FULL TIME. REBELS 24 - 41 STORMERS. The Stormers have finally ended their disappointing away run. It's their first win in 11 overseas games and they'll be elated with the win. It was a complete performance from the Stormers today, despite the many injuries, and they've earned a brilliant victory.
CONVERSION. STORMERS. STANDER. 24-41. Josh Stander nails the kick with ease.
TRY. STORMERS. NEL. 24-39. It's very messy now and just when the Rebels looked like they'd opened the Stormers defence up, Hodge threw a no look pass which Ruhan Nel intercepted and sprinted over from 60 metres out.
CONVERSION. REBELS. COOPER. 24-34. Once again, Cooper goes as quickly as he can, this time drawing a lovely kick through the posts from out wide.
TRY. REBELS. MAGNAY. 22-34. Penalty won by the Rebels which Ruru takes quickly. Koroibete gets it on the wing and a slip for Sergeal Petersen allows him through. Clever from Koroibete who threw it inside to Cooper, and his quick hands to Magnay put him over for the try.
Rebels get a free kick from the scrum for an early Stormers scrum so they tap and go. It was looking good but they've knocked it on after 9 phases, just outside the Stormers 22.
Cooper flicks a pass onto Koroibete but he wasn't expecting the magician to pass it and coughs up the pill. Stormers scrum near halfway.
Stormers win a lineout near the Rebels 22 and get the maul going. The setup is strong but a quick line from the Rebels forces the error from the Stormers backline.
CONVERSION. REBELS. COOPER. 17-34. Quade Cooper takes the conversion quickly and gets it over. Rebels will feel they've got a chance.
TRY. REBELS. GENIA. 15-34. Will Genia gets it from the lineout and slices straight through for a brilliant try!
A scrum penalty allows Cooper to kick for touch. Rebels lineout, 15 metres out.
The Rebels have a scrum, 40 metres from the Stormers line.
Is this another try?! The ref is going upstairs to have a look and a great run from Sergeal Petersen from his own half isn't rewarded with a 5 pointer. His foot grazed the touchline, prior to the cross kick which Ruhan Nel dotted over.
The Rebels have it inside the Stormers 22. Through 12 phases, but moving nowhere once again. The defence holds strong and the Rebels have given away a penalty for joining the ruck incorrectly.
PENALTY. STORMERS. STANDER. 10-34. It must be the Stormers day after this one. Right on the edge of his range and not the cleanest of strikes, but the ball strikes the crossbar and goes over.
Stormers win a scrum penalty on halfway and Stander will have a shot at goal.
The Rebels are clearly feeling the pressure. Quade Cooper makes a mistake with the restart, kicking it straight into touch.
CONVERSION. STORMERS. STANDER. 10-31. It's another easy kick for Stander, who extends the Stormers lead.
TRY. STORMERS. NEL. 10-29. The men from Cape Town are flying now! A little kick from Stander is allowed to bounce just in front of Cooper who spills it straight into the grateful arms of Ruhan Nel. He's in under the posts for his first try of the season!
Terrific defence once again from the Stormers. Cooper looks for Tupou with a cross kick again and he takes it cleanly this time. The cover defence do their job and cut down the attack. Not only have they tackled him, they've forced a penalty for holding on when a Rebels try looked imminent.
CONVERSION. STORMERS. STANDER. 10-24. Josh Stander makes no mistake with his first kick.
TRY. STORMERS. DE ALLENDE. 10-22. Dillyn Leyds has been superb today. He runs a scintillating line and Jantjies finds him off the back of lineout ball. He busts a couple of tackles and throws the back of the hand offload to De Allende who dives over.
Needless error from Semisi Tupou, who kicks the ball out on the full under no pressure. Stormers will have a lineout on the Rebels 40 metre line. The break in play allows the Stormers to bring Josh Stander on in place of Jean-Luc du Plessis.
Another good kick over the top from Genia, but this one just trickles over the try line, allowing Willemse to dot down for a 22 drop out.
