Play-offs for Rebels still McGahan’s plan

Date published: May 16 2016

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Melbourne Rebels head coach Tony McGahan believes that his side has what it takes to get their play-off hopes back on track despite their 30-22 defeat against the Brumbies on Friday.

The Rebels currently sit seven points adrift of the Australian conference leaders, the Waratahs, and if the Melbourne based team are able to win their remaining five games they should be in with a good chance of booking themselves a knockout match.

“There’s still plenty of rugby to play, whether it’s in our control or not we’ll just wait and see. We’re just going to keep fighting, keep playing well and keep going for it,” McGahan told the Rebels' official website.

“We’re a tremendous group and we’ve come a long way, and to push the Brumbies with a pretty international pack and a couple of international backs (shows) we’re certainly on the right track.”

The Rebels should be able to return fresh to the playing field after the June international break as the majority of their players will not form part of the Wallaby squad to take on England.

“We’ve got two games pre-June and then there’s a (Wallabies) test series. Some sides are going to have ten, eleven, twelve players in it," added McGahan.

"We’ll probably have two or three possibly.

“There lies another position where injuries can happen and things can change dramatically and then (there are) three games to go.”

McGahan said his team will be hard at training this week in order to get themselves battle hardened for the clash with the Chiefs on Saturday.

“We’ll tidy up a few little areas and dust ourselves off and keep going," he explained.

“We’ll have a good week training and we’ll lay into (the Chiefs) and keep going forward.”

The Rebels play the Australasian conference leaders, the Chiefs, on Saturday before they face the Force, Stormers, Crusaders and Reds which will round off the group stage of their 2016 Super Rugby campaign. 

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