While the Trans-Tasman competition may be in the final stages of its inaugural season, for Rebels’ fly-half, Carter Gordon, the remaining two games will provide the perfect opportunity to strengthen an impressive first season at The Stockade.
Gordon debuted for the Rebels in their final game of the Super Rugby AU season against the Waratahs, with the twenty-year-old coming in for the final 25 minutes of the match.
Since then, Gordon has played in every game for the Rebels, something which he says has been a great learning experience.
“I’ve really enjoyed it feel like I’m growing and getting more confident each game,” said Gordon.
“I’m just treating every game until the end of the season as a chance to learn.”
The Rebels have compiled a strong core of exciting, young talent, something which has been complemented by the presence of seasoned veterans such as Wallabies’ Matt To’omua, Reece Hodge, and Dane Haylett-Petty.
Gordon says he’s relished the time he’s been able to spend with some of his more experienced teammates and believes these day-to-day interactions have been a major contributor behind his strong start to his young Super Rugby career.
“It’s awesome having those older guys around the club, they’re always helping us younger boys and always making sure we’re on the right path,” he said.
“It’s even been great during the times that we’ve spent away from rugby, they’re all great guys and they’re eager to help out the younger generations coming through, which we’re all pretty grateful for.”
Hailing the Sunshine State, Carter and younger brother, Mason, made the bold move to leave the hometown comforts of Brisbane, and relocate to Melbourne in August last year.
Gordon credited his new teammates and the Rebels’ supportive culture, for making a potentially daunting relocation much easier than expected.
“I’ve really enjoyed the move down here, the boys have made it a really easy transition, and I’ve also had my brother move down with me so that’s been great to help me settle in,” said Gordon.
“I’m really liking Melbourne, and I’m looking forward to spending the next few seasons here.” With the 2021 season almost at its conclusion, Gordon still has plenty to play for as he looks to prove himself at the top level.
“I just want to keep playing good rugby, make sure I stay on top of things, keep working towards the big picture and it should help keep my form going into next season."
The Melbourne Rebels face the Chiefs in Round 4 of the Trans-Tasman Tournament. Tickets are now available through Ticketek or at the gate, with $20 tickets for adults, $10 for concession and free for kids. The match can be seen ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport, kicking off at 3 PM AEST.