The Melbourne Rebels have made it a Tremendous Saturday for Australian groups, backing up the NSW Waratahs’ shock win with a 26-22 victory over Moana Pasifika.

The Waratahs upset the Crusaders 24-21 in Sydney within the early sport earlier than the Rebels held on for their very own Tremendous Rugby Pacific win over the competitors newcomers at AAMI Park.

A attempt within the 77th minute by winger Timoci Tavatavanawai arrange an exciting end though the conversion by Christian Lealiifano was off course.

The Rebels then had centre Ray Nu’u despatched off within the closing minute for a excessive shot on Lealiifano, however Lincoln McClutchie failed to search out contact, robbing his crew of a closing try to attain a match-winning attempt.

The lead modified 4 instances by way of the match with Melbourne managing to remain in entrance from the 53rd minute, when fullback Reece Hodge glided by way of a niche within the defence.

With six minutes remaining five-eighth Carter Gordon stalled a fightback when he stopped a sure attempt by knocking the ball from the fingers of McClutchie as he dived over the road.

Moana Pasifika’s first match on Australian soil was postponed final spherical with Western Pressure unable to area a facet because of COVID-19.

Their first factors got here by way of flanker Alamanda Motuga after they used an attacking line-out to drive the ball throughout the road within the 10th minute.

Rebels hooker James Hanson countered, scoring twice off the identical play, with a late penalty strike by Lealiifano closing to path 14-10 at halftime.

Moana Pasifika’s strain on Melbourne reaped a reward within the 49th minute by way of prop Abraham Pole to regain the lead till Hodge’s five-pointer. 

Wallabies winger Andrew Kellaway then broke a seven-game drought with a attempt in opposition to the run of play to offer the hosts extra respiratory room.

Rebels coach Kevin Foote might be disillusioned with Nu’a’s pink card, with the centre solely returning this match from a two-match ban.


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