Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan believes that his team put in a lacklustre first half performance in their 36-15 loss to the Chiefs on Saturday which all but ended the contest in the game.
McGahan's men conceded four first-half tries which gave the Chiefs a healthy 26-3 lead at the break.
The visitors were, however, a different team in the second half, conceding only one try, and outscored the two-time champions by twelve points to ten.
"We needed to – we were embarrassing ourselves out there physically," McGahan told reporters.
"We were really put to the sword there in the first half. We came out and won the second half 12-10 but the game goes for 80 minutes, we went missing there in the first half."
The Rebels face the Force, Stormers, Crusaders and the Reds in their next four games which will be crucial to keep their play-off hopes alive.