As it happened: Chiefs leave it late to fend off brave Melbourne Rebels side 27-14




The Chiefs get out of jail late against the gutsy Rebels 27-14 in their Super Rugby clash in Melbourne tonight. 


TRY! Stevenson gets his try in the final minutes of the match and its well deserved. Boy does he have wheels on him too as the Fullback pins his ears back after a pass from Lienert-Brown who makes a break down the right. Its the all important bonus point try for the Chiefs, although the final score doesn't do the match justice as the Chiefs get out of jail late on in Melbourne.

75 mins: REBELS 14 CHIEFS 22

TRY! There it is for the Chiefs! Skipper Sam Cane comes up for the try that more or less puts the match out of reach for the Rebels who have been brave tonight. Sam Cane, with the help of Hika Elliot drives towards the Melbourne try-line after escaping from a tackle to score under the posts. 14-22 for the Chiefs with 5 minutes to go after McKenzie hits the post.

73 mins: REBELS 14 CHIEFS 17

PENALTY! The Chiefs get their noses in front with another penalty kick from Damien McKenzie who has been phenomenal tonight leading the Chiefs attack. His kicking has been excellent too as he smashes the kick from more or less in front. Can the Chiefs hold their 3 point lead with 5 minutes to go in Melbourne.

70 mins: REBELS 14 Chiefs 14

PENALTY! Jackson Garden-Bachop gets the penalty that brings the Rebels back on an even playing field after another foul from the Chiefs. 14-14 going into the final 10 minutes.

66 mins: REBELS 11 CHIEFS 14

TRY! After a mountain of pressure the Chiefs force the Rebels hand. After scampering to clear the ball from their own in goal the Rebels cough up a try from a line out drive, Brodie Retallick throws himself at the line, squirming away from the tacklers to crash over. Chiefs back in front by 3 after McKenzie's conversion but the Rebels are still in it with 10 minutes to go.

58 mins: REBELS 11 CHIEFS 7

Injuries to Ben Smith, Israel Dagg and Nehe Milner-Skudder have left McKenzie at the top of the All Blacks’ pile.

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YELLOW CARD! And it goes from bad to worse for the Chiefs as Solomon Alaimalo is pulled up for a spear tackle on a Rebels player. The referees congregate and go upstairs to have it checked and it's a nasty tackle. Both Alaimalo and Cane are called over and the Chiefs winger is given his marching orders to the bin. It's the Chiefs second yellow card of the match and their poor discipline could cost them here. 

53 mins: REBELS 11 CHIEFS 7

PENALTY! The Rebels are playing at a frentic pace in this second half and are rulling procedings in Melbourne. The Chiefs cough up another penalty at the break down near the halfway line infront of the posts. Jackson Garden-Bachop hits it and its good! Rebels pulling away here and are pressing the Chiefs defence.

47 mins: REBELS 8 CHIEFS 7

PENALTY! Huge confusion here as a try to Damien McKenzie is disallowed after the call goes upstairs. Shaun Stevenson is seen to be in touch in the buildup and the try can't be awarded. Strangely enough a penalty is instead called for a shove by Mafi on Steven Donald off the ball as the Chiefs attempted the quick throw in before McKenzie's canceled try. But theres no card for what is a cynical foul by Mafi. McKenzie then misses the penalty and it remains 8-7 to the Rebels.

44 mins: REBELS 8 CHIEFS 7

TRY! Would you believe it the Rebels take the lead! Great hands by Rebels who move it to the left for Marika Koroibete to finish off a scintillating try. What an athletic finish by Koroibete to dived for the corner. 

42 mins: REBELS 3 CHIEFS 7

Rebels make a blockbusting start to the second half with no. 8 Mafi breaking the Chiefs line with a galloping run up the middle, he's taken down by arguably the smallest man on the field, Damien McKenzie and the Chiefs eventually clear their lines but the Rebels mean business in this second half.


The halftime whistle blows and the two trans-Tasman sides head back to the dressing room after a cagey first 40 minutes. The Rebels have not been able to make the most of their one man advantage, only managing to convert the penalty following Messam's infringement. The defence from the Chiefs has been tremendous, getting up quickly after every phase to prevent the Rebels making any metres. Attacking wise they only have one try to their name and were unlucky to not have another after some fancy foot work from Stevenson.

28 mins: REBELS 3 CHIEFS 7

PENALTY! YELLOW CARD! Chiefs go down to 14 men as Liam Messam is sinbinned after his side are pinged for the build up of penalties. Jackson Garden-Bachop gets the points which eat into the Chief's lead.

24 mins: REBELS 0 CHIEFS 7

NO TRY! Stevenson latches on to a kick and chase after a quick turn-over near halfway. He tip toes down the line but did he put a foot out? Replays prove he did, just, denying what would have been a fantastic individual effort. Stevenson showed great speed as the Chiefs nearly collected two quick tries. Lots of work for the assistant referees so far in the match.

21 mins: REBELS 0 CHIEFS 7

TRY! Or is it? Dominic Bird pounces on a loose ball after an attempted strip, ref goes upstairs to check if its a knock on but he gets the go ahead from the assistant referee. Chiefs take the lead in a quiet opening first 20 minutes. McKenzie gets the conversion to make it 7-0.

17 mins: REBELS 0 CHIEFS 0

MISS! Reece Hodge misses his chance to give the Rebels the lead with his penalty kick drifting wide of the uprights.


And we are underway! 

Rebels: 1.Fereti Sa'aga, 2.James Hanson, 3.Laurie Weeks, 4.Culum Retallick, 5.Steve Cummins, 6.Jordy Reid, 7.Colby Fainga'a, 8.Amanaki Mafi, 9.Niz Stirzaker (captain), 10.Jackson Garden-Bachop, 11.Marika Koroibete, 12.Reece Hodge, 13.Tom English, 14.Sefa Naivalu, 15.Jack Debreczeni.

Reserves: 16.Pat Leafa, 17.Cruze Ah-Nau, 18.Tyrel Lomax, 19.Murray Douglas, 20.Jake Schatz, 21.Ben Meehan, 22.Sione Tuipulotu, 23.Ben Volavola.

Chiefs: Shaun Stevenson, Toni Pulu, Anton Lienert-Brown, Stephen Donald, Solomon Alaimalo, Damian McKenzie, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Tom Sanders, Brodie Retallick, Dominic Bird, Nepo Laulala, Sabastian Siataga, Kane Hames.

Reserves: Hika Elliot, Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, Atu Moli, Mitchell Brown, Mitchell Karpik, Finlay Christie, Aaron Cruden, Johnny Faauli.

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