It’s not been great news for the Melbourne Rebels at late when they now left South Africa with four straight losses to the Stormers side at DHL Newlands Stadium in Cape Town last night.
The Rebels lacked discipline where at times they forget how to tackle, while the Stormers side won their first game since the Reds at home five weeks ago.
They were great through the forward line earlier in the 1st half as the Rebels won a penalty closer to the posts.
Fly-Half Jack Debreczeni put the visiting team out in front with a successful penalty conversion.
The Stormers have fought one back with their successful conversion from Damian Willemse.
A short time later, Debreczeni has changed the Rebels attacking landscape that helped them push back in front by three points.
SCORE: Rebels 6-3 Stormers.
But Stormers Centre Damian De Allende avoided Debreczeni before he touched down for the first five points.
Great attacking work from De Allende where he busted through the Rebels defense where their tackles were a hit and miss.
That gap handed a considerable lead for the home side.
SCORE: Stormers 10-6 Rebels.
The home side’s attacking 22 benefited from their defensive win at the breakdown before JJ Engelbrecht got past the Rebels brittle defense & touched down their second try of the match.
After Damian Willemse adding the two extra points with the conversion kick, The Stormers lead the Rebels, 17-6 at Half-Time.
Straight after the kickoff, the Stormers have extended their lead when a chip kick from Dewaldt Duvenage saw Dillyn Leyds score the home side’s third try.
SCORE: Stormers 24-6 Rebels
When Colby Fainga’a came on the field with an hour left in play, he made an immediate impact when a brilliant assist to Sefa Naivalu saw him cross the try line down the right-hand side.
That gave the Rebels a bit of relief after Debreczeni converted the extra two points.
SCORE: Stormers 24-13 Rebels
They’ve got it wrong with an inaccurate line break when the Stormers won the penalty before Damien Willemse successfully converted over the goal posts for the extra three points.
SCORE: Stormers 27-13 Rebels
Having conceded a penalty, The Rebels bounced back when they’ve built a solid 18-phase attack.
That build-up meant great rewards for winger Sefa Naivalu as he scored the second try of the match.
But the bad news is that they’ve had a close four minutes to shock the home visitors when they couldn’t add the two extra points.
SCORE: Stormers 27-18 Rebels
Then their momentum has gone from bad to worse in the dying second.
That was when Engelbrecht swept past their front row in a match-winning try he craved for the Stormers at home.
Full-Time: Stormers 34-18 Rebels
- Tries: JJ Engelbrecht 2, Damian De Allende & Dillan Leyds 1
- Conversions: Damian Willemse 4
- Penalties: Damian Willemse 2
- Tries: Sefa Naivalu 2
- Conversions: Jack Debreczeni 1
- Penalties: Jack Debreczeni 2
Apart from the disappointment, the Rebels suffered last night; Sam Talakai made his 50th Super Rugby cap.
He too came on the field from the bench in the 46th minute.
Another occasion for the youth pack is Sama Malolo.
He plays at Hooker where Malolo became the 131st Rebels player in the 75th minute for Angus Cottrell.
The Rebels still haven’t won a match in South Africa 14 games.
But the worse news is that they’ve slipped to 2nd in the Australian Conference behind the Waratahs by three points.
They’ve got lots of work to do when they host the current Super Rugby Champions, the Crusaders next Friday night at AAMI Park.
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