VIDEO: Rebels saw the 'train smash' coming

Sat, 31 Mar 2018 06:52

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: The Rebels were brought down to earth with a bang and it wasn't much of a surprise for them.

The Hurricanes continued Australia's misery against New Zealand teams, with yet another big win in trans-Tasman contests.

The Hurricanes hammered the Australian conference leaders, the Rebels, 50-19 in Melbourne for their 11th straight win over Australian opposition - also stretching New Zealand's winning run over Australian teams to 33 games stemming back to 2016.

The Wellington-based franchise posted 42 unanswered points with wing Ben Lam scoring four tries after trailing the Rebels 19-8 late in the first half.

It was the most points the Hurricanes have scored in a match in Australia.

"We knew what was coming," Rebels captain Adam Coleman said.

"We knew they came with high line speed and they're tight throughout the field, so we knew we had to put our heads down and do some tough carries.

"Sometimes I thought we tried to push the pass a bit instead of tightening up and putting our heads down.

"I'm really proud of how the boys started the game, but we were just missing that intensity in the second-half.

"We'll look to rectify that [against the Jaguares at home, after next week's bye week]."

Rebels coach Dave Wessels had a different view, suggesting there are "a lot of positives" to take out of his team's heavy defeat.

Despite the result, Wessels saw the game as a learning experience for his relatively new team, and a chance to study one of the best teams in the competition.

"There's a lot of positives for me," Wessels said post-match.

"The game was an opportunity for us to set a marker. The Hurricanes are the most dominant team in Super Rugby over the last couple of years.

"I thought in that first half, we played some really good rugby. [But] we lost the game because they controlled the field better.

"Probably in previous weeks, we may have gotten away with things like that. But against a team like the Hurricanes, you don't get away with [it].

"That's a really good lesson for us."

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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
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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