The Melbourne Rebels won their first game in the 2020 Super Rugby AU competition when they beat the Waratahs with 29-10. The Rebels moved up to six log points to go even with the Waratahs.
The Rebels had a try disallowed in the second minute of the first quarter but received a reward of sorts when they converted a penalty to 3-0. A long-distance try by the Waratahs after an intercept gave the Waratahs a 7-3 lead with only eight minutes on the clock. The Rebels used the penalties conceded by the Waratahs to lead 9-7 after the first quarter.
A second-quarter full of mistakes ended when the Rebels were able to score after pressurising the Waratahs for several minutes. The halftime score was 19-10 with the Rebels well on their way to win their first game of the 2020 Super Rugby AU.
The Rebels kept the Waratahs in with a chance during the third quarter with over-eagerness and sloppy play. No points scored during this period with the Rebels still in the lead with 19-10.
The fourth quarter's highlight came after 78 minutes when Rebels' Marika Koroibete celebrated his 50th game with a brilliant try. The final score 29-10 for the Rebels.
The Rebels will face the Western Force next weekend while the Waratahs has a bye.
Waratahs: Try: Alex Newsome. Conversion: Will Harrison. Penalty: Will Harrison.
Rebels: Tries: Ryan Louwrens, Marika Koroibete. Conversions: Matt To'omua (2). Penalties: Matt To'omua (5).
Waratahs: 1. Tom Robertson, 2. Tom Horton, 3. Harry Johnson-Holmes, 4. Ned Hanigan, 5. Rob Simmons (C), 6. Lachlan Swinton, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Jack Dempsey, 9. Mitch Short, 10. Will Harrison, 11. Alex Newsome (VC), 12. Karmichael Hunt, 13. Joey Walton, 14. James Ramm, 15. Jack Maddocks. Replacements: 16. Joseph Cotton, 17. Tetera Faulkner, 18. Chris Talakai, 19. Tom Staniforth, 20. Jed Holloway, 21. Jake Gordon, 22. Mark Nawaqanitawase, 23. Ben Donaldson.
Rebels: 1. Cameron Orr, 2. Jordan Uelese, 3. Pone Fa'amausili, 4. Matt Philip, 5. Trevor Hosea, 6. Josh Kemeny, 7. Richard Hardwick, 8. Michael Wells, 9. Ryan Louwrens, 10. Matt To'omua, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Bill Meakes, 13. Reece Hodge, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty. Replacements: 16. Efi Ma'afu, 17. Matt Gibbon, 18. Jermaine Ainsley, 19. Michael Stolberg, 20. Esei Haangana, 21. Rob Leota, 22. Frank Lomani, 23. Andrew Deegan.