The Melbourne Rebels have had quite the up and down season in this year’s Super Rugby, but when you look at it, it’s the best one they’ve had so far.
The Rebels had a phenomenal start to the year, winning four of their first five games and taking the points lead early.
However, five straight losses dropped them from first to tenth in the standings, and put them at risk of finishing the season with yet another losing record.
They have bounced back recently, winning three straight games, but suffered another loss to the Queensland Reds, putting them at 7-7 where they stand.
The Reds topped the Rebels 37-23 at Suncorp Stadium, sending the playoff hopeful Rebels into a tailspin.
Despite the loss, Rebels centre Reece Hodge had a noteworthy moment in the match, involving a ball that couldn’t seem to sit still.
It was a long range penalty goal attempt, and Hodge had a chance to put three on the board for his club, but then frustration set in.
As Hodge was lining up to send the ball through the goal, it fell off the tee. He set it back up, went back for a second try, only for the ball to fall off again.
Hodge then did what all good centres would do, and that is take matters into his own hands, literally.
He took the ball, tossed it up a bit, and launched it through the goal to secure the Rebels three more points.
This contributed to Hodge being the top scorer for the Rebels, as he put up 13 of the 23 points the club had for the match.
Hodge and the Rebels have a high stakes game next week against the Highlanders from the intensely competitive New Zealand conference, who themselves have high hopes for the playoffs.
Will the Rebels finish with a winning season for the first time ever? Will Reece Hodge have another round of tee frustration? We shall see when they do battle with the Highlanders on July 14.
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