Rebels give Blues the blues
Cape Town - The Rebels have kept their slim Super Rugby playoff hopes alive with victory over the Blues in Melbourne on Friday.
As it happened: Rebels v Blues
The Rebels won 42-22 after leading 18-10 at half-time.
The Rebels scored five tries through flank Colby Fainga'a, prop Toby Smith, No 8 Scott Higginbotham, centre Dom Shipperley and flyhalf Jack Debreczeni. Fullback Mike Harris was on target with four conversions and three penalties.
The Blues replied with tries by wing Melani Nanai, replacement scrumhalf Jamison Gibson-Park and centre George Moala. Flyhalf Ihaia West was successful with two conversions and a penalty.
The Rebels picked up a full-house of five points for their victory, but stayed fourth in the Australian Conference. They did however move into ninth position in the Overall standings.
The Blues left empty-handed and stayed bottom of the New Zealand Conference and 13th in the Overall log.
In next weekend's Round 14 action, the Rebels travels to Brisbane to face the Reds (Friday, May 15 at 11:40), while the Blues play host to the Bulls in Auckland (Friday, May 15 at 09:35).
15 Mike Harris, 14 Tom English, 13 Dom Shipperley, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Sefanaia Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Jordy Reid, 6 Colby Fainga'a, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Bryce Hegarty, 23 Telusa Veainu
15 Lolagi Visinia. 14 Melani Nanai, 13 Francis Saili, 12 George Moala, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Steven Luatua (captain), 7 Brendon O'Connor, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Culum Retallick, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Greg Pleasants-Tate, 17 Ofa Tu'ungafasi, 18 Sam Prattley, 19 Josh Bekhuis, 20 Joe Edwards, 21 Jamison Gibson-Park, 22 Simon Hickey, 23 Hamish Northcott