Rebels fall late to Waratahs
The New South Wales Waratahs have reclaimed the Weary Dunlop Shield with a thrilling 32-25 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.
The visitors secured the come from behind victory on the stroke of fulltime when inside centre David Horwitz scored in the 80th minute to seal the remarkable win after trailing by 19 points at half-time.
The Waratahs capitalised on a depleted Rebels with 26 unanswered second-half points after the hosts lost hooker James Hanson, who was celebrating his 100th Super Rugby game, along with locks Culum Retallick and debutant Dominic Day to concussion.
The Rebels couldn’t have asked for a better start in their first Australian derby with a double from Reece Hodge and a third from Tom English to send the hosts into the main break with a 25-6 lead.
After the match, Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said, “I thought their senior players at the backend of the game really controlled things well.”
“We were unable to win the ball or keep it so it really allowed them access into the game and I thought Michael (Hooper), Bernard (Foley) and Israel (Folau) played a significant role in keeping their momentum going forward. We weren’t able to control it.”
“It’s pretty hard to focus on any positives, I’ve just got the last 40 minutes in my mind at the moment. I’m sure there will be, at half-time we were doing a lot of things alright and then we failed to control the second-half.”
News Source: Melbourne Rebels
NSW Waratahs 32 defeated Melbourne Rebels 25
Played at AAMI Park, Melbourne. Half Time: Rebels 25-6.