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Rebels finish with double loss in South Africa

  • Rebels finish with double loss in South Africa

The Melbourne Rebels have ended season 2014 on a low note, succumbing to two losses on their tour to South Africa to finish on the bottom of the overall Super Rugby ladder.

A 34-17 loss to the Lions was the first loss of the tour, conceding three tries to two in the match, despite being quite even or ahead in total metres, carries and defenders beaten.

Colby Fainga'a and Tom English were the two try scorers for the Rebels, with English accumulating 117 metres for the night (the most for anyone on the field) from 10 carries (the most for Melbourne's backs).

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Anthonie Volmink scored the opening try for the Lions in the first minute, yet again exposing the Rebels for the ability to concede early in the match. The Rebels tried either side of halftime to still be in the contest.

Warwick Tecklenburg scored in the 57th minute before Warren Whiteley scored late to confirm the victory for the South African side.

In the second game, the Rebels suffered one of their worst losses of the season when they were demolished 40-7 at the hands of the Bulls.

A try to young flyer Jack Debreczeni in the first half kept the Rebels hopeful, but four tries conceded in the second half soon crushed those hopes.

A double to Paul Willemse, one to Francois Hougaard and one to substitute Dean Greyling sealed the deal for the Bulls.

Telusa Veainu led the carries count for Melbourne with 14, while also topping the metreage at 84.

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