This week Reece Hodge recalls his favourite victory in Melbourne colours as part of our Massey Ferguson Rebels Recall series.
The most memorable victory so far in my Super Rugby career was our 27-24-win vs the Brumbies in Canberra back in 2018.
We’d just lost four or five matches in a row after starting the year so well and really needed to get some momentum back into our season.
I think after scoring first through Engo (Tom English) we fell 21-5 behind in the first half and then were down 24-10 after about 60 minutes.
We managed to wrestle some momentum back with a couple of converted tries and then kicked a late penalty goal to win 27-24. One of the great comeback victories for the club!
What do you remember about the build-up to the game?
There was a lot of pressure on us at that point as we’d led the comp after 6 rounds and then fallen off dramatically since. We needed a win to stay in the hunt for finals.
What was the turning point in the game?
I think the turning point was when we successfully defended our goal line for about a 5-10-minute period in the early stages of the second half.
From there, we made a long line break and then Maddog (Jack Maddocks) and Semisi (Tupou) scored back to back tries to bring the scores back level.
Who was your man of the match?
From memory, our forward pack really muscled up in that second half and I think Boppa (Anaru) & Colby were two of our best in defence.
There were some crunching hits in there that really won us back some momentum, so it’d have to be out of those two guys.
How did you celebrate the win?
It was one of those changerooms that you’d love to be in every week after our comeback win. Smiles and laughs everywhere and lots of relief on faces.
We had a bye the following week and then managed to beat the Sunwolves and Blues back to back so it was a really crucial win in our season, and we celebrated it pretty hard!