Rebels v Reds (Getty Images)
Melbourne - The Reds scored six tries in a lively 36-20 win to likely condemn the Rebels to last spot in the Australian Super Rugby conference here on Friday.
The Reds, playing without injured Wallaby halfbacks Quade Cooper and Will Genia, mastered the windy conditions to lead 22-3 at half-time and were never in any danger of losing to their Australian rivals.
Wing Lachie Turner and scrumhalf Nick Frisby each scored a brace of tries with others going to fullback Mike Harris and winger Rod Davies.
Harris managed three conversions from his seven shots at goal in the tricky buffeting conditions.
The Rebels, who head to South Africa to play their remaining two games, scored tries through Luke Burgess, Bryce Hegarty and Mitch Inman with Jason Woodward kicking a conversion and a penalty.
The win lifted the 2011 Super Rugby champions to seven points ahead of the Rebels in the Australia conference but well out of contention to take part in next month's top-six playoffs.
The Reds’ win was soured by a serious leg injury to wing Dom Shipperley with initial reports he may have suffered a compound leg fracture.
Shipperley only last week announced he was leaving the Reds to join the Rebels next year.
The Reds gained a measure of revenge for their controversial 30-27 loss to the Rebels in Brisbane last month when Jason Woodward kicked Melbourne home on a 79th-minute penalty off a red card incident.
The Reds will finish their season against the Western Force in Perth next week and the Waratahs at home in the final round.
Tries: Luke Burgess, Bryce Hegart, Mitch Inman
Conversion: Jason Woodward
Tries: Lachie Turner (2), Mike Harris, Nick Frisby (2), Rod Davies
Conversions: Harris (3)
15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Jason Woodward, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Colby Fainga'a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Luke Jones, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Paul Alo-Emile, 19 Hugh Pyle, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Nic Stirzaker, 22 Telusa Veainu, 23 Tom Kingston
15 Mike Harris, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Anthony Fainga'a, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Ben Lucas, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Curtis Browning, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Ben Daley, 19 Dave McDuling, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Samuela Kerevi, 22 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 23 Lachie Turner