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Kings punish injured Rebels

Sunday April 30, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have gone down to the Southern Kings 44-3 at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.

The Rebels dominated possession and territory but more injuries stifled the visitors attack as the Kings scored six unanswered tries to claim the bonus point victory.

Rebels lost Nic Stirzaker before the game after the captain was a late withdrawal courtesy of an ankle injury which saw Mick Snowden promoted to the starting line-up for the first time in his career. Read more

Late penalty seals draw in Durban

Sunday April 23, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels have secured the first draw in the club’s history with a kick after the siren to seal a 9-9 draw against the Sharks at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday night.

For the second week in a row, the boot of Reece Hodge secured the points for the Rebels.

The try-less game saw both sides finish the game with three penalties a piece and a man down after two red cards. Read more

Late penalty seals Rebels win

Saturday April 15, 2017 by  

The Melbourne Rebels came from behind to claim their first win of the season when they defeated the Brumbies, 19-17 at AAMI Park, Melbourne on Saturday night.

A late penalty by Reece Hodge in the dying minutes sealed the win over the Australian Conference leaders and capped off celebrations for foundation player Laurie Weeks’ 100th Super Rugby appearance.

The Rebels opened the scoring first when Hodge booted the hosts to a 3-0 lead inside the first 10 minutes. Read more

ARU to consult Force and Rebels

Monday April 10, 2017 by  

The Australian Rugby Union (ARU) has today confirmed that one Australian team will be removed from Super Rugby when the competition reverts to a 15-team, three-conference format in 2018.

SANZAAR’s announcement of the competition restructure on Sunday followed a month of stakeholder consultation after the SANZAAR Executive Committee formed a consensus view on Super Rugby returning to a 15-team format at its March meeting in London.

ARU Chairman Cameron Clyne said: “It is important for me to clarify firstly that the decision to remove a Super Rugby team from Australia was a decision made by the ARU, not by SANZAAR. Read more

Highlanders score win over Rebels

Friday March 31, 2017 by  

The Highlanders have scored a 51-12 victory over the Melbourne Rebels at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin on Friday.

The hosts celebrated scrumhalf Aaron Smith’s 100th Super Rugby appearance with a six-try-to-two victory, including a double from Malakai Fekitoa.

The Rebels injury toll continued with lock Steve Cummins substituted in just the second minute. Read more

Rebels fall late to Waratahs

Friday March 24, 2017 by  

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. Read more

Chiefs score late win over spirited Rebels

Friday March 17, 2017 by  

The Chiefs have scored a late win over a gutsy Melbourne Rebels with a 27-14 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Friday night.

The visitors scored 13 unanswered points in the last six minutes of the fourth round fixture to break a 14-all deadlock and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.

A spirited Rebels, fresh off the bye, showed plenty of vigour and resilience in a much-improved performance but couldn’t hold out the experienced Chiefs in the end. 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

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

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