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Rebels still without overseas win

13th April 2014 11:25


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Determined: Scott Fuglistaller

The Melbourne Rebels are desperate to be taken seriously, not labelled "spoilers" in this season's Super Rugby campaign.

After a 22-16 loss to the Chiefs this weekend, Tony McGahan's men find themselves in 13th place on the overall standings, and last in the Australian Conference.

But their next seven games are all on Australian turf, five of them coming within the sizeable confines of Melbourne's AAMI Park, beginning with a derby against the high-flying Force on Friday.

"If we can get a win on the board then we can get the ball rolling in those Australian games," Rebels flanker Scott Fuglistaller told Fairfax.

"Those local derbies are always really tight and it would be good for our future if we can get some of those tight wins.

"From now on we've just got to keep winning, otherwise there's going to be an unwanted tag of being a potential sort of upset [team].

"We don't want that tag ... We want to start winning some close battles and we did that in the pre-season at the start of the year."

The Rebels overcame a horror-show first half in Hamilton, trailing 19-0 at the break, to outscore the defending champions 16-3 in the second period.

Despite claiming three losing bonus points on the road in New Zealand this season, the franchise are still seeking their first win overseas, with this weekend's loss adding to a dreadful 0-14 record outwith Australia.

"We've played three New Zealand teams and got three losing bonus points," added Fuglistaller.

"It's getting so frustrating, that elusive win offshore.

"To keep an attacking side like the Chiefs that have scored 77 points in the last two weeks, to keep them to 22 points and only one try, is a reflection of how hard we've been working all through the week and a reflection of our coaching and how hard the players want to play for each other.

"But I'm not really sure why we just can't get over that last [overseas] hurdle."

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