CONVERSION. STORMERS. DU PLESSIS. 10-17. It's a low, driven kick from the left touch line, and it's straight over the black dot from du Plessis.
TRY. STORMERS. AUGUSTUS. 10-15. What a response from the Stormers! Playing under advantage, Leyds gets the ball at first receiver and puts Willemse in a nice hole. He busts half a tackle and holds it up just long enough to draw Will Genia before throwing the ball to Augustus on the wing. The big man trots over for his first Super Rugby try!
Quade Cooper takes his eye off of a routine pass from Genia and knocks it on. Stormers scrum on about halfway.
The ball is taken off the back of the scrum and shifted to English on the left wing. He elects to kick it over the top and gets it wrong, allowing Willemse to dot it down under no pressure for a 22 metre drop out.
Errors compounding now for du Plessis, who throws a forward pass just inside his own half.
Jaco Coetzee appears to have suffered a serious knee injury. He's being carried off the field and Juarno Augustus takes his place.
CONVERSION. REBELS. COOPER. 10-10. Scores are level again as Quade Cooper knocks the conversion over from right in front.
Jean Luc du Plessis gets the second half underway with a central hanging kick off.
TRY. REBELS. HODGE. 8-10. Oh no! Jean-Luc du Plessis fields a high ball from a Genia kick and throws a long ball across the defence. It was in the air for ages and Reece Hodge anticipated it, intercepted it, and dived over for the try.
HALF TIME. REBELS 3 - 10 STORMERS. The hooter sounds. Herschel Jantjies gets it off the back of the scrum and gives it to Leyds who bunts it into touch. It's been an exciting half of rugby, with the Stormers defence being a real standout. They'll have to keep that up in the second half to prevent the Rebels from turning this game around.
A wonderful pivot move off the back of the scrum between Genia and Cooper. Genia draws the defender before releasing Semisi Tupou, who carries it up to the Stormers 22 but loses it forward in contact.
This time, it's a mistake from Jaco Coetzee. He knocks it on inside the Rebels half.
Jaco Coetzee turns it over from a good looking Rebels play. The Stormers carry it up from their 22 before Angus Cottrell shoves Leyds in the face and is pinged for a high tackle.
The ball is intercepted by the Stormers but is knocked on by Kitshoff, who just takes his eye off the ball. Rebels will have a scrum about 40 metres out.
The scrum is stable and Willemse clears, just beyond the Stormers 22.
A spirited Stormers defence withstands 15 phases! Meakes knocks it on, charging onto the ball 5 metres out.
It's a massive scrum from the Rebels and they've won a penalty. They'll have another chance to score with a 5 metre lineout.
Genia pops a trademark kick over the ruck. The bounce is awkward and Leyds does well to field it. The Stormers clear but not into touch. All sorts of space for the Rebels now. The ball falls to Quade Cooper who executes a perfect cross kick to Semisi Tupou 5 metres out. Unfortunately for the youngster, he's split it and misses out on an easy try.
The Rebels win it back from the kick off and look to move it forward quickly. After a couple of phases, the ball is passed out wide. A poor pass from Cooper is almost intercepted from Nel but the ball has gone up in the air and fallen to Sergeal Petersen. The ref blows for a knock-on although the replays suggest it went backwards. Rebels get away with one. They certainly weren't catching Petersen.
PENALTY. STORMERS. DU PLESSIS. 3-10. Jean-Luc du Plessis has no trouble knocking the kick over.
Bongi Mbonambi gets over the ball quickly, and an isolated Adam Coleman is penalised for holding on. Stormers have a chance to get the 3 points straight back, with a shot at goal from an almost identical position to the one Cooper just had.
PENALTY. REBELS. COOPER. 3-7. Quade Cooper slots his first kick of the game.
The Stormers have given away a penalty in centre field, 22 metres out. Cooper will have a shot at goal this time.
The Rebels kick the ball back to the Stormers. Jean-Luc du Plessis fields the kick and looks to send it back, but he's overcooked it from outside his 22, gifting the Rebels a lineout.
