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Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 10

  • Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 10

A much improved effort from the Rebels finally earned them the win that had eluded them in past matches, and it came against the number one in-form team of the competition, the Force, who were on a five game winning streak in the lead up to this game.

McGahan's men had been getting better with every game, and this match was the reward for all their hard work. Rewards must also go out in this weeks Rebel Rant Medal count and there were many impressive performances, so who gets the votes?

1 vote: Luke Jones
Another good game from the ever-improving lock. The 23 year-old accumulated almost 8 carries in the first 20 minutes alone, and ended with 17 for the match. A present force in the lineout, he also managed to intercept several of the Force's throws, too. 12 tackles for the match -- equal-first in the Rebels team -- he was prevalent all over the field for yet another week.

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2 votes: Shota Horie
How good is it watching this man improve? The Japanese hooker had a blinding match. He was in everything; alert to every danger, pouncing on the loose balls like a flyhalf, diving into the challenges like a prop, and beating defenders. He was a hard worker in moving the ball forward and was a key cog in a lot of Melbourne's attacks, getting himself involved in the important plays. A few weeks ago I made mention of Scott Higginbotham's "never stop working" attitude needing to rub off on his teammates -- it has definitely rubbed off onto Horie.

3 votes: Colby Fainga'a
Looked over in favour of the young Sean McMahon at the start of the season for th no.6 position, and coming back from a minor injury several weeks ago, the former Brumbies flanker was a surprise packet in this game. Normally it is Higginbotham and Scott Fuglistaller who are the stars of the backrow, but Fainga'a was easily the standout this week. Like Horie, Fainga'a caught Higginbotham's "never stop working" fever and got himself involved in the important forays forward. 12 in-and-under carries, 12 tackles, and a big force in the rucks, he was also a defensive machine against the Force and did all the dirty work. The dirty work definitely did not go unnoticed, earning himself the maximum votes.

Honourable mentions:
Luke Burgess was very, very unlucky to not get a vote this week -- to the point where I almost feel bad for not giving him one. His impact off the bench in the second half was huge in making Melbourne's attacks look threatening. His precision passing and speed out of the hands added another dimension to the team that the young Nic Stirzaker is still in the process of learning. Purely based on statistics, Jason Woodwards 130 metres should also get a mention.

The Rebel Rant Medal - 2014 Overall Leaderboard
12 - Scott Higginbotham
8 - Bryce Hegarty
5 - Colby Fainga'a
5 - Luke Jones
3 - Jason Woodward
3 - Nic Stirzaker
2 - Luke Burgess
2 - Scott Fuglistaller
2 - Mitch Inman
2 - Shota Horie
1 - Tom English
1 - Laurie Weeks
1 - Telusa Veainu
1 - Tamati Ellison

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