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Rebels hold on for victory

Mike Harris' boot helped the Rebels earn a 13-8 Super Rugby win over the Brumbies.

Sefanaia Naivalu touched down for Melbourne and Henry Speight scored the only try of the match for the Brumbies in tough conditions at GIO Stadium.

The Rebels led 13-5 at half-time and the hosts could not muster a second-half fightback as their opponents claimed their fourth win from eight matches.

This was the Brumbies' first home loss since losing to the Reds in February last year, but they remained top of the Australian conference.

The wet conditions made flowing rugby difficult and the Rebels' kicking game, with Jack Debreczeni at its heart, reaped rewards.

The Rebels crossed for the first try when scrum-half Nic Stirzaker burst though the defence to send Naivalu over in the corner.

Harris was successful with the conversion and also landed two penalties to put the visitors well in command.

Speight gave the Brumbies hope on the stoke of half-time with his first try of the season.

But the only score of the second half came through Christian Lealiifano's penalty and, despite a late Brumbies push, the Rebels held on to seal victory.


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