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McGahan: Rebels were dominated in the set piece

Rebels' Head Coach Tony McGahan admitted that the fell short

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Article Published: Saturday 12 July 2014|

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Rebels' Head Coach Tony McGahan has praised the Bulls for the way that they took their opportunities in the Rebels 40-7 loss to the Bulls.

The Rebels closed the book on their 2014 Super Rugby season with a disappointing loss at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria, after trailing by just five points at the break.

Following a shock defeat to the Stormers last round, the Bulls edged ahead in a tight first half before blowing the visitors away in the second half by scoring four converted tries to nil.

"I thought our first half was fantastic; we attacked and defended really well but probably needed more on the scoreboard to show that at half time," said McGahan.

"In the second half we were dominated through the set piece and gave away field position with some penalties."

"That, coupled with some crucial turnovers, took momentum away from us but you have to give the Bulls credit.

"If you give them 90 metres of field position from back to back penalties, they will take advantage. We didn't make them work hard enough for their points, and they did just that."

There was no fairytale finish for Rebels stalwarts Hugh Pyle and Alex Rokobaro, who both started in their final appearances for the club.

The departing Jason Woodward was denied a final game in Pretoria after succumbing to a back injury, while fellow departing Rebels Eddie Aholelei, Lachlan Mitchell, Angus Roberts and Chris Thomson watched from Melbourne.

McGahan thanked the departing Rebels for their work at the Club, and wished them all the best for their futures.

"We are really thankful for Hugh, Alex and Jason's contribution over this tour and their whole time at the Club, and also to the other departing Rebels. "

"The players gave their all for all seven of them tonight, but it wasn't to be. It has been a tough last few weeks of Super Rugby action, and although the players have worked so hard to try and get a result we have fallen short here tonight."

 
 
 
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