Rebels ready to take opportunity to become greatest ever side

Wed, May 15, 2024, 5:11 AM
by AAP and Nathan Williamson
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Rebels winger Lachlan Anderson understands the magnitude of the final three weeks as they look to leave a legacy in Melbourne.

They sit sixth on the table heading into a clash with the Chiefs on Friday, coming off a tough defeat to the Queensland Reds in which the Reds scored three tries with the winger in the sin bin.

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"I think within these four walls in Melbourne we're full of confidence," Anderson said.

"I think we've shown a lot of growth from where we were in round one and you look at the performance last week, there's huge growth.

"We're looking at areas to tidy up from last week and we want to be able to ice those games and there was a few key moments that were the difference. It's huge confidence for us coming into this week against the Chiefs, we're playing some good footy.:

Following this, they have away matches against the Brumbies (2nd) and Fijian Drua (8th) to come.

They head into the clash with the fourth-placed Chiefs on the back of three losses, most recently losing a tight battle with Queensland.

The Chiefs have won their last three matches and are desperate for another crack at the title after losing the grand final last year to the Crusaders.

Anderson said the team spoke regularly about leaving a legacy as the most successful Rebels team in the club's history, with no side ever making the finals. 

"It's important  - we as players want to write history here, we want to leave a legacy behind and leave the place in a better position than when we started," said the 26-year-old.

"We have the opportunity to play finals footy, which no Rebels team have ever done, so that's what our target is.

"We speak about it a lot, it's definitely a goal of ours."

In the background is the prospect Friday could be the final home game for the Rebels amid an uncertain future.

"It probably is the elephant in the room - the uncertainty, we're dealing with things that no other Super Rugby club is at the moment," he said.

"We've dealt with it for 13 weeks now and it's no different this week. 

"You're not short of motivation; we realise the opportunity to play at home is massive for us, and we understand what a win would do for us and the program.

"Everyone would like to know (about the future) but I think the staff and players are doing an incredible job of focusing on the rugby and it probably gives us good relief from the external stuff."

The Rebels are boosted by the return of Brad Wilkin from a hamstring injury, whilst Jake Strachan fills in at the back for Andrew Kellaway

REBELS (1-15): Isaac Kailea, Jordan Uelese, Sam Talakai (c), Tuaina Taii Tualima, Josh Canham, Josh Kemeny, Brad Wilkin, Vaiolini Ekuasi, Ryan Louwrens, Carter Gordon, Darby Lancaster, Nick Jooste, Filipo Daugunu, Lachie Anderson, Jake Strachan

RESERVES: Ethan Dobbins, Matt Gibbon, Pone Fa'amausili, Angelo Smith, Maciu Nabolakasi, Rob Leota, Jack Maunder, Glen Vaihu

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