Super Rugby

Crusaders edge out brave Brumbies

Saturday February 25, 2017 by  

The Brumbies picked up a losing bonus point as they kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a narrow 13-17 defeat to the Crusaders in Christchurch.

A heroic defensive effort in the first forty minutes led to a much-improved attacking display after the break as the Brumbies pushed the Crusaders all the way, only to come up agonisingly short. But there were plenty of encouraging signs in what was a decent display.

The Crusaders made a brisk start to proceedings forcing the Brumbies onto the back foot from the kick-off, roared on by a partisan home support. With slick handling and early possession, a score looked inevitable and it duly arrived in only the fourth minute. Read more

Reds win season opener against Sharks

Friday February 24, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have got their season off to a winning start with a 28-26 win over the Sharks in their first outing of the 2017 Super Rugby season at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.

Samu Kerevi scored a double which helped the Queensland Reds fend off the Sharks.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

The Reds outscored the Sharks four tries to two in a gruelling encounter where the Sharks lead until the 73rd minute.

A second-half double to Samu Kerevi saw the Reds come from behind before James Tuttle sealed the victory scoring a try with his second touch of the ball.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles noted his side’s determination to stay in the match in front of 15,015 fans at Suncorp Stadium. Read more

Blues score opening win over Rebels

Thursday February 23, 2017 by  

The Auckland Blues have kicked off the 2017 Super Rugby season with a 56-18 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Thursday night.

A hat-trick from Rieko Ioane and 31-unanswered points in 20 minutes after half-time highlighted the bonus point victory for the Blues in front of 10,265 fans.

Rebels debutants Amanaki Mafi and Jack Maddocks had an immediate impact when they set up captain Nic Stirzaker for the opening try in the sixth minute in his 50th Super Rugby appearance. However, celebrations were short lived when Stirzaker was substituted in the 14th minute with a concussion. Read more

Dane Haylett-Petty re-signs with the Force

Tuesday February 21, 2017 by  

The Western Force today announced the re-signing of star fullback Dane Haylett-Petty until the end of the 2019 season.

Haylett-Petty had a remarkable 2016 season, taking out the Nathan Sharpe medal for the most valuable player, made his Wallabies debut and played a further 13 caps and took out the Wallaby Rookie of the Year Award.

The 27-year-old says he is thrilled to stay in the West and admits that the green and gold jersey helped make his decision. Read more

Hodge commits to long term with Rebels

Thursday February 16, 2017 by  

Melbourne Rebels have re-signed Reece Hodge on a long-term contract which will see the reigning Rookie of the Year become the first Australian Rugby player to commit beyond the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

It was announced at the 2017 Rebels Season Launch at Crown Palladium on Thursday afternoon that the 22-year-old utility back has signed a three-year contract extension to remain in Melbourne until 2020.

“We have huge faith in Reece and see him as an important part of the club’s future so we’re thrilled that he’s agreed to call Melbourne home until 2020,” Melbourne Rebels General Manager Rugby Baden Stephenson said. Read more

Reds fall in Tens quarter-finals

Sunday February 12, 2017 by  

The Queensland Reds have exited the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens following a spirited 12-10 loss to the Chiefs in the quarter-finals.

Earlier in the day, the Reds booked their place in the quarters with a 12-5 win over Samoa.

Reds head coach Nick Stiles said he was pleased with what he saw from his team over the course of the tournament, as they build toward the Super Rugby season. Read more

Rebels split day one Tens results

Saturday February 11, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have split their opening day results at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens with a victory over the Chiefs and a loss to the Panasonic Wild Knights at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

In blistering conditions, which reached a peak 37 degrees at kick-off, the Rebels claimed a 19-5 victory over the Chiefs in the opening game of the tournament before their comeback fell short against Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights.

The Rebels finish the day one in Brisbane level in second place in Pool A with one remaining game against the Waratahs on Sunday morning to complete the round-robin phase of the competition. Read more

Slipper named Reds captain for third year running

Thursday February 9, 2017 by  

Queensland Reds head coach Nick Stiles has retained seasoned prop James Slipper as captain of the side, while also naming a four-man leadership group to support him in the role.

Prop James Slipper to captain the Queensland Reds for a third consecutive season.
Photo courtesy of QRU Media Unit

Slipper will be supported by returning Reds veterans Quade Cooper and Stephen Moore, as well as Samu Kerevi and Sam Talakai.

The 2017 season will be Slipper’s third in charge of the Reds, after taking over from James Horwill ahead of the 2015 season. The 27-year-old has represented Queensland 91 times and earned 86 Tests for the Wallabies, including one as captain in 2015.

Slipper said it was a “huge honour” to continue to lead his state, but that it would be a group effort in 2017. Read more

Carter and Lealiifano to Captain Brumbies

Wednesday February 1, 2017 by  

Wallabies Sam Carter and Christian Lealiifano have been announced as co-captains of the Brumbies at the club’s Season Launch, held at the Hyatt Hotel in Canberra.

The duo will lead the Brumbies into the 2017 Super Rugby season with Carter performing on-field duties whilst Lealiifano continues his recovery from the bone-marrow transplant undertaken late last year.

Carter, capped thirteen times by the Wallabies alongside 79 Super Rugby appearances for the Brumbies, led the team in the 59-0 trial win over the Australian barbarians at Viking Park last weekend and is relishing the opportunity of a leadership role. Read more

Rebels name experienced squad for Brisbane Tens

Wednesday February 1, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have named seven internationals and a former Australian vice-captain in their squad for the inaugural Brisbane Global Rugby Tens at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, from February 11-12.

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has included five Wallabies Reece Hodge, James Hanson, Sefa Naivalu, Toby Smith and Lopeti Timani, Japanese international Amanaki Mafi, Fijian international Ben Volavola and former Australian vice-captain Morgan Turinui.

With 87 Tests of experience in the 26-player squad, the Rebels have named a balanced squad of international experience and exciting young talent for the two-day tournament, which features modified rules. Read more