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Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 15

  • Rebel Rant Medal: Rnd 15

There wasn't too much to gloat about for the Rebels after the weekends 41-19 loss to the Waratahs at home. In a rather poor performance --- the first very underwhelming display we've seen since the start of the season -- it's going to be back to the drawing board for McGahan's men in training this week. Here were the shining lights.

1 vote: Tom English
He was a late swap to outside centre when Tamati Ellison pulled out of the lineup right before kickoff. English has been one of our best players this season across the backline and he showed his versatility this week by converting his style of play to a more defensive one and walked away with the most tackles from our backs.

2 votes: Telusa Veainu
Maybe a bit lucky to get two votes when Jason Woodward also had a decent game, but perhaps it was his try that got him over the line (no pun intended). It must be said, the try was a good one, if not opportunistic as well. To still have the awareness at that stage in the game when the Rebels were being well-beaten to swoop on the loose ball like that and run the length of the field to get his team back in the contest is a credit to him. Initially starting on the bench, he was a late inclusion to the starting fifteen and began in the no.14 jersey, and actually played a decent game. 7 carries, a game high total of 108 running metres, and 1 try are decent stats to come away with from the night.

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3 votes: Ben Meehan
The third choice scrumhalf in the Melbourne Rebels squad stepped up in the absence of Luke Burgess and Nic Stirzaker. Wanting to make a good impression in his starting fifteen debut, he was the only consistent player through the match. He got to the ball quickly, knew when and how to use the boot, and set up some decent passes, the 21 year-old showed us why the Rebels are so good at uncovering young prospects.

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
3 - Ben Meehan
3 - Telusa Veainu
3 - Tom English
2 - Scott Fuglistaller
2 - Mitch Inman
2 - Shota Horie
2 - Pat Leafa
1 - Laurie Weeks
1 - Sean McMahon

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