Chiefs score late win over spirited Rebels
The Chiefs have scored a late win over a gutsy Melbourne Rebels with a 27-14 victory at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Friday night.
The visitors scored 13 unanswered points in the last six minutes of the fourth round fixture to break a 14-all deadlock and maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
A spirited Rebels, fresh off the bye, showed plenty of vigour and resilience in a much-improved performance but couldn’t hold out the experienced Chiefs in the end.
The Rebels levelled the scores from the boot of Garden-Bachop with 10 minutes remaining before the hosts conceded a penalty and two late tries in the dying minutes.
McKenzie restored the Chiefs lead in the 74th minute and tries from Sam Cane and Stevenson sealed the result.
After the match, Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan said, “We’re disappointed that we didn’t get the win, that’s what we were here to do but we came up short. To be 14-all at 74 minutes and then they end up scoring 13 points in the last six minutes.
“Certainly there are things there to like but there are things that we need to get better at. We understand the competition moves on quickly so if you’re not good one week, you need to make sure that you’re improving each week and that’s what we need to do.”
On whether the much-improved performance against the Chiefs was a confidence boost:
“It’s confidence for the staff and coaches. We really needed something as I said during the week. We’ve been bitterly disappointed by our performances in the first two rounds in every aspect of our game.
“We got something there against the Chiefs but, as I said to the playing group, we can’t expect to be getting back slaps for losing a game of Rugby and we know that we need to go out next week and earn it. We know it’s our first derby of the season and how important that is, especially at home.”
Chiefs 27 (Bird, B. Retallick, Cane, Stevenson tries; McKenzie 2 cons; McKenzie 1 pen)
Melbourne Rebels 14 (Koroibete try; Garden-Bachop 3 pens)
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Half Time: Chiefs 7-3
News Source: Melbourne Rebels