Rebels beat Bulls in Melbourne

Out of the last three Super Rugby matches between the Melbourne based Rebels and the Pretoria based Bulls the Pretoria side have won all three.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.

The Rebels have been forced into a late change ahead of the match against the Bulls at AAMI Park, with centre Tamati Ellison (groin) ruled out. As a result, Dom Shipperley moves in one place from the wing to outside centre, with Bryce Hegarty elevated off the bench to start on the right wing. Flanker Scott Fuglistaller is added to the bench.

0.01: The Bulls kick off and we are underway. 

2.00: The Rebels sustain some pressure from the Bulls in their half until the Bulls try to kick upfield and Bryce Hegarty takes the mark. He kicks for touch. 

3.00: The Bulls win the line out and try to attack on the Rebels 22 and they win a penalty. The Bulls kick for touch. 

4.00: The Bulls win the line out and Matfield has a little dart for the line but is stopped short.  Dean Greyling picks up the ball and drives over for the opening TRY! 

5.00: Jacques Louis Potgieter adds the conversion. 

6.00: The Rebels look to hit back straight away and set up a line out in the Bulls 22. 

8.00: There is a knock on after the line out so the Rebels will have a scrum. 

10.00: The Rebels win the scrum and Higginbotham goes for the line, he offloads to Sean McMahon who goes over to score. TRY! 

12.00: Mike Harris adds the conversion and the scores are level. 

15.00: The game is paused as Victor Matfield is getting some attention from the medics. He carries on. 

19.00: The Bulls are caught offside on the half way line. Jacques du Plessis gets a warning about conceding penalties. Jack Debreczeni takes the kick from the half way line but misses. 

23.00: The Rebels kick but the ball touches the ref so the Bulls have a scrum. 

24.00 The Bulls get an advantage from the scrum. They win the scrum but kick the ball away so the Bulls are called back for a penalty – front row collapsing. 

25.00: Jacques Louis Potgieter lines up the posts and nails it. The Bulls lead. 

28.00: The Bulls set up a line out 10m out from the Rebels line. The Bulls use the maul and drive over the line and Lappies Labuschagne scores. TRY! 

30.00: Potgieter adds the conversion. 

34.00; The Rebels look to hit back as they work the ball into the Bulls 22. There is a knock on. The Bulls win the scrum and kick well up-field. 

35.00: The Rebels build their attack from deep. After 6 phases they get back into the Bulls 22. The Rebels get to the line on the 9th phase as Dom Shipperley is stopped short. The Rebels win a scrum put in and a fight breaks out between JJ Engelbrecht. and several Bulls. the TMO is called in. Nothing comes of it. 

37.00: The Rebels win the scrum. They move the ball across the face of the posts but the Bulls defence holds them out. Last 10 minutres possession is as 75% for the Rebels. 

38.00: Free kick to the Rebels from the scrum. Higginbotham takes a quick tap from the wrong spot and is called back. This time there will be a scrum. 

39.00: The Rebels feed the scrum and Debreczeni snipes and goes over to score. We go to the TMO to check. It’s a TRY to Jack Debreczeni.   

40.00: As the siren sounds Mike Harris adds the conversion. Its half time. 

The half time score was Rebels 14 Bulls 17

The Rebels kick off and the second half is underway. 

42.00:The Bulls go through 9 phases on attack and get into the Rebels half. The Bulls win a penalty and they will kick for posts. 

43.00: Jacques Louis Potgieter takes the kick for posts and nails it. 

45.00: The Rebels fail to roll away so the Bulls win another penalty. The Bulls go to the line out but the Rebels steal it and Debreczeni kicks well upfield and the Bulls put a foot into touch. 

46.00: The Rebels win the line out but then knock on. 

52.00: The Bulls go through the phases inside the Rebels half but not in their 22. They go though 8 phases but then knock on. 

53.00: The Rebels take the tap and get the ball straight into the Bulls 22. They get pressed back out as the Bulls defence recovers. The Rebels get an advantage and play on. The Bulls almost get an intercept but we are called back for a penalty. Dean Greyling is yellow carded for tackling a player without the ball. The Rebels choose a scrum. 

54.00: The Rebels win the scrum, they go wide and again the Bulls almost get another intercept but there is a knock on. Rebels scrum. 

55.00: The Rebels win the scrum and work the ball to the 5m line through 4 phases. They have the advantage but then lose the ball forward. Penalty to the Rebels for joining the ruck incorrectly. The Rebels choose the scrum. 

58.00: The Rebels win the scrum. Inman goes for the line but is stopped. The Rebels go again and again for the line and then Lopeti Timani drives over to score. TRY !

59.00: Harris curls the conversion in. The Rebels lead. 

60.00: The Bulls immediately hit back as Burger Odendaal goes for the line beating several forwards. The TMO is called in to check the grounding. No conclusive evidence of the ball being grounded so no try. Bulls 5m scrum. 

64.00: The Bulls win the scrum and Odendaal goes for the corner but he is denied again as he puts a foot in touch. 

67.00:The Bulls are not giving up at all. They press at the Rebels line but the hosts hold them out and kick for touch. The Bulls steal the line out but they knock on. 

71.00: The Rebels set up a 5m line out but then lose the ball to the Bulls at the line out. The Bulls clear the ball into touch. 

74.00: The Rebels are camped in the Bulls 22. They do however knock on so the Bulls have a scrum. 

76.00: The Bulls win the scrum and run the ball. They knock on but the Rebels are allowed to play on until the Bulls kill the ball at the breakdown giving the Rebels a scrum put in. 

80.00: The siren sounds and the Rebels kick the ball into touch. 

Thats it. The Rebels have won. 

The full time score is Rebels 21 (14) Bulls 20 (17)


Tries – S.McMahon, J.Debreczeni, L.Timani
Pen –
Con – M.Harris 3
Drop –
Cards –

Tries –  D.Greyling,  L.Labuschagne
Pen – J.Potgieter 2
Con – J.Potgieter 2
Drop –
Cards -D.Greyling (53rd min yellow)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO :Ian Smith



1. Toby Smith ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Paul Alo-Emile ,4. Luke Jones ,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Colby Fainga’a ,8. Scott Higginbotham (c), 9. Nic Stirzaker,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Cam Crawford ,12. Mitch Inman ,13.  Dom Shipperley ,14. DBryce Hegarty, 15. Mike Harris ,

Replacements : 16. Tom Sexton ,17. Cruze Ah-Nau ,18. Tim Metcher,19. Sam Jeffries ,20. Jordy Reid,21. Ben Meehan,22. Scott Fuglistaller  ,23. Tom English


Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Burger Odendaal, Travis Ismaiel, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (c), Jacques du Plessis, Lappies Labuschagne, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Callie Visagie , Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Werner Kruger, Grant Hattingh Arno Botha, Tian Schoeman, Bjorn Basson, Jurgen Visser.

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