Rebels rally to clout Canes
BEFORE their Super Rugby debut the Melbourne Rebels declared they wanted to make AAMI Park their ‘‘ stockade’’.
And they’re well on the way, claiming another home scalp as they came from 17-0 down to hammer the Hurricanes 42-25 last night.
Coach Rod Macqueen must be mystified by the erratic performances of his side, this match coming after last round’s 50-point humiliation by Queensland.
It was the Rebels’ second win at home, while they almost toppled the competitionleading Sharks in Melbourne in round four.
The Super newcomers looked in line for another drubbing when they trailed 17-0 after 17 minutes, following tries to Chris Eaton, Victor Vito and Daniel Kirkpatrick, while they had missed almost as many tackles.
The home side started their fight-back with former Test prop Rodney Blake scoring in his Rebels debut.
Second-rower Al Campbell then scored the first of his two tries as he barrelled over the line, and when flanker Michael Lipman added another fivepointer the Rebels were back in the game.
Five-eighth Danny Cipriani, who had another fine game, locked up the scores at 20-20 on the halftime hooter with a penalty goal from the halfway line.
Any sniff the Hurricanes had of regaining control was quickly extinguished after halftime.
The Rebels threw everything at the visitors, making the most of their quick ball with Campbell’s second try coming in the 49th minute. Winger Cooper Vuna then got in on the act, scoring one try and setting up another for impressive halfback Nick Phipps.