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Rugby-Reds win 20-13 as Rebels' second-half woes continue

MELBOURNE, March 8 (Reuters) - The Queensland Reds ground out a hard-fought 23-13 Super Rugby win over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday to heap more second half woe on their fellow Australians. Ben Tapuai and Nick Frisby touched down for the visitors, who scored 13 unanswered second half points in Melbourne despite periods of sustained pressure from the home side.

Rugby-O'Connor and Cooper in Wallabies' flyhalf clash

MELBOURNE, March 5 (Reuters) - Australia utility back James O'Connor will battle Quade Cooper in an unofficial audition for the Wallabies flyhalf position ahead of the British and Irish Lions tour when he starts at pivot for the Melbourne Rebels' Super Rugby match on Friday. O'Connor takes over the Rebels' chief playmaker role from fellow Wallabies back Kurtley Beale, who is sidelined with a broken hand, and will go head-to-head with Queensland Reds flyhalf Cooper at the 'Stockade' in Melbourne.

C.African Republic moves to end rebel occupation of towns

The Central African Republic will on Sunday begin removing rebels from villages and towns they have occupied since December, the commander of the multinational African force FOMAC said Saturday. Jean-Felix Akaga told a press conference that the operation's aim was to round up rebels and allow civilians to "circulate freely". It would start in the central regions of Bria and Kaga, he said.

RugbyU: Brumbies make it two, downing Rebels

The ACT Brumbies made it two from two with a bonus-point second round victory over the Melbourne Rebels, cementing their place at the top of the Australian Conference with an emphatic 30-13 win. Jake White's Brumbies, dominant for much of the 2012 season, came back from a point down at half time to win Friday's match with 18 unanswered points including a try apiece to captain Ben Mowen and substitute Robbie Coleman.

Rugby-Brumbies turn the screw to quell Rebels in second half

MELBOURNE, Feb 22 (Reuters) - ACT Brumbies turned the screw in the second half to overturn a narrow deficit and earn a convincing 30-13 bonus point victory over the Melbourne Rebels in a Super Rugby contest on Friday. Fullback Jesse Mogg backed up his brace from the opening weekend with a brilliant individual try in the first half and it was his break that set up a first try since his comeback from retirement for former Wallabies winger Clyde Rathbone.

Rugby-Rebels hold off Force 30-23 in Super Rugby season-opener

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE, Feb 15 (Reuters) - The Melbourne Rebels held off an undisciplined Western Force 30-23 to win the season-opening match of Super Rugby at the Rectangular stadium in Melbourne on Friday. Winger Alfi Mafi scored a try in each half for the Perth-based Force, but the visitors were made to pay when they had two men sent off in the space of five minutes in the second half on a balmy evening.

Rugby: Rebels open Super 15 with entertaining win

The Melbourne Rebels opened the 2013 Super 15 season in style with an entertaining 30-23 win over the Perth-based Western Force in Melbourne on Friday. The Rebels recovered from a slow start, coming from 11-0 down midway through the first half to overhaul the visitors, who have never won their opening Super rugby match since entering the competition in 2006. Both teams scored three tries apiece, but the Force were let down by a lack of discipline at key moments, with fullback James O'Connor booting three penalties to give the Rebels some crucial breathing space.

RugbyU: Melbourne Rebels 30 Western Force 23

Result of a Super 15 match between the Melbourne Rebels and the Perth-based Western Force at Melbourne's AAMI Stadium on Friday: Melbourne Rebels 30 Western Force 23 H-t: 10-11 Scorers Melbourne Rebels: Tries - Ged Robinson, Hugh Pyle, Richard Kingi. Conversions - James O'Connor (3). Penalties - O'Connor (3) Western Force: Tries - Alfie Mafi (2), Richard Brown. Conversion - Kyle Godwin. Penalties - Godwin (2) Referee: Angus Gardner (AUS) afp

RugbyU: Australian Super 15 team penpix

Penpix of the Australian teams playing in this season's Super 15 series, which starts on Friday. ACT BRUMBIES Coach: Jake White Captain: Ben Mowen Stadium: Canberra Stadium Best finish: Champions (2001, 2004)

C.African rebels revoke decision to halt role in government

Central African rebels briefly suspended their role in the country's new national unity government Wednesday before quickly revoking the decision, saying they didn't want to fall into President Francois Bozize's "trap" by pulling out. "We finally decided to take our role in government," General Mohamed Moussa Dhaffane, one of the rebel leaders, told AFP from the capital Bangui. "We thought of suspending our participation but ultimately we figured it might be a trap by President Bozize."
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