Rebels coach: Losing Stirzaker hurt us

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 10:11

REACTION: Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said losing his captain, Nic Stirzaker, a day before their match against the Southern Kings played a big role in their defeat.

The Rebels went down 3-44 down to the Kings, in a match where they also used a flank and a flyhalf in the No.9 position.

"Losing Nic Stirzaker last night [Friday], our captain and No.9, really hurt us," McGahan told reporters after the match. 

"We only travelled with two No.9s. Mick Snowden had to go in and I think we looked ok for 15 minutes in attack before we lost Mick. 

"We ended up using Colby Fainga'a from No.7 to No.9 then we ended up using Ben Volavola."

McGahan lamented his team's ball control in the match

"I think we toiled hard, but we were just not able to control the ball and I think the Kings got three turnover tries and they scored from a lost line-out from us.

"I am sure the stats say we dominated possession, but they defended really well and their spirit grew as the game went on," he added.

The Kings ran in six tries during the 80 minutes and McGahan acknowledged that the PE-based team have become a good attacking side in this year's Super Rugby tournament. 

"We have been watching their [Kings] games and they scored 34 points against the Reds in Perth and they scored 40-odd points against the Force...so their attacking threats have been well-noted through the competition," said McGahan.

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19