Rebels stun Crusaders

2012-05-12 13:20

Melbourne - The Rebels scored two second half tries in four minutes to stun the Crusaders and secure a rousing 28-19 home victory in their Super Rugby match on Saturday.

Fired by a brace of tries from scrumhalf Nick Phipps and incisive kicking from veteran back Mark Gerrard, the Rebels kept the Crusaders scoreless for an entire half to register only their third win of the season in front of an ecstatic crowd of 18 000.

The Crusaders' shock loss weakened their position in the southern hemisphere provincial tournament's top six and was compounded by injury to No 8 enforcer Kieran Read, who limped off the turf gingerly at the start of the last quarter after a heavy fall in a lineout.

"We said that we'd set a bit of standard how we wanted to play the game," the Rebels' Welsh captain Gareth Delve said in a pitchside interview, referring to his team's gallant loss to the powerful Bulls in their previous match.

"To hold a fantastic team like the Crusaders scoreless in the second half is amazing and shows that we're making some progress.

"The confidence is building in this team and it makes such a massive difference."

The Crusaders held a 19-10 lead at half-time, but Phipps's 66th-minute try and Stirling Mortlock's five-pointer shortly after broke the game open, and the Rebels marched to their finest victory since joining the 15-team tournament last year.

The hosts started brightly with Phipps snatching the ball out of a ruck near the posts and breaching the Crusaders defence with a low dive over the line in the 12th minute.

Flyhalf Tom Taylor, who kicked the Crusaders to a tight win over reigning champions, the Reds, last week, slotted two penalty goals to steady the visitors.

The Crusaders struck 10 minutes before the break, spreading the ball wide to fullback Tom Marshall who made a dart for the left corner but was pulled down in a tackle two metres shy of the line.

Lock Sam Whitelock thundered in to scoop up the ball, however, and cantered over unopposed to put the Crusaders in front, with Tom Taylor adding the conversion and another two penalty goals to extend the lead to 19-10 at half-time.

The Rebels re-doubled their efforts after the break, gleaning two penalty goals to Beale who kicked the home side to within three points in the 55th minute.

With tension rising to fever pitch, Gerrard charged through a pack of players and shipped the ball inside to Phipps, who streamed over next to the right post to put the Rebels in front with 14 minutes left.

Former Wallabies captain Mortlock, a late substitute, intercepted an ill-directed pass from Owen Franks and fed winger Cooper Vuna, who was held up just before the line.

Vuna's offload found Mortlock, who cantered over for the sealing try to spark thunderous cheers from the terraces.

The Rebels' defence, traditionally their Achilles heel, stayed resolute for the final 10 minutes and flank Richie McCaw fumbled the ball after the siren to conclude the match and cap a disappointing night for the Crusaders' captain in his first start of the season.



Tries: Nick Phipps (2), Stirling Mortlock
Conversions: Kurtley Beale (2)
Penalties: Beale (3)


Try: Sam Whitelock
Conversion: Tom Taylor
Penalties: Taylor (4)

Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)


15 Julian Huxley, 14 Mark Gerrard, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Lachlan Mitchell, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (captain), 7 Michael Lipman, 6 Tim Davidson, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Cadeyrn Neville, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson

Substitutes: 16 Adam Freier, 17 Jono Owen, 18 Alister Campbell, 19 Ryan Hodson, 20 Nick Stirzaker, 21 James Hilgendorf, 22 Stirling Mortlock

15 Tom Marshall, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Tom Donnelly, 19 Kieran Read, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Ryan Crotty, 22 Israel Dagg


  • Taetjo - 2012-05-12 13:23

    LOL! Hahahahahahahahahaha... O lost some superbru points but somehow I'm so glad the Rebels won. What a game!!!!

      Staal - 2012-05-13 12:13

      I happily sacrifice my Superbru points!

