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In the 39th min, the Cheetahs quick-tapped a very kickable penalty. It was exciting. They lost the ball and didnt score again in the game.— Zelím Nel (@Zels77) April 22, 2016
In the 39th min, the Cheetahs quick-tapped a very kickable penalty. It was exciting. They lost the ball and didnt score again in the game.
#SuperRugby - RESULT:The Rebels scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to record a big win in Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/Pr7jVKCpsA— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) April 22, 2016
#SuperRugby - RESULT:The Rebels scored 26 unanswered points in the second half to record a big win in Melbourne. pic.twitter.com/Pr7jVKCpsA
The Cheetahs had their chances. Their defensive efforts were good for most of the match, but they ran out of steam.
Too many missed tackles, an inability to secure crucial lineout ball and some puzzling decision-making is what cost them here.
37% possession, 42% territory, and double the amount of tackles ... Bound to take its toll on the Cheetahs— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 22, 2016
37% possession, 42% territory, and double the amount of tackles ... Bound to take its toll on the Cheetahs
Rebels - 42
Cheetahs - 74
Rebels - 5
Cheetahs - 9
Cheetahs - 9
Rebels - 22
Cheetahs - 59
CONVERSION, REBELS, DEBRECZENI! 36-14: Debreczeni slots a simple one to add two.
REBELS 36-14 CHEETAHS. The conversion was the last act of the game, the Rebels sealed a bonus point with their fifth try coming after the hooter.
TRY, REBELS, ELLISON! 34-14: Ellison catches a loose Cheetahs pass and sprints to the line for the Rebels fifth try. The fifth try for the Rebels from the man whose wife is currently in labour with his fourth child!
The Cheetahs game has descended into a comedy show as Venter cops a pass from Rhule to his face. The Cheetahs have a scrum on their own 22 though.
Cheetahs turn it over inside their own 22 and they look to counterattack before Mohoje knocks on 40 metres out from his own line, Rebels scrum inside the Cheetahs half.
Break in play as de Jager took a knee to the groin and took some time to recover as any man would.
The Cheetahs are caught in possession by Fainga?a who wins the Rebels a penalty on their own 22.
Rebels clearance straight into touch, Lin-eout to the Cheetahs just outside the Rebels 22
Great work by the Cheetahs of the restart gets them going forward with the ball into the Rebels 22 before Peterson is tackled into touch just inside the Rebels 22.
CONVERSION, REBELS, DEBRECZENI! 29-14: Debreczeni adds another two.
TRY, REBELS, HODGE! 27-14: Venter misses his tackle on Hodge who sprints clear beats Zeilinga and he goes over for his second of the night!
Woefully forward pass to Rhule. Scrum to the Rebels just inside their own half.
Marais has a shot at goal after Thomson stuck his hands in the ruck but he misses and the Rebels can drop out.
Jones leaves his feet at the ruck and the Cheetahs set up a line-out just outside the Rebels 22.
CONVERSION, REBELS, DEBRECZENI! 22-14: Debreczeni stretches the Rebels lead from the kicking tee.
TRY, REBELS, PLACID! 20-14: Placid rounds off an attack started when Thomson turned the ball over 40 metres from the Rebels line. Great sniping down the Blindside saw them break into the Cheetahs half before Placid rounded off the move showing the defense a clean pair of heels.
Penalty to the Rebels at scrum time. Hodge's kick isn't going to find touch and the Cheetahs bring it back over halfway.
Lost forward by the Cheetahs on the Rebels 22.
Stirzaker snipes but McMahon leaves his feet and the Cheetahs have a penalty that Zeilenga knocks out on the Rebels 22.
Naivalu tackled into touch by Rhule, Cheetahs throw in 30 metres or so from their own line.
A kicking battle sees the Rebels in possession on halfway.
Scrum Reset as referee Glen Jackson calls for more stability.
A Cheetahs attack is ended when Rhule throws a forward pass on the Rebels 22.
Hodge fails to find touch and Rhule punishes them with a massive return kick that rolls into touch 10 metres from the Rebels line.
The Cheetahs leave their feet at the ruck and the Rebels have a penalty.
Blommetjies shanks a drop goal attempt and the Rebels can drop out.
Penalty to the Cheetahs for playing the halfback and the Cheetahs set up another line-out.
The Rebels steal it and kick ahead it goes into touch inside the Cheetahs half.
The Cheetahs have a penalty at the break down and the two hookers have a shoving match before the Cheetahs kick long into the Rebels 22.
Rebels turn it over and win a penalty, they set up an attacking line-out just outside the Cheetahs 22.
The Cheetahs have a penalty off the restart and set up a line out five out.
REBELS 10-14 CHEETAHS. The Rebels have a penalty after the line-out and Debreczeni has a shot at goal, he misses though and that's it for the first half. The Cheetahs lead by four at the break.
TRY, REBELS, TOMANE! 15-14: Tomane over for the Rebels after an intense start from the Rebels!
Debreczeni misses his kick at goal!
The Cheetahs scrum stands up and the Rebels have a penalty, they kick to touch and we will have the line-out after the hooter has gone.
Rebels kick off!
The Cheetahs lose it forward in the Rebels 22, scrum to the home side.
Lee busts into the Rebels half and the Cheetahs win a penalty which they take quickly and they move into the Rebels 22.
Cheetahs offside at the breakdown after putting the Rebels under pressure off the restart. Rebels clear with the penalty.
