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Live: Rebels v Chiefs


FULL-TIME: What a ridiculous game of rugby. So much entertainment. It was played at 180km/h from the off, when Anscombe went over in the first minute for the first of 11 tries on the night. 

After 25 minutes, the Chiefs looked like they would run away with the game, but in the end, they were made to work right until the final whistle. 

The returning man Kurtley Beale will take the headlines, after a wonderful cameo which included a superb individual try.

Higginbotham and Pyle were awesome up front, but Anscombe has to get the man of the match honours for his 24 point haul. 

James O'Connor took a huge hit right at the end and went off. It was a sore one, but he should be fine. He's a tough lad. 

The home side got a couple of TMO decisions their way, but they were both 50/50s, so no real complaints there.

Those Rebels don't know when they're beaten. Good team to watch. Thanks for your company and see you for the next one!


 They finally spin it. Beale to Inman. The Chiefs defence holds strong, and hold up the man. They win the turnover and it's all over. Heartbreaker for the Rebels. Rebels 33 Chiefs 39.


Penalty to the Rebels, who take it quick. Pyle goes into contact short, and the home side reset. The ref is screaming "USE IT". The big men pick up and drive. Three points won't do. 


 The Chiefs have butchered the lineout and it goes straight over the top to the Rebels. They have the ball 2m out as the siren goes!


Great break from Nick Phipps. He finds Cooper Vuna, who is always running towards the touchline as he takes the ball off balance. It's a lineout to the Chiefs.


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NO TRY: Knocked on. Anscombe is denied his fourth of the night. James O'Connor has gone off injured in the meantime. He was blindsided by Sam Cane late, and it was a bonerattler. Rebels 33 Chiefs 36 2 mins to go

Hugh Pyle stretches to score.
Hugh Pyle stretches to score. Photo: Getty Images

The replays show that as Phipps went to pass the ball off the base of the ruck, Osbourne dived through the gate and blocked it. Did it go forward? It's close. No decision yet.

TMO: The Rebels go all out, but they have turned it over on halfway. The Chiefs pinch it, and Anscombe darts unchallenged down the left touchline to go over for what would be the matchwinning try. It's being looked at for a knock-on.

Four minutes to go, and we're down to a 6 point ball game! The Rebels have it from the restart. They bring it out of the 22m with Sidey. The ref blows up, and there is a bug sigh of relief as they get the put in to the scrum.

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TRY: You couldn't make this up. Kurtley Beale has just danced through the Chiefs' defence as if he's never been away. He scores a vital try as he goose-steps his way into a gap. What an impact. Absolutely magic. That came from nothing as the Rebels drifted right. The Chiefs thought they had it covered. O'Connor converts the 11th try of the game. Rebels 33 Chiefs 39

 Inman and English have put in some hard work here tonight - not the most glamourous pair in Super Rugby, but good journeymen.


So, about ten minutes to go here, and the Rebels are looking to hit straight back. A good scrum in the Chiefs half sees O'Connor and Beale combine again up to the 22m.

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TRY: What a blow for the Rebels. Brodie Retallick charges down James O'Connor's low clearance kick with ease about two metres out, and it's the simplest of tries for the big lock. Just as I talk up the No. 10 ..... Anscombe hits the woodwork with the conversion attempt. It's a basketball score. The Rebels have a bonus point though. Rebels 26 Chiefs 39


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O'Connor misses the kick. Beale has made a ridiculous impact here. It shows how desperately O'Connor needs someone on his own level outside him. Deans' job just got even harder.

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TRY: UNBELIEVABLE! Nick Phipps has scored. What a try. O'Connor gives it to Beale in the Rebels' half with a blind inside pass. Beale destroys his way up the middle. O'Connor doubles in support, and flicks it wide to Phipps, who goes in unchallenged. It's gone to the TMO to look at a forward pass from O'Connor in the first instance, but it's given the all clear! Rebels 26 Chiefs 34 KTC


 Penalty to the Chiefs. Anscombe will have a shot at goal. He has 3/5, and it's a hard angle - but it shows how the Chiefs are thinking.


Great heart tonight from the Rebels, who against all odds, are still in the game. Fifteen minutes to go, but I'd still pick the Chiefs. Kurtley Beale has really started to get into this game, and has immediately made O'Connor look better. They are a fearsome combination when they get good ball and a yard of space.

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