Rebels outclass Fleet
Article Published: Saturday 1 September 2007
Edited by: Sports Digital Media
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The Melbourne Rebels scored six tries when they outclassed the visiting Sydney Fleet 39-20 in their Australian Rugby Championships (ARC) clash at Olympic Park on Friday.
The Fleet drew first blood through an early Gavin Debartolo try, which was created by a 50 metre break from outside centre Morgan Turinui, who had an outstanding game.
Turinui also set up the Fleet's second try scored by Alfi Mafi, who made a welcome return to the team after being served with a two match ban in week one of the competition.
But it was the Rebels scrum-half Luke Burgess who really stole the show, crossing the line twice in his man-of-the-match performance. Team-mate James Lew also scored a brace running at outside-centre.
It's now the second defeat for the New South Wales (NSW) outfit, which shifts them to fourth on the ARC table, having been surpassed by the Rebels who moved into third position on the ARC table, after securing maximum points.
For Sydney Fleet:
Tries: Debartolo, Mafi, Houston
Cons: Gavin Debartolo 1
Pens: Daniel Halangahu 1
For Melbourne Rebels:
Tries: Burgess 2, Lew 2, Levaka, Murphy
Cons: Trist 3
Pens: Trist 1
Melbourne Rebels: 15 Damon Murphy, 14 Peter Playford, 13 James Lew, 12 Michael Hobbs, 11 Nathan Trist, 10 Daniel Kelly, 9 Luke Burgess, 8 David Haigh, 7 David Croft (captain), 6 David Dennis, 5 Richard Stanford, 4 Matt Cockbain, 3 Heamani Lavaka, 2 James Hanson, 1 Scott Cameron.
Replacements: 16 Nick Churven, 17 Josh Hately, 18 Liam Shaw, 19 David Haydon, 20 Filipe Manu, 21 Jon McGrath, 22 Peter Owens.
Sydney Fleet: 15 Gavin Debartolo, 14 Alfi Mafi, 13 Morgan Turinui, 12 Tom Azar, 11 Anton La Vin, 10 Daniel Halangahu, 9 Nathan Sievert, 8 Tim Davidson (captain), 7 Patrick McCutcheon, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Byrnes, 4 Will Caldwell, 3 Dayna Edwards, 2 Atonio Halangahu, 1 Sean Baker.
Replacements: 16 Daniel Lewinski, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Matt Whittleston, 19 Chris Houston, 20 Danny Kroll, 21 Andrew Barrett, 22 Arthur Little.
Referee: James Leckie
Touch judges: Paul McKay, Pat Rae
Assessor: Rick Watsford
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