Send us your Two Oceans pics!

Will you be taking part in the Two Oceans Marathon? If so, send your pics to - and we'll include you in our gallery!


    Rebels pack ready for Sharks

    2011-03-08 13:09
    Post a comment

    Melbourne - Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen has demanded more aggression from his forwards as the stuttering Vodacom Super Rugby newcomers prepare for a bruising test against competition-leaders, the Sharks.

    Having clinched a last-gasp one-point victory over the Brumbies in Melbourne in round two, the Rebels were brought back to earth by the Chiefs on Saturday as their set-pieces crumbled on the way to a resounding 28-point defeat.

    "(The Sharks) would probably be number one as far as aggression is concerned so we're going to see a very physical game, we've got to try and match them, that's got to be our role out there," Macqueen, who coached Australia to World Cup glory in 1999, told reporters in Melbourne on Tuesday.

    "I think we've got a big enough pack, they've been doing a lot of strength work over the time. I really don't think we've been outmuscled as such, it's got more to do with our understanding of the set pieces.

    "Probably the scrum's been more technique than weight... We've had some very good scrums but we've also let ourselves down at crucial times."

    The Rebels have two thumping losses from their first three matches in the southern hemisphere provincial competition, and despite being competitive for periods in each game, have managed to score only two tries.

    While the team had struggling with their finishing, Macqueen said his backs were not getting enough time to mount raids on the try-line.

    "Right now, working on our combinations is going to be very important," he said.

    "And I think it's going to be up to the forwards to play well and give the backs a bit of room, and give players like (scrumhalves Nick) Phipps and (Richard) Kingi opportunities."

    After a 43-0 drubbing to the Waratahs in front of 25 000 spectators at Melbourne's AAMI Park, about 10 000 less turned up to watch the Rebels' narrow win over the Canberra-based Brumbies.

    The Rebels are competing in a sports market crowded with nine local teams from indigenous football code Australian Rules, plus two top-flight soccer teams and a rugby league side.

    Macqueen said local fans had been "amazing" in their support and should enjoy a tough game against the Durban-based Sharks, who dismantled Western Force on Saturday for their third straight win.

    "They're probably one of the more feared teams in Super rugby, I've personally got a lot of time for them," Macqueen said.

    "And certainly they're a great benchmark for as a team that's going to pressure us as far as the basics are concerned."

    Read More On:  super 15

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk


    25 April 2014
    • Blues v Waratahs, Auckland 07:35
    • Brumbies v Chiefs, Canberra 09:40
    • Sharks v Highlanders, Durban 19:10
    26 April 2014
    • Hurricanes v Reds, Wellington 09:35
    • Western Force v Bulls, Perth 11:40
    • Cheetahs v Stormers, Bloemfontein 17:05
    02 May 2014
    • Blues v Reds, Auckland 09:35
    • Melbourne Rebels v Sharks, Melbourne 11:40


    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts


    “The Sharks as SA’s lone playoffs side for the first time in Super Rugby’s conference format is a fair possibility, warns Rob Houwing.”

    Opinion Poll

    While the Sharks look like sure winners of the SA Super Rugby Conference, the "battle" for the wooden spoon could well develop into a four-team race. Who eventually props up the table?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.