Rebels v Brumbies: Five things we learnt

Sun, 18/04/2021, 06:30 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Brumbies celebrate victory during their round Nine Match with the Rebels. Photo: Getty Images

The Brumbies have managed to hold on for the 26-20 victory over the Rebels.

Whilst they raced out to an early lead, the Rebels refused to give up and nearly pulled off the victory, however, failed to find the try-line late as their finals aspirations are taken out of their control.

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Nathan Williamson looks at what we learnt.

1.An unstoppable force

It’s a question that’s been asked for the past 18 months – how do you stop the Brumbies at maul time?

The Rebels seemed to try everything in the first half, however, failed to find any answers as the visitors continued to build pressure.

It led to multiple yellow cards in the first 30 minutes, allowing the Brumbies to take a commanding lead into the break.

2.Bank on Brumbies back three

With Wallabies coach Dave Rennie admitting during the week that the fullback position is still up for grabs, Tom Banks continues to press his claim as the premier fullback in the country.

He opened the Rebels up early and looked dangerous in attack. However, he may face competition from Tom Wright if Rennie looks outside of the box to sort out the embarrassment of riches on the wing for the Wallabies.

With Koroibete also impressing in a losing effort, Wright continues to make it tough for selectors to overlook, ensuring his spot in the back three regardless of position.

3. Welcome back Campbell!

Whilst all the attention was on the return of Isi Naisarani, it was another returning star that stepped up for the Rebels in Campbell Magnay.

He seemed to unlock their attack, bursting through to set up Joe Powell, along with being rock solid in defence.

Whilst Lewis Holland provided some spark off the bench, the departure of Magnay was evident as the Rebels attack felt disjointed.

The Brumbies go through the hands for a sweet team try.

4.A match-turning falcon

You have to feel for Josh Kemeny.

After receiving a call-up for Wallabies camp, he looked to press his claims with a strong showing for the Rebels.

Unfortunately, all people will remember is the ball hitting his face at a time when Melbourne was dominant, allowing Kuenzle to cross for what would be the deciding try.

5.Bye comes at perfect time

The Brumbies need the bye after a string of tough performances.

That was their third straight game that came down to the wire and it seemed to show towards the end.

Whilst it was a good idea, the execution of Noah Lolesio’s drop goal attempt summed up their energy levels, allowing the Rebels back into the game when it was all but won.

They need a freshen up ahead of their Qualifying Final in two weeks time.

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