Rebels rally to clout Canes

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

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.

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