De Allende gives away a penalty on his 22 for offside play. Cooper kicks to the corner. They win the lineout and the Stormers collapse the maul, giving away another penalty.
The Stormers have a lineout on halfway, which they win but it's slapped back and the ball for Jantjies is awkward. They clean it up and look to carry it forward from their own half but du Plessis throws a forward pass.
Ross Haylett-Petty pilfers the ball inside his own 22 which allows Genia to clear. Willemse fields the ball and puts on some footwork to beat a couple of defenders before being shut down. Du Plessis gets it and sees space, which he finds with a good kick. Rebels will have a lineout 15 metres from their line.
The ball is turned over and kicked downtown by Jantjies. Cooper fields it inside his 22 and finds the safety of touch, 40 metres from the Rebels line.
Sergeal Petersen is deemed to have intentionally knocked the ball down near halfway and gives away a penalty. Rebels kick to the corner and will have a lineout 15 metres away.
Stormers win a penalty from the scrum and they've punted it up to halfway.
A box kick from Genia is well fielded by Willemse. The Stormers take it through a couple of phases before du Plessis kicks it back to the Rebels, who have returned the favour. It's sloppy in the mifield and the Rebels have retained possession, only for Cooper to kick away. The Stormers look to run it up through Sergeal Petersen, who throws a hospital pass to Dillyn Leyds. Leyds gets smashed in the tackle, and the Rebels turn it over. Finally, the play comes to an end with a Rebels knock on.
Quade Cooper drives a kick through the Stormers defence which finds touch on the 22.
CONVERSION. STORMERS. DU PLESSIS. 0-7. Jean-Luc du Plessis makes no mistake with the conversion.
TRY. STORMERS. LEYDS. 0-5. TRY TIME!!! The ball sits up for Dillyn Leyds 40 metres out. He puts on the razzle dazzle to make the clean break and get the meat pie! Brilliant start for the Stormers!
Encouraging signs from the Stormers defence early on. They prevented the Rebels from moving forward through 10 phases. The ball is knocked on and falls to Sergeal Petersen who carries into contact. The ball is kicked into space and Nel runs onto it but is tackled out in the Rebels 22.
Quade Cooper gets the match underway, kicking the ball into the Stormers 22 near the sideline.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby round 9 match between the Rebels and the Stormers in Melbourne at AAMI Park.
REBELS STARTING XV: 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Semisi Tupou, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Tetera Faulkner. RESERVES: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Esei Ha’angana, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Campbell Magnay
STORMERS STARTING XV: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (C). RESERVES: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Josh Stander, 23 Seabelo Senatla
The Rebels have made 4 changes to the side that comprehensively beat the Sunwolves 42-15 in round 8. Ross Haylett-Petty, Sam Talkai and Robbie Abel all come into the side, with Rangi, Ainsley and Philip sitting out. The only change in the backline sees this season's Super Rugby leading try scorer Jack Maddocks replaced by Semisi Tupou.
The Stormers have made 6 changes to the team that endured a disappointing 24-12 loss to the Reds in Queensland last week. In the backline, Herschel Jantjies replaces Justin Phillips at scrumhalf. Joining the forward pack is Ernst van Rhyn, Salmaan Moerat, Wilco Louw, Bongi Mbonambi and the Stormers captain today, Steven Kitshoff.
Today's referee is Mike Fraser, assisted by Brendon Pickerill and Rasta Rasivenge, with James Leckie on TMO duty.
These two sides have only faced twice in Melbourne in Super Rugby history, with one win apiece, but the Stormers have won by over 15 points in each of the last 3 meetings between the sides.
The Rebels come into this match 7 points clear at the top of the Australian conference. In stark contrast, the Stormers are last in the South African conference, 7 points off first. The Stormers have lost each of their three games on tour and will be looking to end the rut today.
Conditions today are absolutely immaculate. Not a breath of wind can be felt on this 20 degree day.
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