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Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 13

  • Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 13

Another loss for the Rebels leaves them in the bottom four on the table, but the 15-25 defeat wasn't without its standout players. Once again, we highlight the top three players for Melbourne in this weeks Rebel Rant Medal count.

1 vote: Sean McMahon

Came on in the second half and only played a handful of minutes, but showed why he's a great prospect. He made several encouraging runs and troubled the Hurricanes defence on several occassions in the desperation stages for the Rebels. Promising even from the little time he had, and he finally gets his first votes of the year.

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2 votes: Bryce Hegarty

Again, another outstanding effort from Hegarty. Arguably Melbourne's most consistent player this season, and another few performances like that will surely get him the medal at the end of the season. It was the regular things we normally see from Hegarty, but his regular things stand out. Hunting the ball, pace, passing, running; it was a good game from Hegarty, and it's exciting to think how much he can still improve given he is so young.

3 votes: Luke Burgess

Two votes for the young generation, but three votes for the wiser head this week -- and his second in a row. Burgess was everywhere (as he normally is) and his passing again was on-form. The injury to fellow scrumhalf Nic Stirzaker meant Burgess spent longer on the field (Ben Meehan in reserve hasn't had too much game-time this year and is still very inexperienced) but it was well worth it too, as he always makes Melbourne look a more dangerous side and he held his nerve in the tense situations at the end of the match. Where pressure has made the Rebels fumble the ball in the past, Burgess looked calm and steady.

The Rebel Rant Medal - 2014 Overall Leaderboard
12 - Scott Higginbotham
10 - Bryce Hegarty
8 - Luke Burgess
5 - Colby Fainga'a
5 - Luke Jones
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
1 - Sean McMahon

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