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Super Rugby Official Melbourne Rebels thread

Discussion in 'Rugby Union' started by Sunday Red, Nov 12, 2009.

Put it out there
  1. balmainforever

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    Down at Geelong watching trial against Chiefs.
    17-0 to the Chiefs at half time.
    Rebels definitely need a couple more forwards. Getting pushed around at will.
     

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  2. balmainforever

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    Final score was Chiefs 36-0.
    6 tries to the Chiefs.
    Great crowd turned up.
    Rebels definitely need more in forward from their pack.
    I'm guessing more of the same as from last year.
     
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    I went down ther last night too. We were all over them for 10 minutes, then barely a sniff for the last 70. Beale and OC looked good in parts, and Kurtley even played a bit of the last quarter as well as the 2nd, which was all he was supposed to play I think.

    The pack got pushed around much of the night in open play, and tries 2 ,3 and 4 all came form rolling mauls or the like.

    After the game the players were fantastic, signing autographs for the fans and posing for photos too. I snapped my little fella with Gerrard, Kurtley and OC, who were only too happy to pose.

    Fear not, pre-season is the time to make your mistakes.
     
  5. Mint Condition

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    Yeah I wouldn't give the result too much weight. I think the rebels almost beat the crusaders in a warm up match last year for example. They're no great indicator, just a chance to blow out the cobwebs.

    And I think the Chiefs will do well this year.
     
  6. Buzzasto DaSilva

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    Just read that Sebastian Chabal has been released by Metro and is a chance to come to Super 15. He would be a quick-fix to the forward pack fears and a huge leader to the club- in and off the field. Unfortunately I can't see it happening but he'd be a fantastic addition IMO.
     
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    He'd be a great signing for marketing alone.
     
  8. balmainforever

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    I'm not saying that that the rebels season is already over.
    I'm just saying that they're still a season away from being real competitive against all opposition.
    I can see them beating last year's record, but not competing in finals action.
     
  9. meltiger

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    Yep agree with BF we were chatting all night about the pack, though interestingly they also still have defensive issues on the wings.

    OC looked very fit, the Traitor looked good as well.
     
  10. AuckMel

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    Taking the family along to take a look on saturday night. Go the Blues!!
     
  11. meltiger

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    Much improved performance tonight. Though not sure what quality side the Blues fielded. Dominated the first half, over run in second.

    31-21 final to Auckland.

    OC & Beale only played first half but were a class above.
     

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  12. AuckMel

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    The Blues played really well for a 15 minute spell which won them the game, apart from that, they were only average. Not sure if that's the best side they've allegedly had since early S12 days.
     
  13. MelbourneCrow

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    Went in for the 2nd half last night, as I was at the cricket next door anyway.

    Despite conceding two tries straight after the resumption we looked a lot better than in the Chiefs match for the last half hour. Good tackling, good defensive cover and the pack didn't get pushed around too much.

    That Bye in Round 1 may be a blessing, as JOC was taken off as a precaution and I presume Kurtleys absence was a similar scenario.
     
  14. stuart27

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    One average and two great performances by the Rebels.

    Will be an interesting round 2 against the Tahs, who have a bruising Reds match up.
     
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    Very good comeback after the Chiefs game.
     
  16. meltiger

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    Opening game tonight. On my way in. Been fine all day now the clouds are rolling in.

    Grrrr :(


    Shame for the Rebs that the traitor isn't playing.

    Go NSW :)
     
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    Some lack of finishing skills and momentary defensive lapses are killing us, but we are better than last year. Having the bye first up probably wasn't helpful.
     
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    It's still the pack that worries me most with the Rebels. They couldn't compete last year with good forward packs and last night they still can't compete with a pack the likes of a full strength Tahs' side (admittedly a pack that is pretty much Test quality). While the Tahs had consistent clean and quick ball that allowed the back line to flow forward with ease, the Rebels had no clean ball which allowed the defensive line to set strongly and get up quickly on Cipriani and JOC.

    The latter had absolutely no room all night to do a thing. That will be alleviated somewhat when Beale begins playing but it won't be changed completely until the Rebels can form a defiantly strong pack. Pyle, Jones are good players and are very young as locks. That's a good start. Delve is a solid player but they need some tighter players who can be more effective at the breakdown IMO. A guy like Dave Dennis would be great for the Rebels to stick at 6. They need to upgrade their hookers. Offering James Hanson or Damien Fitzpatrick a big contract would be a great idea. Both very strong, young hookers who will be around for a long time.
     
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    Gutsy performance from the Rebels tonight. Pushed the Reds all the way.
     
  20. Wahooti Fandango

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    Cirpirani heading back home at the end of the year. No great loss.
     
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    Rebels up 14-0 early.
     
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    Rebels win 30-29.:D
     
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    We looked shot there for a bit after Cipriani went off with his hamstring.
     
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    Is Mark Gerrard attempting to be Dale Thomas.

    Best rugby union candy sell I've seen.
     
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    Just got back from the game.

    Up the Rebels!! :D