Penalties cost ill-disciplined Rebels

Sun, 13 Jul 2014 15:18
Large mitch inman rebels

Rebels coach Tony McGahan bemoaned the high penalty count and his team's own lack of discipline in the final outing of the season.

Rebels coach Tony McGahan bemoaned the high penalty count and his team's own lack of discipline in the final outing of the season.

The Rebels closed the book on their 2014 Super Rugby season with a disappointing 740 loss to the Bulls at the Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, after trailing by just five points at the break.

Following a shock defeat to the Stormers the previous week, the Bulls edged ahead in a tight first half before blowing the visitors away in the second half by scoring four converted tries to nil.

Bulls' flyhalf Handré Pollard, the current IRB Junior Player of the Year who recently made his senior international debut for the Springboks, had a perfect match with the boot - with four penalties and three conversions.

Colby Fainga'a was a standout performer in his 50th Super Rugby appearance, proving a constant menace to the Bulls at the breakdown while Luke Burgess again provided steady leadership.

Jack Debreczeni, making his first start at his preferred flyhalf position in the place of the injured Bryce Hegarty, showed great promise in attack and scored his first Super Rugby try, but found his kicking radar off on the Highveld.

McGahan said he was "disappointed" with the result, but credited the Bulls for taking their opportunities.

"I thought our first half was fantastic; we attacked and defended really well but probably needed more on the scoreboard to show that at half time," he said.

"In the second half we were dominated through the set piece and gave away field position with some penalties.

"That, coupled with some crucial turnovers, took momentum away from us but you have to give the Bulls credit.

"If you give them 90 metres of field position from back to back penalties, they will take advantage.

"We didn't make them work hard enough for their points, and they did just that."

There was no fairytale finish for Rebels stalwarts Hugh Pyle and Alex Rokobaro, who both started in their final appearances for the club.

The departing Jason Woodward was denied a final game in Pretoria after succumbing to a back injury, while fellow departing Rebels Eddie Aholelei, Lachlan Mitchell, Angus Roberts and Chris Thomson watched from Melbourne.

McGahan thanked the departing Rebels for their work at the franchise, and wished them all the best for their futures.

"We are really thankful for Hugh, Alex and Jason's contribution over this tour and their whole time at the franchise, and also to the other departing Rebels.

"The players gave their all, all seven of them, but it wasn't to be.

"It has been a tough last few weeks of Super Rugby action, and although the players have worked so hard to try and get a result we have fallen short."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 27 May 2016
Hurricanes v Highlanders 07h35 Wellington
Waratahs v Chiefs 09h40 Sydney
Boland v Eagles 13h00 Wellington
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas 13h00 Bloemfontein
Kings v Jaguares 17h00 Ascoli Piceno
Border v Falcons 17h00 East London
Sat, 28 May 2016
Blues v Crusaders 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Sunwolves 09h40 Canberra
Western Province v Griquas 10h15 Newlands
Blue Bulls v Leopards 12h15 Loftus Versfeld
Stormers v Cheetahs 13h00 DHL Newlands
Namibia v Griffons 13h00 Windhoek
Golden Lions v EP Kings 13h00 Johannesburg
Saracens v Exeter Chiefs 14h00 London
Bulls v Lions 15h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Connacht 16h30 Edinburgh
Sun, 29 May 2016
Rebels v Force 06h05 Melbourne
England v Wales 14h00 London
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 11 6 0 5 30
Brumbies 11 7 0 4 29
Rebels 10 5 0 5 23
Reds 13 3 1 9 16
Force 11 2 0 9 11
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 11 9 0 2 42
Crusaders 11 9 0 2 41
Highlanders 11 8 0 3 37
Hurricanes 11 7 0 4 36
Blues 11 6 1 4 29
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Bulls 11 7 1 3 32
Stormers 11 6 1 4 32
Cheetahs 11 3 0 8 16
Sunwolves 11 1 1 9 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 11 8 0 3 37
Sharks 12 7 1 4 35
Jaguares 11 2 0 9 13
Kings 11 1 0 10 4