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Rebels coach Hill praises his Stormers beaters

Rebels Head Coach Damien Hill is thrilled to have beaten the Stormers

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Article Published: Saturday 18 May 2013|

Rebels Head Coach Damien Hill has praised his players and said that they will take plenty of positives out of their 30-21 victory over the Stormers which ended a four match losing streak.

Following injuries to James O'Connor and Angus Roberts, and with Kurtley Beale unavailable for selection indefinitely, Bryce Hegarty was named in the starting lineup for the first time in his Super Rugby career.

After posting their first ever victory against a South African side, and their third win of the season, there was no mistaking the pleasure that Hill took from both the performance and the result.

"I am extremely pleased for the players, the supporters and the staff," Hill said.

"They have played exceptionally well over the last month and just barely lost; today, that extra ten minutes of composure led to a win. "

"The Stormers finished top of the ladder last year, so to knock them off tonight is a really fantastic effort by the whole organisation."

With ten players in the match day squad in either their first or second season of Super Rugby, Hill was proud of his young charges and believed that they showed a glimpse tonight of what Rebels' fans can expect in the years to come.

"For young Bryce Hegarty to step up and do what he did in his debut was fantastic," Hill said.

"Stirzy (Nic Stirzaker) had a solid game, Kimami Situati's first appearance off the bench added value - there's a lot of positives out of tonight."

"I'm exceptionally pleased with the way the young guys are coming through. "

"It takes a while to acclimatise to this level, and that's what they are doing. They're making every post a winner at the moment and that should bode them well for the future."

Rebel captain Higginbotham said that there wasn't much difference between tonight's performance, and that of the side during recent weeks.

"First half, those two tries that they scored was just off the back of two missed tackles."

"It was just a lapse in defence, but we stuck to our guns this week and we haven't dropped through these close losses - we kept pushing forwards, and we proved tonight that we can do it."

The Rebels face the Waratahs at AAMI Park next Friday.

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