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Cordingley out, Cipriani starts for Rebels

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin, In the news, Super Rugby on 22 Feb 2011 at 22:50
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The bad news keeps flowing for the Melbourne Rebels, with halfback Sam Cordingley joining the list of sidelined players for Friday night’s Super Rugby clash with the Brumbies.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Rebels have already lost five-eighth James Hilgendorf (shoulder) and flanker Hoani MacDonald (hand) for long stints from injuries sustained in their 43-0 debut drubbing by the NSW Waratahs.

Coach Rod Macqueen on Tuesday added Cordingley’s name to the list, saying in hindsight he should not have played against the Waratahs, as he was still affected by a hip injury that hampered his pre-season.

“It’s early in the season, it’s a long season, we’ve made the decision now.

“We could have probably put him on the bench and kept him there, but we basically said have a rest, get it right and basically bit the bullet on that one.”

Macqueen was hopeful Cordingley would miss just one match, with Nick Phipps handed the No.9 jersey for the game against the Brumbies.

As well as dealing with the injury toll, the coach admitted he has had a big job this week restoring his players’ battered confidence after their opening debacle.

Macqueen said he had reviewed their gameplan, but also blamed poor execution and possible opening-night nerves.

“It’s a normal thing for us to be disappointed about that, we had 25,000 people there, it was a big audience, a lot of expectation,” he said.

“We’ve tried to be realistic about it from day one, to say history suggests it’s going to be a difficult year, because the other sides have won one game and nil games, the last two sides that have come into the Super competition.

“But we’re also not saying that’s where we should be … we want to be competitive.”

Macqueen said the strong former-Brumbies flavour amongst the Rebels, including himself and captain Stirling Mortlock, would add an element to the AAMI Park clash.

“With (Julian) Huxley and Stirling and myself and (Mark) Gerrard, we’ve all been there and we all know each other and I’m sure they know a fair bit about those players too, so it’s going to be a bit of a game of chess early on.”

Meanwhile, he said the Rebels were still assessing the possibility of recruiting another five-eighth, given Hilgendorf’s expected long injury absence.

But he said it was unlikely Frenchman Frederik Michalak, who had approached the club about being part of their initial squad, would be coming.

“At this stage, he wouldn’t be available until next year anyway, so I’d say at this stage it is off the cards,” Macqueen said.

His preference was to look nationally.

“I’ve always said if we can get an Australian or an Australian-eligible, we’d much rather do that. But the jury’s still out, we haven’t decided that yet.”

English international Danny Cipriani will start at five-eighth on Friday night.

Rebels: Mark Gerrard, Lachlan Mitchell, Stirling Mortlock (capt), Julian Huxley, Cooper Vuna, Danny Cipriani, Nick Phipps, Gareth Delve, Michael Lipman, Jarrod Saffy, Kevin O’Neill, Adam Byrnes, Greg Somerville, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson.
Reserves: Heath Tessman, Laurie Weeks, Alister Campbell, Tom Chamberlin, Richard Kingi, Afusipa Taumoepeau, Luke Rooney


  • Mark Gerrard. Man where has he been all this time? he used to be one of my FL Stalwarts back in the days of testrugby.

  • Comment 1, posted at 22.02.11 22:54:06 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Yeah shit I forgot about him! Should be a good game in the 1st 10 mins then brumbies should pull away.

  • Comment 2, posted at 22.02.11 23:10:58 by Ben Reply
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  • Best headline so far was on Supersport I think:

    ‘Rebels without applause’


  • Comment 3, posted at 23.02.11 00:04:43 by McLovin Reply

  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : Japan

  • Comment 4, posted at 23.02.11 00:09:19 by war1 Reply
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : Hehehehehe

  • Comment 5, posted at 23.02.11 06:21:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Rebels gonna get smashed unfortunately.

  • Comment 6, posted at 23.02.11 06:58:57 by Speed7 Reply

  • I dont think the Rebels will get such a huge whipping again. 15-25 points this time round.

  • Comment 7, posted at 23.02.11 07:02:15 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
    Competition WinnerCompetition WinnerCompetition Winner
  • @McLovin (Comment 3) : That is classic… Ultimately just there to balance the numbers (5 per union) – which is obvious, but next year or year after sees the Kings come into play… I am not sure how they are going to structure it then, but SupeRugby deserves to be settled and established… Is it not worth installing a tier system? Rebels VS Kings VS Lions VS Highlanders VS Force (as an example) – they must qualify to play for the big one? The cream of the crop… Promotion relegation… I am not a big football fan, but admire the structured systems ITO competition set up.

  • Comment 8, posted at 23.02.11 07:46:06 by DarkDestroyer Reply

  • @Jarson (AddicteD) (Comment 7) : Hopefully your right… But I think its going to be another 40 pointer at least.

  • Comment 9, posted at 23.02.11 07:51:25 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @DarkDestroyer (Comment 8) : It is called superrugby and not S15 for a very good reason.

    Because the next expansion is already on the cards, they just haven’t given us the details yet.

  • Comment 10, posted at 23.02.11 07:52:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 10) : That is indeed clear. No new logo design, no new trophy… Just expansion… I guess I am just voicing my disapproval of it, less rugby, but better quality – Super might just become misleading… Welcome to SupeRugby (well some are super, some are average and some are kak)…

  • Comment 11, posted at 23.02.11 07:55:37 by DarkDestroyer Reply


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