Another loss for the Melbourne Rebels on the weekend has put a slight dampener on the mood at AAMI Park. Overall a dissapointing game, but this weekend, compared to round 4, there were actually some positives to take away from the match. The team used their larger bodies better, the scrum performed really well, and there were several shining lights in team; but who were they, and how many votes do we give them?
1 vote: Telusa Veainu
All night the Rebels refused to use gut-busting runs to try and attack the Crusaders, instead going for a more physical approach. Against a team like the Crusaders, who's squad features so many All Blacks, it is a tricky approach to have. Veainu's introduction in the second half brought up a little bit of what the Rebels needed, making some quick runs up the flanks. A cameo appearance enough to earn him a point.
2 votes: Scott Fuglistaller
The only try scorer for the Rebels, but that isn't why he gets the two for this round. Although the maul try was well worked, Fuglistaller was in and under, throwing his body around and trying hard all night. His smother in the first half was a highlight of why he is already an influence at the club and why he is already regarded a leader.
3 votes: Bryce Hegarty
The only man who was 100% worthy to be in the votes. This kid is a jet. He passed well all night, he makes great decisions, he took the game on, he was willing to run, and he created. There's not much more I can say about Hegarty, other than don't be surprised if we see him feature in the Rebel Rant Medal votes a lot more this season.
The Rebel Rant Medal - 2014 Overall Leaderboard
6 - Scott Higginbotham
5 - Bryce Hegarty
2 - Luke Burgess
2 - Scott Fuglistaller
1 - Tom English
1 - Laurie Weeks
1 - Telusa Veainu