Melbourne’s Reece Hodge concedes their horror Super Rugby season capitulation could cost the Rebels players Wallabies’ Rugby World Cup spots. Followers of Rugby can book Rugby World Cup Tickets online.
The Rebels lost seven of their last nine matches, blowing the final round clash with the Chiefs 59-8 which cost them a maiden finals appearance. In the penultimate round, Rebels also had a shocker losing 66-0 to the Crusaders.
It was in stark difference to flying start unbeaten in the opening 4 rounds with well over a dozen players looking in contention for a Test call up.
Now the only players who could feel confident are halfback Will Genia, five, eighth Matt Toomua, utility backs Hodge and Dane Haylett-Petty, winger Marika Koroibete and lock Adam Coleman.
Those who are nervous that’s why to include Jack Maddocks, Billy Meakes, Luke Jones, Matt Philip, Isi Naisairani, Quade Cooper, Richard Hardwick, Jordan Uelese and Jermaine Ainsley.
I know myself I’ve been horrible the last couple of weeks the 24-year old said. I’m soiled about it and if it costs in my spot then I have to live with that.
We come here to win for the Rebels in Rugby World Cup and if selections happen down the track then that’s the coach’s prerogative.
Although Melbourne coach Dave Wessels said the team was soft Hodge described them as inconsistent and was baffled about their mid to late season slide.
“I don’t think there has been one player in our squad who has been consistently at their best every game if one or two or three guys are off every week then that going to cost the team.”
While 7 win their best ever result from the nine seasons they carried much more hope this year given the depth of talent at Wessel’s disposal.
“Inconsistency in our last 2 seasons is pretty apparent and we haven’t deserved to make the finals either season as we couldn’t finish the season strongly.”
“The review process starts straight away on Monday and next year we have got to be better and have a more complete season rather than just starting well.”
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