Australian Rugby News, 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman RD1: Melbourne Rebels v Blues Report

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The Blues gone ahead early with the three point penalty goal from Otere Black. As Melbourne Rebels struggled to find their way past the away side. Having cleared away with the kick a few times. But they did expose the opposition defensive test. That earned them a winning scrum before Matt Toomua levelled the score 3-3 after 10 mins. It did not detract the Rebels struggles to clear the Blues pack. When the scrum collapsed against their way through the second reset feed. And saw Black complete another three-pointer goal after 17 mins. The score is Melbourne Rebels 3-6 Blues.

Rebels defense may still be robust. While The Blues rushed through going forward on occasions that stopped them from scoring full points so far. But it is the home side who got hit with lost penalties along the way. Thanks to the Blues strong possession in the Rebels territory they extended their lead. Score is Rebels 3-9 Blues after 26 mins courtesy of a penalty goal from Black. Followed by another three points to the Blues with 8 to go towards half-time. When the Blues forward pack were so strong driving straight. That saw Melbourne struggle to clear the scrum feed with the referee giving that next penalty go the away side. Thanks to Karl Tu’inukuafe who plays at loosehead prop.

Going into half-time The Blues scored their first touchdown of the night. As Melbourne struggled to get their throw-in straight. Despite a few recent penalties won closer to the touch line. So does Adrian Choat who plays on the openside flanker for the Blues. He had to spend ten minutes in the naughty chair. Before the away side got away with the cross-kick towards the far right at the 50 meter mark. Seen Marika Koroibete struggle to mark the ball alone with no one to cover him. And that is how The Blues found a way through the opposite short side. With Tom Robertson scored the first full points recipient as skipper on the blindside back row. Half-Time is The Blues 3-17 Rebels.

Blues continued to extend their lead going into the 20 point mark. Having remained strong with the scrum feed. As well as plenty of flexibility via the counter attack. That saw the away side use the best of the wide areas to get around the Rebels half. Where Hoskins Sotutu make up the 2nd touchdown tonight at Number 8. Even though Michael Wells tried to prevent the ball being grounded on his opposite dial. Rebels 3-24 after 47 minutes. Followed by another touchdown with Sotutu via the patient scrum feed. Which demonstrated the away team so powerful in this area. Rebels 3-31 Blues.

On the other hand the home side were left with impatient conversions. Especially when they did not have much lost time through the ball on hand. That led to more leaked points where Blues got past the Rebels territory from Josh Goodhue. Before Akira Ioane made an immediate impact off the bench for Adrian Choat in the 52nd minute. And helped further extended the Blues lead for the five touch points at 3-36 with 15 minutes left. Then entered the 40 point mark through sensational passage of play. Before Harry Plummer made a cross kick towards the far left for AJ Lam that touched down too easily. It is a 40 point gap going to The Blues at 3-43. With less than 10 to go and Akira once again scored another touchdown. As seen though the patience shown via the winning penalties & attacking setup. The away side reached half-century for the win in Melbourne at 3-50.

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