Rebels Edge Bulls

The Rebels brought their three-match losing run in Super Rugby to an end after recording a narrow 21-20 win over the Bulls at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Saturday.  The visitors got off to a bright start and promptly took the lead in the fourth minute through Dean Greyling who grabbed the ball at the back of the ruck and dived over for the try.  Jacques-Louis Potgieter got the extras.

A well worked try finished off by Sean McMahon got the Rebels back into the game as Mike Harris added the extras to tie things up after 12 minutes of play.  The Bulls went on the attack and regained the lead from a Potgieter penalty before a converted try by Pieter Labuschagne pushed the Bulls further ahead.   The hosts managed to reduce the deficit on the stroke of half-time through a Jack Debreczeni try, with Harris slotting away the conversion as Frans Ludeke’s men led 17-14 at the interval.

The Pretoria franchise extended its lead soon after the restart as Potgieter made no mistake from the kicking tee.  However, the visitors suffered a blow as they were reduced to 14 men when Greyling was sin-binned for not rolling away, and the Rebels profited from their numerical advantage as Lopeti Timane bulldozed his way over the line in the 58th minute.  Harris got the extras to have his team leading for the first time in the match, and it was a lead Tony McGahan’s men held on to as they secured the crucial victory.