      Ryan - 2012-05-13 13:56

      Look how strong the crusaders are when McCaw is treated like any other player

  • Leo - 2012-05-12 13:29

    Mortlock groot inspirasie vir die Rebels , en om die kers op die koek te sit druk die ouman nogal die wen drie. You go Rebbels.

      Calvin - 2012-05-12 13:41

      Wragtag di ou man Mortlock so stadig ma dit was mooi

      Jco - 2012-05-12 22:23

      So die ou manne kan nog die ding doen! Wie bepaal of 'n speler te oud is? Sy span het hom nodig, en hy wys dat dit is die hart van 'n rugby speler wat die ding doen!

  • Calvin - 2012-05-12 13:34

    Haaaa,Haaa great Rebels well done,shame Crusaders Jacko Pyper did't take nonsense Mr McCaw or sorry understand its now 'Sir' McCaw ha ha ..............

  • Stormflat - 2012-05-12 13:50

    Great win for the Rebels.. but McCaw should be sent to the sinbin for constantly infringing at the breakdown.. and then be sent off if he does it again. this oke really takes the law to the extreme and it is as if refs are afraid to ping him

      Alan - 2012-05-12 14:47

      It's been obvious to everyone bitchie mccheat has been cheating even kiwi fans say \yes he cheats but is so good he gets away with it\. No his no so good that the ref doesn't see, we all see it, they've just allowed him free reign to pump up kiwi rugby as they are the irb chosen ones.

  • jan.jansenvanvuuren.5 - 2012-05-12 13:59

    It just goes to show you, if you believe in yourself you can do anything!!! The Rebels did everything perfectly and the Crusaders did not expect to loose. If you look at the tries they scored against the Bulls last weekend it shows you that the Rebels can score well-worked tries and they can make champion teams look ordinary

  • David - 2012-05-12 14:06

    "1.76% of all brus correctly picked the outcome" - that shows what an upset this result is. Well done Rebels!!

      Jan - 2012-05-12 15:47

      Well done to 1.76% brus !

  • Zion - 2012-05-12 14:16

    Bulldust, can only be the stupid referee and did not even know what he was doing.

      Alan - 2012-05-12 14:41

      Whaaaa ha ha ha haaaaa! Your cheating Saders lost today cause mccheat doesnt know what on side or legal play is. Without the constant advantage given to bitchie mccheat he is nothing and the Saders are nothing too! Bwa ha ha ha haaa!

      Calvin - 2012-05-12 15:20

      the ref had a good game but he did get that stupid ass McCaw a yellow i would say excellent

  • WernerZA - 2012-05-12 14:17

    Gives a little perspective... Maybe the bulls did well to scrape through last week. Rebels were great today.

  • roi.boss1 - 2012-05-12 14:17

    someone must have changed the script didnt see this coming

  • Michael - 2012-05-12 14:50

    Rebels went on a CRUSADE. Nice one Rebels!!!!!

  • Priester - 2012-05-12 15:37

    I thoroughly enjoyed this game! Huge congratulations to the Rebels. You deserved this win through your great team work and gutsy performance. To the fake Saders in SA; eat your heart out!! Blou Bul Groete!

      Alistair Collair - 2012-05-12 16:11

      Hehehe will only be a PiEnke bull remark .. Jou brain strek seker net sover as die scoreboard

  • Melt - 2012-05-12 16:00

    Well done Rebels. I am of the opinion Beale is currently one of the best flyhalfs in Super rugby?

      Ryan - 2012-05-13 13:52

      Absolutely, as much as Carter is so loved, I'd pick Beale ahead of him. Carter looks good because of his team mates. Who does Beale have?

  • chris.booise - 2012-05-12 17:54

    Awesome!! Great lost for the Crusaders!!

  • Scott Barker - 2012-05-12 21:33


  • PhreakOz - 2012-05-13 09:30

    Go the Rebels!! Was great to be at the game, seeing the giants fall to the new kids on the block! Rebels gaan nog baie upsets veroorsaak.

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