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    Match Report – Highlanders v Rebels



    The Rebels cause a mini upset on Friday morning when they beat the Highlanders in Dunedin 28-22.

    Australian sides have not a good record in New Zealand but they broke the hoodoo in winning for the Highlanders for the first time as a Aussie side in 12 matches.

    What this make it even more special for Wessels and his team is that they have never beating the Highlanders in Dunedin.

    The Rebels were fast out of the blocks getting the scoreboard ticking over to 21-0 after just 22 minutes with tries from Bill Meakes, Anaru Rangi and Andrew Kellawa.

    The Highlanders came back in the second half with two tries by Josh McKay and Aaron Smith.

    The Rebels responded with another try from Kellaway to extend their lead to 28-14.

    Scott Gregory scored the home side third try but was the shown a yellow card for contact with a player in the air.

    The Rebels also received a yellow card when Meakes was the man paying the price for repeated infringements.

    The gab was reduce to just six points when Ioane kicked over a penalty.

    The Highlanders got another yellow card whne Nareki also played a player in the air with minutes to go in the match.

    The Highlanders still had a change to steal the match at the end but they lost a lineout which the Rebels happily kicked out to end the game.


    Highlanders – Tries: Josh McKay, Aaron Smith, Scott Gregory. Conversions: Josh Ioane (2). Penalty: Ioane.
    Rebels – Tries: Bill Meakes, Anaru Rangi, Andrew Kellaway (2). Conversions: Matt Toomua (4).