Rebels split day one Tens results
The Melbourne Rebels have split their opening day results at the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens with a victory over the Chiefs and a loss to the Panasonic Wild Knights at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.
In blistering conditions, which reached a peak 37 degrees at kick-off, the Rebels claimed a 19-5 victory over the Chiefs in the opening game of the tournament before their comeback fell short against Japan’s Panasonic Wild Knights.
The Rebels finish the day one in Brisbane level in second place in Pool A with one remaining game against the Waratahs on Sunday morning to complete the round-robin phase of the competition.
Rebels Tens coach Craig McGrath was pleased with what he saw on the first day.
“We’re building into the tournament nicely, much like the rest of the teams, we’re learning it as we go,” McGrath said.
“We did some really good things today that we can be proud of as a group so we’re looking forward to tomorrow against the Waratahs.”
“We want to make sure that we’ve got more than just the one game tomorrow.”
The Victorians kicked-off their tournament with a three-tries-to-one win over the Chiefs courtesy of second-half tries from hooker Jordan Uelese and Wallabies utility back Reece Hodge.
After the Chiefs opened the scoring in the fourth minute through captain Liam Messam, the Rebels levelled the scores 5-5 in the shadows of half-time when substitute Tom English broke through the defence and raced away to score.
Uelese broke the deadlock four minutes from full-time when the 20-year-old crashed over to give the Rebels the lead before captain Nic Stirzaker and Hodge combined, after a great turnover from English, to seal the victory.
In the second game of the day, the Panasonic Wild Knights held off the Rebels to remain undefeated and top Pool A ahead of day two.
The Rebels opened the scoring in the second minute when a cross field kick from Ben Meehan sat up perfectly for winger Jonah Placid to score in the corner for an early 5-0 lead.
The Wild Knights responded five minutes later when Ryukoliniasi Holani converted field pressure into points before Yoshikazu Fujita doubled their advantage on the stroke of half-time.
The Japanese scored their third try of the game when Jack Cornelsen crossed early in the second half to make it 17-5.
Meehan turned from provider to try scorer when the scrumhalf scored under the posts with five minutes remaining to cut the margin to five points before time expired on the Rebels comeback.
The Melbourne Rebels conclude their group stage of the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens when they take on the Waratahs on Sunday morning. The top two teams from Pool A will progress to the knockout quarter-finals.
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Day One Results:
Melbourne Rebels 19 (English, Uelese, Hodge tries; Volavola, Hodge cons) defeated Chiefs 5 (Messam try).
Wild Knights 17 (Holani, Fujita, Cornelsen tries; Matsuda con) defeated Melbourne Rebels 12 (Placid, Meehan tries; Debreczeni con)
Day Two Fixture (Group Stage)
Melbourne Rebels vs NSW Waratahs
Sunday February 12
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 10:00am (AEST) / 11:00am (AEDT)