Melbourne Rebels
  • Super Rugby Statistics After Week 3

    Defence patterns in Super Rugby this year are more aggressive than in 2010, putting more pressure on attackers.  As...

  • The Tron Rebellion: Chiefs v. Rebels Preview

    After making team changes galore following their first game of the season, the Rebels have named the same run-on XV they used against the Brumbies last weekend. Coach Rod Macqueen has rewarded his players, deservedly, for their ability to stick to a game plan devised to provide the team’s first Super win....

  • Round 3 Ultimate Preview

    This is the Super Rugby Ultimate Preview, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know for those all-important tips or fantasy transfers. As always the Brown Hornet is on board, providing his well thought-out tips for each fixture. Friday 4th March Crusaders v. Waratahs @ Trafalgar Park, Nelson, 5:35pm EDST Crusaders:...

  • Super Rugby Statistics After Round 2

    After two rounds of Super Rugby let’s have a look at some of the statistics to see...

  • Super Rugby Round Two Review

    Round Two of Super Rugby, 2011-style, saw two more local derbies for the Aussie teams. The first was an emotional last-minute win by the Rebels over the Brumbies, while the second was a clinical takedown of the Reds by the increasingly impressive Waratahs. So, on to the whos, whats and whys of...

  • No Country for Old Men

    Most Super Rugby teams have one. In the case of the Melbourne Rebels well, they’ve got heaps. Yeah, it’s the veteran class. We’re talking middle age here like 33+. Tana Umaga is the oldest stager in Super Rugby at 37. Crikey, how does his body cope? But this is not that unusual...

  • Resurgent Rebels repel bumbling Brumbies

    In an historic night for rugby in Melbourne, the Rebels have pulled off a shock by defeating the Brumbies 25-24. Rebels flyhalf Danny Cipriani was outstanding in the win and led his team around the field with an inspired performance. It was the second time this week he stole something, but this...

  • Round 2 Ultimate Preview

    This is the Super Rugby Ultimate Preview, your one-stop shop for everything you need to know for those all-important tips and fantasy transfers. The Brown Hornet is along for the ride, providing his well thought-out tips for each fixture.  Friday 25th February, 2011  Highlanders vs. Chiefs @ Carisbrook Stadium, Dunedin, 5:35pm EDST ...

  • Ahh, let’s try that again. Rebels v Brumbies Preview.

    When you sit down to try to come up with a list of positives for the Rebels to take forward to this week’s game, following the loss to the Waratahs on Friday night there’s really only one standout. They aint playing the Tahs again! So early in the season it is difficult...

  • 10 Things We Learned From Round 1

    The opening round threw up plenty of talking points, as scratchy rugby dominated with only a few moments of brilliance. It’s time to look at what we have learned from the weekend: 1. It is going to be tight for finals spots. The Blues, Crusaders and Waratahs were easily the best looking...

  • Super Rugby Round One Review

    Australian Rugby kicked off the new Super Rugby tournament with a clean sweep! Well, kind of. Actually not really. But the season’s begun and there was plenty to love about the first round. Firstly, those Waratahs. As I said in my post match report, they were pretty awesome. At the same time...

  • G&GR Whiteboard – Rebels v Waratahs

    There’s plenty for the Rebels to work on this week to prepare for the Brumbies but for...

  • Dwyer’s View: Super Rugby Kicks Off Down South

    Three days & nights of Super Rugby, in the middle of a southern hemisphere summer! That’s hard work, but that’s what we’ve just seen. The standard varied from match to match; sometimes from half to half. Generally though, all games were marked by huge commitment and physicality. I had thought, throughout the...

  • Rebels v. Waratahs – All the Tries

    As we ride the buzz of the Waratahs’ great opening to the season, we thought you might like to see this. All the tries, with bonus stink. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPhiq2lFrrI

  • Welcome to first grade son. Tahs v Rebels Match Review.

    The Melbourne Rabble, sorry Rebels, have started their season in the worst way possible – a 43-0...

  • GAGR Podcast 7: More tape to Canberra

    Considering there hasn’t been any rugby (of note) since December, we still managed to fill this sucker!...

  • How to re-brand the Tahs

    On G&GR over the past weeks, we’ve had a stack of stimulating discussion about Australian rugby advertising. But to me, advertising is just the window dressing, what we really need to discuss are the brands. At the core of any brand is the product itself, which punters connect with through a story....

  • Match Preview: Rebels v Waratahs. Finally!

    Super Rugby makes its much anticipated leap into the self-proclaimed ‘sporting capital of Australia’ this Friday night...

  • LA NINA AND THE SUPER COMP

    The new Super format and how it will play out for teams in all three countries is one of the real unknowns this year.  There are just so many scenarios.  One possibility is that one team in one country is really dominant (eg. the Crusaders).  If it wins all its local games,...

  • Exclusive: Aussie Rugby’s Remarkable Numbers

    The silverware cabinets might be as empty as a politician’s promise, but there are some numbers floating...