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Rebels’ late flurry sinks Highlanders


  • 12 Jul 2013

The Rebels overcame a 31-7 half-time deficit to beat the Highlanders 38-37 in Melbourne.

The hosts came storming back with five unanswered tries to seal a thrilling win in the final minute.

Ten tries were scored between the sides – including doubles for Rebels backs Cooper Vuna, Tom English and Bryce Hegarty – in an entertaining game that served as the farewell fixture for a number of players in both teams.

The Highlanders continued their strong finish to the season as they wrapped up the four-try bonus point before half-time, but the second half was an entirely different affair as the Rebels cut loose to edge ahead for the first time on the stroke of full-time, when Hegarty dived over.

Rebels – Tries: Tom English (2), Cooper Vuna (2), Bryce Hegarty (2). Conversions: Jason Woodward (4).
Highlanders – Tries: Ben Smith, Hosea Gear, Tamati Ellison, Tony Woodcock. Conversions: Colin Slade (4). Penalties: Slade (2), Hayden Parker.

Rebels – 15 Angus Roberts, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Tom English, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (c), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Subs: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Luke Jones, 19 Jordy Reid, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 James O'Connor, 22 Kimami Sitauti.

Highlanders – 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Tamati Ellison, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Colin Slade, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Mose Tuiali'i, 7 Elliot Dixon, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Andrew Hore (c), 1 Tony Woodcock
Replacements: 16 Liam Coltman, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Jake Paringatai, 19 Joe Wheeler, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Hayden Parker, 22 Shaun Treeby

 

Photo: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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