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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Pumas v Griquas 17h10 Kimberley
Sat, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
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Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
Blue Bulls v Western Province 45 | 26
Sat, 30 July 2016
Lions v Highlanders 42 | 30
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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