No half measures for Rebels

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 06:57
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Melbourne Rebels flyhalf Bryce Hegarty said his team need to start putting in 80-minute performances if they are to compete with the top Super Rugby sides.

Melbourne Rebels flyhalf Bryce Hegarty said his team need to start putting in 80-minute performances if they are to compete with the top Super Rugby sides.

The Rebels slumped to a 25-19 defeat to the Crusaders in front of their home fans on Friday, leaving them wondering what might have been.

Their only try came in the dying stages of the match, once the Crusaders had already secured victory, and Hegarty admitted that it had been a frustrating outing.

"We have to be an 80 minute team," he told AAP.

"We can't put in those 50 minute performances or half game performances any more, it's not acceptable and that's something we have to strive to build on this year."

The Crusaders enjoyed the ascendency in both the scrum and breakdown, which made life even more difficult for the home side, and Hegarty admitted that they need to work on their discipline.

"Discipline was a big problem; that breakdown area we got shot to pieces in penalties and that's something we can't afford to do," Hegarty said.

"It's something that is controllable and fortunately we lacked a lot of discipline and the scoreboard showed that in the end."

The Rebels did well to restrict the Crusaders to just one try, but lacked spark in attack - a problem that plagued them against the Force last week.

"The Crusaders didn't give us an inch; we created some opportunity in attack but that execution and those last couple of passes weren't there for us so that's something we have to build on for the Waratahs because we can't accept that mediocrity.

"We can't wait for next week to turn things around," said Hegarty.

Fullback Jason Woodward will undergo scans on his knee while prop Laurie Weeks will also have a scan after being forced off the field late in the first half with a head knock.

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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
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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