Frustrated Rebels staying focused on job at hand

Wed, 12 Apr 2017 08:09

INTERVIEW: Melbourne Rebels assistant coach Morgan Turinui has reminded his side to stay focused on the task despite the growing distraction.

As the speculation intensifies following the ARU's statement yesterday, Turinui has reminded the players to "control the controllables" ahead of Saturday’s game against the Brumbies.

The Rebels, still searching for their first win of the year, are busy preparing for their second Australian derby of the 2017 Super Rugby season.

Turinui, who's experienced a similar situation while playing in France, said the focus was firmly on the team's return to AAMI Park following the bye.

"We don't know anything [about the decision] so it hasn't changed the situation for us so we're just preparing for the Brumbies," Turinui told melbournerebels.com.

"There's only one thing we can control and that's our performance this weekend.

"As an assistant coach of a football team, that's all I've pretty much had to worry about.

"I've had enough problems trying to unlock the very good Brumbies defence so I'll let the powers to be work [the decision] out.

"I was involved in a French club that folded due to money problems so the big lesson I learnt there was to keep my head down and control the things that I can – my job and the players' job is preparing for a game of Super Rugby."

Turinui said it was up to the club to recognise the fans patience and loyalty with a solid performance after a difficult start to the season – on and off the field.

"I think if we can focus on the process of putting on a good performance and repaying the faith and support those fans have been hurt by some of this stuff that been going around," Turinui said.

"It's about time that we started putting a performance on the field that the people of Melbourne can grab a hold of and be proud of and pay back some of the great loyalty that we’ve had from our fans.

"The Force did that on the weekend and we need to do it for our guys as well."

After opening their season with four games against New Zealand opposition in the first five outings, the Rebels will take on the Australian Conference leaders on Saturday.

The Brumbies sit seven points clear at the top of the Australian ladder with three wins from six games after they downed the Reds 43-10 last weekend in Canberra.

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
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