Melbourne’s quest for Tremendous Rugby Pacific redemption has fallen simply brief, with the Rebels taking place to the Chiefs 33-30 in a Sunday afternoon thriller.

Prop Ollie Norris disregarded tackles and scored for the Chiefs within the eightieth minute to ship heartbreak for the Rebels at AAMI Park.

Melbourne have been seeking to rebound from a 43-point thrashing by the Blues and whereas they didn’t get the win they did lots to earn again respect.

Their loss meant a clear sweep of Australian groups by their Kiwi rivals via spherical 13.

Chiefs skipper Sam Cane stated his finals-bound crew “acquired out of jail”.

“We knew that the Rebels have been a greater facet than what they confirmed on the factors desk they usually weren’t going to be the identical facet that turned as much as Eden Park final week,” Cane advised Stan Sport.

“They confirmed that for the total 80 minutes.”

Rebels skipper Michael Wells stated it was “extremely disappointing”.

“You don’t get rewarded for participation in order that’s the place we sit,” he stated.

“It’s a giant step ahead … however we’re nonetheless developing a bit of bit brief.”

Melbourne took the lead within the 71st minute with Reece Hodge slotting a penalty to place his crew ahead 27-26.

They prolonged the margin with one other penalty within the 77th but it surely finally wasn’t sufficient.

Chiefs five-eighth Josh Ioane was hero and villain for his crew, organising three of their tries but additionally gifting the Rebels two.

Melbourne led on the 47 minute mark after scoring two tries whereas they have been a person down, with prop Pone Fa’amausili given a yellow card for some off the ball antics following an enormous hit on Chiefs lock Naitoa Ah Kuoi.

Ioane threw a free go that was toed ahead by Rebels winger Andrew Kellaway for a strive.

And simply earlier than halftime Rebels five-eighth Carter Gordon additionally intercepted an Ioane go and dashed 80 metres to the touch down.

However the Chiefs once more nudged ahead 19-17 within the 57th minute when hooker Samisoni Taukei’aho drove throughout the road, with Ioane including the extras.

It regarded like the lads from Hamilton may run away with the match after centre Emoni Narawa danced via some visitors to open up a 9 level lead.

The Rebels rallied however the late strive meant they nonetheless got here up brief.



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