Quar­ters on Rebels’ tens radar

Sunday Herald Sun - - Sport - MATT WIND­LEY

THEIR first taste of 10-a-side rugby was en­joy­able, but flanker Jordy Reid said it would be all busi­ness for the Mel­bourne Rebels to­day as they at­tempted to make the quar­ter­fi­nals in Bris­bane.

The Rebels split their first two games of the Global Tens tour­na­ment at Sun­corp Sta­dium yes­ter­day, first de­feat­ing the Waikato Chiefs 19-5 be­fore fall­ing 17-12 to the Pana­sonic Wild Knights from Ja­pan.

The Mel­bourne side takes on the NSW Waratahs in to­day’s open­ing game, with a win likely to take it through to the knock­out stage.

With the Wild Knights record­ing two wins yes­ter­day and the Chiefs one, the result in the game be­tween those two sides will also have a bear­ing on the fate of the Rebels.

Scorch­ing tem­per­a­tures are again forecast for Bris­bane.

But should they ad­vance be­yond the pool stage, the Rebels could play as many as four games to­day.

“I’m sure if we do make the fi­nal there’ll be a few tired legs,” Reid said.

“But hope­fully we do — we’re here to win.

“We’ll put ev­ery­thing in against the Waratahs to get us in to the quar­ters and then from there we’re go­ing to try and go as deep as we can.”

The loss to the Wild Knights aside, the only real neg­a­tive for the Rebels was a nasty rib in­jury to full­back Jonah Placid suf­fered in game two.

De­spite the heat, Reid gave the new for­mat a tick.

“It’s been quite a suc­cess, all the boys have been re­ally ex­cited about play­ing and the crowd was re­ally into it,” he said.

“I think the rugby was re­ally ex­cit­ing. There was more space than the 15s, but there still is a bit of struc­ture to it.”

Rebel Jordy Reid is tack­led dur­ing his side’s win over the Chiefs at the Rugby Global Tens in Bris­bane yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: GETTY IMAGES

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