Rebels claim win over UC Brumbies in Melbourne

The Rebels have claimed their second win over the University of Canberra Brumbies, 32-24 in Melbourne, after a dominant second half by the home team buried the men in navy and gold.

Jason Woodward cleaned up with 27 points of his own, scoring a classy try for the Rebels and adding another 22 off the boot to bury the UC Brumbies.

Tries to Robbie Coleman and Jesse Mogg moved both players out to five a piece for the season, but it meant little with the UC Brumbies falling to their second loss of the season.

Once again Stephen Moore and Ben Alexander were impressive, while Matt Toomua was also at his usual best.

“It’s a tough loss, but all credit must go to the Rebels for their commitment,” Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher said.

“We will regroup, have a strong week at training and be ready for the Blues this Friday night.”

The UC Brumbies were the first to cross the chalk after some powerful work by the scrum. Despite boasting one of the most impressive packs in the Australian Conference, the Rebels chose the scum early from a short-armed penalty only to be driven back and penalised.

With the Rebels forwards on the back foot, the UC Brumbies spread the ball wide, Toomua pumping a double cut out wide to Mogg who crossed virtually untouched to score his fifth try of the year the season.

With the conversion successful and a penalty a piece in the next five minutes, the UC Brumbies held a 10-3 lead which they would hold for the next 37 minutes into half time.

Despite starting the second half with a penalty try from close range, the Rebels were in ascension from the kick-off and had the UC Brumbies on the back foot from the get go.

When Jason Woodward darted through to score from long range, the UC Brumbies were looking shaky with 20 minutes to play.

Consecutive penalties to Woodward, one which sent Scott Fardy to the bin for 10, gave the Rebels more advantage, the locals looking in control.

Mitch Inman glanced through the defence untouched to put the Rebels even further in front with 15 minutes to play, but the UC Brumbies had one more roll of the dice when Coleman scored under the sticks to bring it back within a converted try.

But more penalties to Woodward pushed the outcome beyond doubt, the Rebels eventually walking away 32-24 winners.

Melbourne Rebels 32 (Mitch Inman, Jason Woodward tries Woodward 2 cons 6 pens) bt UC Brumbies 24 (1 penalty try) (Robbie Coleman, Jesse Mogg tries Nic White 2, Matt Toomua cons White pen) at AAMI Park. Referee: Jaco Peyper. Crowd: 10,726.

UC Brumbies
1. JP Smith (replaced by Ruaidhri Murphy)
2. Stephen Moore (replaced by Siliva Siliva)
3. Ben Alexander (replaced by Ruan Smith)
4. Scott Fardy
5. Sam Carter
6. Jordan Smiler (replaced by Lachlan McCaffrey)
7. Jarrad Butler
8. Ben Mowen ©
9. Nic White (replaced by Conrad Smith)
10. Matt Toomua
11. Robbie Coleman
12. Pat McCabe (replaced by Christian Lealiifano)
13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Joe Tomane
15. Jesse Mogg

16. Siliva Siliva
17. Ruan Smith
18. Ruaidhri Murphy
19. Jack Whetton
20. Lachlan McCaffrey
21. Conrad Hoffmann
22. Andrew Smith
23. Christian Lealiifano