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Daunting task for Rebels

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super Rugby on 8 Mar 2011 at 18:57
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Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen is preparing his team for a fierce, physical clash with a Sharks side he rates the most aggressive in Super Rugby.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Rebels are waiting on the fitness of three frontline players, halfback Sam Cordingley, lock Kevin O’Neill and winger Luke Rooney, with the likelihood veteran Cordingley will again be ruled out for Friday night’s home clash.

The competition newcomers are battling to establish some consistent form after hefty losses to the NSW Waratahs and New Zealand’s Chiefs sandwiched their breakthrough one-point win over the Brumbies.

They have their work cut out for them this week, with the Durban-based Sharks one of only two teams boasting three wins after the first three rounds.

The Sharks have the new South African wonderkid, 20-year-old Patrick Lambie, calling the shots from five-eighth.

But their big and rugged pack, featuring du Plessis brothers Bismarck and Jannie, plus Tendai “The Beast” Matawira in an all-Springboks frontrow, also has Macqueen’s attention after seeing his own team struggle badly at times in the lineout and scrum.

“They’ve got very good set pieces and do the basics very, very well,” said Macqueen.

“They are a great benchmark for us, as a team that’s going to really put pressure on us as far as the basics are concerned.

“It’s going to be a very aggressive team we’re playing against – they’d be No.1 as far as aggression is concerned.

“We’re going to see a very physical game and we’ve got to try and match them, that’s going to be our role out there.”

Macqueen has told his forwards they will carry the bulk of the responsibility on Friday night.

“Right now working on our combinations is going to be very important,” he said.

“It’s going to be up to the forwards to play well to give the backs a bit of room and give players like (scrumhalves Nick) Phipps and (Richard) Kingi opportunities.”


  • Not going to be easy but should be a win. I actually think it will be by less of a margin than against the Force.

  • Comment 1, posted at 08.03.11 19:04:30 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Sharks by 15 atleast.

  • Comment 2, posted at 08.03.11 19:31:49 by Honey Badger Reply
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  • Can only see a Sharks win. Most probably another 5 pointer.

  • Comment 3, posted at 08.03.11 19:35:49 by McLovin Reply
  • We just need to win all our games Rebels will have sth to prove and the sharks will want to keep the wining record so a hard game leis ahead of us but a win we should get

    Sharks By 5 but as long as we win that is all that counts :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 08.03.11 20:36:33 by chaz Reply
  • Good luck to the Rebels. And oh geez they will need a lot of luck to beat the sharks. I feel this is the sharks’ game to lose. We need to do the basics perfectly and the rest will follow, but silly mistakes will cost us the game. But that won’t happen. I predict a bonus point win for the sharks. So happy the Rebels have beaten the Brumbies already, we won’t be the 1st if it happens! 🙂

  • Comment 5, posted at 08.03.11 23:42:47 by Ben Reply
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  • Are the Sharks the only team not to have conceded yellow or red cards?

    I too think that this game is more ours to lose than theirs to win.

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.03.11 07:19:35 by Jarson (AddicteD) Reply
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  • We should take this on a canter…… But we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. Like 2009 😕

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.03.11 07:45:02 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Think the rebels will test the sharks more than the chiefs next week…

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.03.11 08:04:51 by shaniboi Reply

  • @shaniboi (Comment 8) : Don’t think so.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.03.11 08:06:18 by Ben Reply
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  • It is gonna require 80mins of quality rugby from the sharks,not poofter rugby and then some flashes of rugby here and there..

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.03.11 09:54:17 by bergshark Reply


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