Reds edge Rebels in Melbourne thriller
Garrin Lambley - Sport24 Editor
Cape Town - The Reds kept their Super Rugby playoff hopes alive with victory over the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.
As it happened: Rebels v Reds
The Reds won 29-24 after leading 17-9 at half-time.
The Reds scored five tries through centre Samu Kerevi (2), wing Eto Nabuli, hooker Stephen Moore and No 8 Scott Higginbotham. Flyhalf Quade Cooper added two conversions.
The Rebels replied with tries by replacement back Will
Miller and wing Marika Koroibete, as well as a conversion and four penalties by fullback Reece Hodge.
The Reds picked up a full-house of five points for their victory and moved to second in the Australian Conference, three points behind the table-topping Brumbies, who have played one fewer match than the Reds.
The Rebels picked up a single point for losing by seven or fewer points, but remaining bottom of the Australian Conference.
In next weekend's Round 13 action, the Reds have a bye, while the Rebels travel to Sydney to play the Waratahs (Sunday, May 21 at 08:05 SA time).
15 Reece Hodge, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13
Tom English, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Ben Volavola, 9
Ben Meehan, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a (captain), 6 Hugh Sinclair,
5 Dominic Day, 4 Steve Cummins, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Toby
Substitutes: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Tyrel
Lomax, 19 Culum Retallick, 20 Sean McMahon, 21 Harrison Goddard, 22 Will
Miller, 23 Jack Maddocks
Karmichael Hunt, 14 Campbell Magnay, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12
Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott
Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob
Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase
16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20
Adam Korczyk, 21 Moses Sorovi, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Izaia Perese