made several changes, saying he hopes it will get the Tahs playing the style of game they are eager to play.

"We need to get our combinations clicking," Gibson said.

"Up until now we have been far too inconsistent and the mistakes have been on us to fix.

"We are pleased to have Bernard [Foley] back [at flyhalf], his absence has certainly been felt in those first four rounds.  

"The short $turn around I think has been good for us this week on the back of [last] Saturday's loss. The team came in Monday eager to do what needs to be done to get us out where we are right now.

"The Melbourne Rebels won't be an easy side to face at home and certainly they were unlucky to get the loss they did last week.

"They will be as eager as we are to get the win on Friday night," added Gibson.

Recent results:
2016: Rebels won 21-17, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 18-16, Sydney
2015: Waratahs won 38-28, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 41-19, Melbourne
2014: Waratahs won 32-8, Sydney

Prediction: The Rebels earned a four-point win against the Waratahs when they last met, which was their second ever win against the NSW franchise, and will now be looking for back-to-back wins against them for the first time. The Waratahs have taken competition points from all of their five previous games against the Rebels in Melbourne, winning four and picking up a losing bonus point in the other. The NSW side has won seven of their last nine games away from home in Australia, including each of the last two, winning by an average margin of 17 points in those seven matches. The Rebels (7.3) boast the fewest penalties conceded per game of any team in the competition this season. Israel Folau has scored 13 tries in his last 10 games away from home for the Waratahs, including a brace against the Sharks in the NSW side's last road trip. This is a tough one to call and home ground advantage may just swing the game - the Rebels to sneak a late winner, by five points.


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements - from: Pat Leafa, Tom Moloney, Tyrel Lomax, Dominic Day, Lopeti Timani, Jake Schatz, Ben Meehan, Mitch Inman, Ben Volavola.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Cam Clark, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Compiled by Jan de Koning

* Statistics provided by Opta Sports

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Waratahs steal a late winner

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:55

SUPER RUGBY REPORT: The Waratahs scored a try after the full-time hooter to steal a 32-25 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.

Coming back from being down 6-25, the Waratahs scored four unanswered tries in the final half-hour to earn four valuable Super Rugby points in the race for first place in the Australian conference.

The Waratahs looked to be heading for their fourth successive loss to heap further pressure on their coach Daryl Gibson, before their stirring comeback.

"To come back from 6-25 down and the position we were, being one [win] from three [starts], it was a pretty crucial win for us," Gibson said.

"I'm thrilled for the boys because it will give them a great deal of confidence and show them that when we hold the ball and don't make errors and mistakes, we can be a very good football team."

Wallaby flyhalf Bernard Foley, back in the side after missing five weeks with post-concussion symptoms, led the way for the Waratahs with three conversions and two penalties.

The Rebels, their future beyond this season uncertain amid Super Rugby restructuring, stormed to a 19-point lead by half-time, but lost three players - hooker James Hanson, as well as locks Dom Day and Culum Retallick - to concussion.

Melbourne ran out of legs in the second half with their errors starting to mount and they were reduced to 14 men for the last four minutes when Colby Faingaa was sin-binned.

It was Melbourne's second heartbreaking loss after being overrun by the Chiefs in the last round.

The Waratahs finally found some playing fluency after the interval and 21-year-old lock Ned Hanigan scored to put his side back in the contest.

The margin was further reduced when Reece Robinson beat fellow Rugby League convert Marika Koroibete to score in the corner.

With all the rugby being played in the Rebels' half the Waratahs reaped the rewards in the 77th minute when they elected to take a scrum 10 metres out rather than a penalty with Michael Wells scoring.

Horwitz then capitalised on the numerical superiority by darting through a gap and sealing the Waratahs’ second win of the season.

The Rebels failed to score in the second half and just ran out of firepower.

The desperate loss leaves the Rebels without a win from their four games.

"100 percent, no doubt, it was a wasted opportunity," Rebels coach Tony McGahan said.

"We needed to grab some control. We scrambled and defended as well as we could but we just needed to keep the ball to get ourselves back in the game."

The Waratahs take on New Zealand's Crusaders at home next weekend, while the Rebels are away to the Highlanders.

Man of the match: The stand-out feature of the game - which was littered with errors, penalties and poor decision-making - was the Rebels' determined defensive effort. Even though they fell short in the end, nobody was better than our man of the match, Rebels No.8 Amanaki Mafi.

The scorers:

For the Rebels:
 Hodge 2, English
Cons: Hodge 2
Pens: Hodge 2

For the Waratahs:
Hanigan, Robinson, Wells, Horwitz
Cons: Foley 3
Pens: Foley 2

Yellow card: Colby Fainga'a (Rebels, 76 - cynical foul, killing the ball)


Melbourne Rebels: 15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa'aga.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Tom Moloney, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Dominic Day, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Jake Schatz, 22 Ben Meehan, 23 Mitch Inman.

Waratahs: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Rob Horne, 12 David Horwitz, 11 Andrew Kellaway, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Jake Gordon, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Ned Hanigan, 5 Will Skelton, 4 Dean Mumm, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Tom Robertson.
Replacements: 16 Damien Fitzpatrick, 17 Paddy Ryan, 18 David Lolohea, 19 David McDuling, 20 Michael Wells, 21 Nick Phipps, 22 Cam Clark, 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro.

Referee: Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

Reece Hodge (17min), Tom English (30min), and Reece Hodge (35min)
Ned Hanigan (48min), Reece Robinson (58min), Michael Wells (76min), and David Horwitz (78min)
Reece Hodge (18min) and Reece Hodge (31min)
Bernard Foley (49min), Bernard Foley (77min), and Bernard Foley (80min)
Reece Hodge (3min) and Reece Hodge (23min)
Bernard Foley (10min) and Bernard Foley (29min)
Colby Faingaa (75min)
VENUE Melbourne
REFEREE Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)