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Sport Rebels down Tahs to earn first Super win

13:00  14 february  2020
13:00  14 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

Brumbies make one change for Rebels

  Brumbies make one change for Rebels Lock Darcy Swain has been ruled out due to injury with Cadeyrn Neville to make his Brumbies starting debut in their Super Rugby clash with Melbourne Rebels. The Brumbies have made one injury-forced change in their team to face the Melbourne Rebels in round two of Super Rugby at Canberra Stadium on Friday. Second-rower Darcy Swain has been ruled out, allowing veteran Cadeyrn Neville to make his Brumbies starting debut against one of his former teams.Former Australian schoolboys and Junior Wallabies lock Nick Frost has been named on the bench for a potential Super Rugby debut.Rookie No.

With the Rebels opening the season with two losses, Hodge says he needs to get more involved on "It's been very disappointing to lose our first couple of games, as we went into those games feeling confident "They will be confident of coming down to Melbourne and getting a result on Friday night."

The Brumbies insistence on turning down shots at goal at first seemed naive, but by the end was utterly foolish. Bodies were being pummelled. Nic White suffered the full force of Will Skelton but earned a penalty for his efforts. The option to go for points was again rejected, keeping the Brumbies

The Melbourne Rebels have snapped their Waratahs' hoodoo and their winless start to the Super Rugby season with a 24-10 win at AAMI Park.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: Matt Toomua of the Rebels kicks during the round 3 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on February 14, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)© Getty MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 14: Matt Toomua of the Rebels kicks during the round 3 Super Rugby match between the Rebels and the Waratahs at AAMI Park on February 14, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Both teams were searching for their first victory heading into the round three match but the Rebels emerged from the driving rain with the hard-earned points.

The Waratahs had won six of their past seven matches in Melbourne dating back to 2013 and 15 of their past 17 overall, making the victory all the sweeter for the home side.

Brumbies make it 10 straight wins at home

  Brumbies make it 10 straight wins at home The Brumbies comfortably accounted for a subpar Melbourne Rebels in their round two Super Rugby derby at Canberra Stadium.The dominant hosts triumphed 39-26 to take top spot in the Australia conference early in round two.

The Rebels ' Friday night clash with the Reds shapes as a must- win affair for the Melbourne side if they are to keep alive their hopes of claiming the Australian conference. A tough five-point loss to the Tahs last week was the Victorian franchise's first defeat across their past four matches and their first at

The Rebels ( 1 - 1 , 1 -0) got a big performance from Matt Corral, who finished 16-of-24 passing for 246 yards, including a pair of touchdown passes to Elijah Moore. "It's hard to win in the SEC on the road. It's really hard when you make as many mistakes as we did tonight," Arkansas coach Chad Morris said.

Melbourne led 8-5 at halftime with a new halves combination in Ryan Louwrens and Matt Toomua steering the ship with aplomb.

The kicking game of Toomua and fullback Dane Haylett-Petty gave the Rebels a big advantage over the Sydneysiders.

They were rocked before kick off when they had to change their bench and drag Fijian Test halfback Frank Lomani with coach Dave Wessels told by Rugby Australia they had too many internationals in their match day squad.

They then lost Test back Reece Hodge to a groin strain 19 minutes in, however his replacement Andrew Kellaway finished with two late tries to seal the win.

With both teams struggling in the conditions, Wallabies winger Marika Koroibete was the only tryscorer in the first half.

The Rebels looked to have scored another just before the break however the TMO ruled Koroibete obstructed the defence as Bill Meakes touched down.

The Waratahs took the lead in the 45th minute when prop Harry Johnson-Holmes barrelled over but it only lasted two minutes before Melbourne hit back through a successful penalty.

Kellaway's efforts then secured a much-needed win for his team.

Super Rugby: Brumbies end Chiefs' winning start, Reds up and running in style .
Australian Conference rivals the Brumbies and the Reds enjoyed big wins on Saturday, the leaders recovering from an outbreak of mumps.The Canberra outfit had been edged out by the Highlanders last week but bounced back to beat the Chiefs 26-14 at FMG Stadium Waikato.

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