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Rebels eager to finish season on a high after 'tough' Chiefs defeat

Tue, 17/05/2022, 6:14 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Rebels hosted to the Chiefs in the final game of the round 13.

Rebels lock Josh Hill believes they can take plenty of confidence out of last week's narrow defeat as they eye off an unlikely finals spot.

The hosts found themselves in the lead with just seconds remaining before a try to replacement prop Ollie Norris ensured the Chiefs escaped with the 33-30 victory.

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The performance was a stark contrast to their thumping defeat to the Blues, with Hill proud of their ability to bounce back in front of their home fans.

“It was a tough feeling for the team because we’ve come such a long way in a week,” Hill told reporters.

“We had a really tough game (against the Blues), got ourselves right into the end of that game. It was tough but was sort of a positive with how we turned it around.

“We got great confidence from that game. Our systems are working and very close to taking down those top four teams. We just carry on doing what we’re doing and look to finish strong.”

Hill has relished the chance to learn from the likes of Matt Philip and Rob Leota, having joined the squad at the start of the year.

“It’s been awesome, it’s been such great exposure,” Hill admits.

“They’re all good dudes, very inviting as soon as I got here and I’ve just taken little things from them to take into my game.

“A big one for me has been the consistency. Week-in-week-out it’s a high-level game Super Rugby and you just have to live up to that level every time.”

With just two weeks remaining, Hill and the Rebels still had their eyes on a finals spot, needing to beat the Hurricanes and the Waratahs to defeat the Highlanders to set up a 'winner's take all' situation for eighth spot to finish the regular season.

“The camp here is full of belief,” he added.

“We’ve got two games to really finish strong and to be in that top eight.”