Composure gave Rebels a vital win

Sat, 18 May 2013 07:53
Large rebels v stormers3 Large rebels v stormers4 Large rebels v stormers2 Large rebels v stormers

The Rebels managed to finally turn one of their numerous close losses into a win, and it was composure that helped them edge the Stormers.

The Rebels managed to finally turn one of their numerous close losses into a win, and it was composure that helped them edge the hapless Stormers in Melbourne on Friday.

After posting their first ever victory against a South African side, and their third win of the season, there was no mistaking the pleasure that Hill took from both the performance and the result (30-21).

"I am extremely pleased for the players, the supporters and the staff," coach Damien Hill said.

"They have played exceptionally well over the last month and just barely lost; that extra 10 minutes of composure led to a win.

"The Stormers finished top of the ladder last year, so to knock them off is a really fantastic effort by the whole organisation."

With 10 players in the match day squad in either their first or second season of Super Rugby, Hill was proud of his young charges and believed that they showed a glimpse of what Rebels' fans can expect in the years to come.

Following injuries to James O'Connor and Angus Roberts, and with Kurtley Beale unavailable for selection indefinitely, Bryce Hegarty was named in the starting line-up for the first time in his Super Rugby career.

"For young Bryce Hegarty to step up and do what he did in his debut was fantastic," Hill said.

Nic Stirzaker was also included for a maiden start.

Stirzaker had been so impressive when he joined the fray at the Newlands Stadium in 2012 when these sides last met, and the Rebels coach, Hill, had no hesitation in starting the young scrumhalf.

"Stirzy [Nic Stirzaker] had a solid game, Kimami Situati's first appearance off the bench added value - there's a lot of positives out of this game.

"I'm exceptionally pleased with the way the young guys are coming through.

"It takes a while to acclimatise to this level, and that's what they are doing. They're making every post a winner at the moment and that should bode them well for the future."

Rebel captain Higginbotham said that there wasn't much difference between Friday's performance, and that of the side during recent weeks.

"First half, those two tries that they scored was just off the back of two missed tackles," Higginbotham said.

"It was just a lapse in defence, but we stuck to our guns this week and we haven't dropped through these close losses - we kept pushing forwards, and we proved that we can do it."

Everybody involved with the Rebels will savour the result, the first ever win for the franchise against South African opponents, and will look to replicate it next Friday when the Waratahs head to Melbourne to tackle this galvanised outfit.

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 April 2018
Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 14h00 Sixways
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
Connacht v Leinster 14h05 Sportsground
Dragons v Scarlets 14h05 Rodney Parade
Bulls v Highlanders 15h15 Loftus Versfeld
Treviso v Zebre 16h00 Stadio Monigo
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 16h35 Cardiff Arms Park
Munster v Ulster 16h35 Thomond Park
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Myreside
Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Wasps v Northampton Saints 14h00 Ricoh Arena
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
Sun, 15 April 2018
Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
Sat, 14 April 2018
Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14