Rebels left licking their wounds

Sun, 09 Mar 2014 09:06
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Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan said that his team had let the franchise down in their 46-7 capitulation to the Western Force on Saturday.
 

Melbourne Rebels coach Tony McGahan said that his team had let the franchise down in their 46-7 capitulation to the Western Force on Saturday.

McGahan had made six changes to the team that beat the Cheetahs in their season-opener, but it backfired badly as the Force raced out to a 32-0 lead to secure the bonus point before half-time.

However, the coach said that the whole squad should shoulder the blame for what was an uninspired performance in Perth.

"It's a big learning curve for all of us. We're all responsible for the result.

"We let down the club," he told AAP.

The Force celebrated skipper Matt Hodgson's 100th Super Rugby cap in style as they stormed to their first victory of the season.

McGahan said that he may have to make wholesale changes once more ahead of their clash with the Crusaders next week, as the confidence of the players would have taken a big knock in Perth.

"To be honest, I don't know if there was anyone out there who could walk away with any shred of confidence," McGahan said.

Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham added that his team could expect a "kick up the ass" this week.

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
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Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28