No Genia, no worries for Rebels: Hodge


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    Melbourne Rebels are out to prove they’re far from a one-trick pony when they take on the Bulls in Pretoria without star halfback Will Genia.

    The Rebels held a commanding lead over the Jaguares in their Super Rugby match last week with the Test No.9 setting up their two tries.

    But they fell away when Genia left the field with the hamstring injury which has kept him from their South African tour.

    Rebels and Wallabies utility back Reece Hodge, who missed the Jaguares’ loss with a hamstring injury, said it would be a big confidence boost for the team to prove they could win without Genia.

    Michael Ruru will start at halfback while Australia under 20s halfback Harrison Goddard, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Rebels last season, will be on the bench.

    “I think it’s important for the confidence of not only the rest of the team but also Mikey and Harrison,” Hodge said.

    “We have full confidence that both of them can do that and it’s up to us to put the structures around them so they can excel on the field.

    “There’s no hiding that not having Will is a loss.”

    The Bulls had a slow start to the season but bounced back with a win over the Stormers, who the Rebels face in Cape Town next week, and a 40-10 demolition job on the Sharks.

    Fullback Warrick Gelant scored a hat-trick in that match to press his claims for Springboks selection.

    “He’s obviously an exciting player; we played them a couple of years ago and he was very dangerous then as well,” Hodge said.

    “He’s certainly going to provide a threat for us, along with (Jesse) Kriel at outside centre but, in saying that, we’ve got some pretty dangerous outside backs as well, so it’s going to be an exciting match-up.”

    Hodge likened the Bulls’ adventurous game under coach John Mitchell to that of the Sunwolves, who they beat in round two.

    “We’ve had a dress rehearsal in how we want to go about containing them and hopefully we can,” he said.

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • April 19th 2018 @ 1:07am
      Malo said | April 19th 2018 @ 1:07am | ! Report

      Your dreaming

    • April 19th 2018 @ 4:45am
      Cuw said | April 19th 2018 @ 4:45am | ! Report

      tough words – now u got to walk the talk .

      bulls to nip this one.

    • Roar Rookie

      April 19th 2018 @ 9:40am
      DRRU said | April 19th 2018 @ 9:40am | ! Report

      At the game on Saturday it was quite obvious that the minute Willy G left the field the Rebels became a Rabble….. When decisions were to be made opinions were flying thick & fast (looked like some bickering too).

      Coleman may be captain in the team sheet but Genia leads this team. Without Genia & Hodge there is no decision maker.

      It was so frustrating to see it unfold in front of me.

    • Roar Guru

      April 19th 2018 @ 11:05am
      John R said | April 19th 2018 @ 11:05am | ! Report

      I wonder if this Tayler Adams bloke will get a look in at ten anytime this season.

    • April 19th 2018 @ 11:05am
      Lara said | April 19th 2018 @ 11:05am | ! Report

      At the moment , no Genia ,no Rebels, simple as that.

      • Roar Guru

        April 19th 2018 @ 3:12pm
        pformagg said | April 19th 2018 @ 3:12pm | ! Report

        no Genia, no Wallabies. Sad, but true.

    • April 20th 2018 @ 4:55pm
      Malo said | April 20th 2018 @ 4:55pm | ! Report

      Where are our halfbacks. Why in an overpriced market are their no props, no halfbacks and no no. 8s . Wtf is going on .

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