PENALTY, REBELS, DEBRECZENI! 10-14: Cheetahs scrum collapses under pressure and Debreczeni has a crack at goal. He adds the three!
Huge maul defense from Lood de Jager who gets his arm around the ball and manages to win the Cheetahs a scrum as the Rebels can't get the ball out of the maul.
Point blank offside from the Cheetahs and Hodge sets up a line-out again.
Hodge knocks a penalty kick into touch 5 from the Cheetahs line.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 7-14: Marais stretches the Cheeatahs lead from the tee..
TRY, CHEETAHS, BLOMMETJIES! 7-12: Rhule tears the Rebels apart before the Cheetahs send it wide and Blommetjies crosses to score!
Ellison off his feet and the Cheetahs have a penalty, they look to peg back the Rebels with a kick to touch 35 meters from the Rebels line.
Blommetjies kicks to touch just outside the Rebels 22 before Stirzaker takes it quickly and sends the Cheethas back into their own 22. Eventually the Cheetahs put it out 40 metres from their own line.
The Cheetahs advance into the Rebels half before Venter is tackled into touch on the Rebels 22.
CONVERSION, REBELS, DEBRECZENI! 7-7: Debreczeni nails the conversion!
TRY, REBELS, HODGE! 5-7: Hodge breaks the line as he rounds a forward and sprints to the goal-line!
Scrum time penalty to the Cheetahs who kick up over halfway.
Poor kick from Venter puts the Cheetahs under pressure but the Rebels lose it forward in the Cheetahs 22.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, MARAIS! 0-7: Marais adds two after the try.
TRY, CHEETAHS, VAN JAARSVELD! 0-5: The Orange wave powers over the Rebels line and the hooker van Jaarsveld comes up with the ball, try time!
Rebels take out the lifter at the line-out, Cheetahs set another line-out with the penalty.
Stirzaker shanks his clearance great chance for the Cheetahs from the line-out inside the Rebels half.
Petersen in space kicks ahead and chases, Blommetjies spills an attempted pick up with the line begging. The Rebels let off the hook there.
Blommetjies steps into touch 10 metres inside the Cheetahs half after a kick by the Rebels Ellison, Rebels line-out.
Scrum time penalty to the Rebels this time, scrumming at an angle.
Cheetahs knock on after the line-out Rebels scrum just inside their own half.
Not Straight from van Jaarsveld for the Cheetahs, scrum to the Rebels on their own 22.
Big scrum by the Cheetahs and the men from Bloemfontein have a penalty. Blommetjies thumps a kick deep into the Rebels half and into touch.
Thomson does well to hold on after a fumble as the Rebels go wide quickly. They follow up by putting up a high kick which Blommetjies spills. Scrum to the Rebels on the Cheetahs 22.
Cheetahs pinned for offside at the breakdown 40 metres from their goal line. Debreczeni kicks at goal. He hits the Upright!
The Cheetahs clear as far as halfway but here come the Rebels again.
Cheetahs fail to release in the tackle, Rebels penalty 10 metres inside their own half.
Placid gets over the halfway line with a strong leg drive. Good work from the Rebels fullback.
Early engagement from the Cheetahs, Rebels free kick.
The Cheetahs get us underway in Melbourne!
Accidental offside from the Rebels and the Cheethas have an early scrum.
Greetings and a warm welcome to our coverage of the Super Rugby contest between the Rebels and the Cheetahs from AAMI Park, Melbourne.
The return of Colby Fainga?a from injury headlines five new inclusions in the Rebels matchday squad. Fainga?a will make his Super Rugby return from the reserves bench after recovering from an elbow injury.McGahan has made four changes to the run-on side that lost to the Hurricanes last weekend with Toby Smith, returning from a concussion, and Jonah Placid named at full-back for the first time since the Highlanders in Round Five. Reece Hodge will make his first start at outside centre after all four of his Super Rugby appearances have come at full-back while Sefa Nailavu and Cam Crawford swap wings. Centre Sione Tuipulotu and Japanese international Kotaro Matsushima have been recalled to the team with the pair to start on the reserve bench against the Cheetahs.
Meanwhile, Cheetahs head coach Franco Smith has gone with an unchanged starting XV from last Friday's 92-17 win over the Sunwolves in Bloemfontein. The only change to the matchday squad sees tighthead prop Luan de Bruin replace Johan Coetzee on the bench. Sergeal Petersen and Paul Schoeman, who each scored hat-tricks last week, start on the wing and at number eight respectively, with Francois Venter captaining the side at inside centre.
The home side are currently in second position on the Australian Conference table after four wins from seven matches. Their most memorable win was against the Waratahs in Round Six, the 21-17 triumph saw them come to within four points of the table topping Brumbies after the men from Canberra lost to the Chiefs in the same week. The Rebels' losses came against the Bulls, the Highlanders and more recently the Hurricanes. Their remaining victories were against a struggling Reds side in Round Three, newcomers the Sunwolves and the Force in the opening round.
The Cheetahs are coming off that thrashing of the Sunwolves in Bloemfontein. They have only recorded one other victory before last week's thumping, their first was in the Round Three against the men from the Far East as well. The men from Bloemfontein are currently in third position, in Africa Conference One, eleven points off second-placed the Bulls.
These sides have met four times before with the Cheetahs taking the first three before the Rebels recorded their first ever win over the Cheetahs in 2014.
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