Sink or swim time for Rebels

Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:20
Large rebels in albury Large lukeburgessrebelslifestyle Large tonymcgahan

Rebels coach Tony McGahan is wary that the franchise will likely lose a portion of their home supporters if they are unable to produce the goods this season.

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan is wary that the franchise will likely lose a portion of their home supporters if they are unable to produce the goods this season.

The Rebels have gradually improved in their three seasons of Super Rugby – moving up from 15th in their debut season to 13th in 2012 and 12th last year – but have some way to go towards inspiring Victoria fans to believe that they can make a run at the play-offs.

The perennial success and proven popularity of Rugby League side the Melbourne Storm increase the demand for the Rebels to deliver results, or risk losing their local fan base.

Having lost Wallaby stars James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale, who for all their controversy last year were major draw cards for the clubs, wins could be even harder to come by for the Rebels this season.  

McGahan refused to sidestep the issue, saying instilling greater self-belief and plugging their leaky defence will be key to proving their worth.

"For us we really want to make sure we're consistent. Winning our home games is the No.1 priority," he told AAP.

"We know there's not a lot of time and patience out there for any code or any team for that mater.

"We have been in the competition three years and in normal circumstances we've got longer, but we understand the market we're in.

"We're under no illusions we need to get results to have a team and a style of play members can identify with. And that's in a tough market down there with the Melbourne Storm who do exceptionally well."

Scrumhalf Luke Burgess said McGahan’s influence has been apparent during the pre-season, with the team undefeated in their warm-up matches.

"He's not prepared to ask someone to do something he's not prepared to do himself," Burgess said.

"His work ethic is incredible, I've never met anyone like him in rugby. It's pretty inspirational to hear him talk about his expectations."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 30 September 2016
Golden Lions v Sharks 15h00 Johannesburg
EP Kings v Pumas 16h00 Nelspruit
Western Province v Boland 17h10 Cape Town
Dragons v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 Rodney Parade
Connacht v Edinburgh 18h35 Sportsground
Northampton Saints v Exeter Chiefs 18h45 Franklin's Gardens
Bristol v Saracens 18h45 Ashton Gate
Sat, 01 October 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Griquas 12h00 Bloemfontein
Sale Sharks v Leicester Tigers 13h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Gloucester v Bath 14h00 Kingsholm
South Africa v Australia 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Munster v Zebre 16h00 Thomond Park
Ulster v Ospreys 17h30 Kingspan Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Leinster 18h35 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cardiff Blues v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Stadio Monigo
Sun, 02 October 2016
Argentina v New Zealand 22h10 Ascoli Piceno
Wasps v Harlequins 13h30 Ricoh Arena
Worcester Warriors v Newcastle Falcons 14h00 Sixways
Tue, 04 October 2016
Edinburgh v Ulster 19h35 BT Murrayfield
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9