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Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 14

  • Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 14

It was a historic night for the Melbourne Rebels, claiming their first victory up in Queensland since their inclusion into the Super Rugby competition. The game itself wasn't the prettiest to watch, with both defences showing lapses in concentration, but there were some sublime moments from both teams as well.

As always, we pick the best three players from the Rebels in the Rebel Rant Medal count.

1 vote: Tom English

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He's always a key performer for the Rebels, and usually a player who racks up a lot of, if not the most, metreage in the squad. It was hard to pick the one-voter because it was more of a team performance, but English showed some great skill in both halves of the match. He ran at the defence, he beat defenders, he broke the line, and Melbourne's refusal to kick when in their own half ultimately worked in English's favour as he was given the liberty to run hard up the line. No tries for him this week, but he played a big part in setting up Kingston's try when he managed to run through several Reds tacklers on the wing.

2 votes: Pat Leafa

With Shota Horie travelling to Japan with his national team, Pat Leafa needed to step up in his absence and he proved to be a worthy deputy. Despite one or two shaky throws at the lineout, Leafa played a wonderful game, operating in Horie's traditional role of a running, attacking big man. There were a few moments in the match where he was able to break through the line and have an open run into the 22 which undoubtedly raised the eyebrows of Rebels supporters. He was all around the breakdown, he was playing the ball, but most importantly he showed us his imporvement as a player.

3 votes: Luke Burgess

Burgess is surging up the overall leaderboard, accumulating his third three-pointer in a row. A much deserved three votes to the 30 year-old as he collected two tries in this match, 11 carries, and beat 6 defenders. It was same old, same old for Burgess: crisp passing, fast hands; nothing you haven't heard us talk about before when it comes to this man. He maybe didn't have as big of an impact around the ruck as he's had in past games, but his tries made up for that -- including one where he burst his way through four or five tacklers from the Reds to stretch an arm out over the line. One more game like that, and he'll be on top of the tally.

Honourable mentions:

I almost had Caydern Neville collecting a few votes for his performance. He was great in the first half, making some outstanding tackles and being a key factor in some of the Rebels tries, but we thought Leafa had a more consistent game through the 80 minutes than Neville. Still, to be keeping Hugh Pyle out of the starting fifteen is something to be very proud of. Tom Kingston also had a very good game in the absence of Male Sau, and was at the end of some beautiful build up player for one of the teams tries.

The Rebel Rant Medal - 2014 Overall Leaderboard
12 - Scott Higginbotham
11 - Luke Burgess
10 - Bryce Hegarty
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
2 - Pat Leafa
2 - Tom English
1 - Laurie Weeks
1 - Telusa Veainu
1 - Sean McMahon

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