The record 59-8 home thrashing by the Waikato Chiefs was 'deja vu' for the Rebels' small but loyal fan-base, who were led to believe that this year would be different. A year ago they watched as their team collapsed against the Otago Highlanders, having held a 12-point lead in the final 20 minutes and their playoffs hopes in their hands. In a neat piece of irony, Chiefs flyhalf Jack Debreczeni, the man Cooper replaced at the Rebels, scored a try in a performance of poise and control. He will go on to his first playoffs after five inconsistent years at the Victorian side. With the future of Cooper and Genia uncertain, fine-tuning is unlikely to deliver the Rebels success and Wessels may hope to recruit more steel than style.
Source: The Star June 15, 2019 07:07 UTC