SR : Highlanders 33 Rebels 30

April 4, 2014
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imagesThe Rebels may have pulled off a big victory over the Brumbies in Melbourne last week, but they are still chasing their first win on foreign soil.  In fact, their only wins away from home remains the three victories over the Western Force in Perth.

Having dispatched the Aussie conference leaders, the boys in blue now head to New Zealand looking to prove that they can do it away from Melbourne as well.

While the Rebels acclaimed last Friday’s win over the Brumbies as significant, their doubters keep pointing to their inability to win regularly and on foreign soil – a 12-match losing streak stretching back to their formation in 2011.

The victory over the Brumbies will be meaningless if the Rebels are unable to back it up against the Highlanders this week. The two teams have a near identical record – their two wins and three losses separated only by an extra bonus point for the Highlanders – and sit next to each other towards the foot of the table, a situation both will be looking to remedy with immediate effect.

A win would certainly do that but, like the Rebels before Friday, the Highlanders have found such results hard to come by.

Previous results:
2013: Rebels won 38-37, Melbourne
2012: Highlanders won 43-12, Dunedin
2011: Highlanders won 40-18, Melbourne

Teams:

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith (co-captain), 14 Richard Buckman, 13 Malakai Fekitoa, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Kurt Baker, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu (co-captain), 7 Shane Christie, 6 Gareth Evans, 5 Joe Wheeler, 4 Jarrad Hoeata, 3 Ma’afu Fia, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Chris King.
Reserves: 16 Ged Robinson, 17 Craig Millar, 18 Matias Diaz, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Elliot Dixon, 21 Fumiaki Tanaka, 22 Trent Renata  23 TJ Ioane.
 
Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Male Sau, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Shota Horie, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Paul Alo-Emilie, 18 Cruze Ah-Nau, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Jordy Reid, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Angus Roberts, 23 Alex Rokobaro.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Mike Lash (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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13 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:31 am

    First up this weekend….hope your scores are in….

  2. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Let the weekend fun begin..

  3. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:37 am

    Higlanders straight on attack and with a an intercept the Rebels almost get in….

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 8:40 am

    We have two players going up for a high ball and Hegarty goes down hard…..same incident happen with Sharks Lions game and penalty was given…..this time referee makes right call both players goes up for ball and no penalty…

  5. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:23 am

    Halftime: Highlanders lead 20-13

  6. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:42 am

    Try!! Rebels but Ref goes TMO for offside…..

    No Problem try given

    Rebels hit back early in second half..

    Scores are level at 20 all

  7. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Highlanders take lead back with penalty straight in front…

    Highlanders lead 23-20

  8. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Ben Smith score in the corner for Highlanders as they turn down a kick at gaol to score a TRY!!!!

    Highlander extend their lead to 30-20

  9. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 9:56 am

    Rebels get a penalty back…

    Highlanders lead 30-23

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 10:03 am

    Highlanders with another penalty takes the lead to 10 again.

  11. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 10:19 am

    Try Rebels as the get within 3 points wit two minutes to go

  12. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Game over as Highlanders get penalty and go for bonus point try….

    They kick out and Highlanders win with 3 points…

    Highlanders 33 Rebels 30

  13. avatar Aldo says:
    April 4th, 2014 at 10:23 am

    Whoo hoo! Had them up for a 4 point win. Better start than last week!

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