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Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 12

  • Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 12

The Rebels went down to the ladder-leaders, the Sharks, at AAMI Park this weekend, but it wasn't all negatives. Once again Melbourne showed they are a force to be reckoned with at home and if it wasn't for ill-disciplined penalties, the Shark might not have gained the lead they accumulated in the first half.

There were plenty of good performers for the Rebels, but only three can poll in this weekends Rebel Rant Medal count.

1 vote: Jason Woodward
The young fullback continues to improve at the Rebels. Another great game where he accumulated 104 metres through the night and had some good runs at the Sharks defence. He broke the line on several occasion and was decent in front of the sticks once again. He passed the 100 points mark for the season in this match, and just edges out Inman, Fuglistaller and Sau for the one vote.

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2 votes: Tamati Ellison
What a great performance from Ellison. It was the type of game from him that we had heard about, but were yet to see in great patches this year. He was used as a play-maker from the no.13 position in attack, but was rock solid for another week in defence. He had a big total of 19 carries for the game and showed his worth with the boot as well -- he hasn't got a poor kicking game. The attacking edge he added to his game this week to accompany his defensive work earns him the two votes.

3 votes: Luke Burgess
Some may find the decision to give three votes to a man who only played one half of rugby a bit contentious, but if anything it was his absence from the second half that proved how important Luke Burgess is to the Melbourne side. In the first half he was sharp and fast with his passing -- as always -- and was the main catalyst in the Rebels surges at the Sharks line; he helped his teammates take the ball out in front and pick the gaps at speed. He was replaced at halftime by Nic Stirzaker who, while he shows promise for a young man, doesn't have the same set of skills as the more experienced scrumhalf in Burgess and his passing didn't give Melbourne the edge they had in the first half, further highlighting the former Wallaby's skills and importance. Some may say Tony McGahan's decision to bring Burgess off at the break was a poor one, but nevertheless the job he did earns him the maximum votes.

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

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