Os­borne back to scor­ing tries

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Mel­bourne: Fi­jian-born winger Patrick Os­borne re­turned from in­jury and scored a try for Su­per Rugby cham­pi­ons High­landers as they thumped the Rebels 27-3 in Mel­bourne on Satur­day night. Flanker Shane Christie dubbed the High­landers suc­cess­ful tour of Aus­tralia as “awe­some.” The Dunedin side have bagged two vic­to­ries in their neigh­bour­ing coun­try. This in­cludes a Round Four vic­tory over the 2014 cham­pi­ons – the Waratahs – in Syd­ney.

The 30-year-old co-cap­tain says the squad are ex­cited to be head­ing home as they pre­pare to host the Force in Dunedin next week. “It was an awe­some way to fin­ish (the twom­atch tour of Aus­tralia) — we wanted to put in an 80-minute per­for­mance and I think we did that tonight,” Christie told re­porters. “We’ll now head back home and look for­ward to the Force next week. “We’ve had an awe­some cou­ple of weeks on the road and it will be nice to get back home.” Rebels cap­tain Sean McMa­hon ad­mits they were out­classed by the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons. “The High­landers came out and per­formed at top qual­ity as you’d ex­pect from a cham­pi­onship team,” said McMa­hon.

“All credit to our boys but we just let a few things go. They were com­ing hard at us – our de­fence was good but we turned too many balls over. “They’re great at coun­ter­at­tack and you could see what they did to us when they got the op­por­tu­nity.”

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