Rebels getting desperate for first away victory

Melbourne Rebels flanker Scott Fuglistaller says that they are desperate to avoid being tagged as spoilers and upset merchants for the rest of the Super Rugby season.

The Rebels have been in Super Rugby since 2011 and although they have upset several teams at home in Melbourne they are still yet to win a match outside of Australia.

Their most recent away loss was a 22-16 loss to double Super Rugby champions the Chiefs in Hamilton which now leaves them last in the Australian Conference and 13th place overall.

The Rebels are however just six points behind the sixth place and there is still half of the Super Rugby season left to run.

The Rebels next seven matches are all in Australia with five in Melbourne starting with an in form Western Force.

“If we can get a win on the board then we can get the ball rolling in those Australian games,” Rebels flanker Scott Fuglistaller told AAP.

“Those local derbies are always really tight and it would be good for our future if we can get some of those tight wins.”

“From now on we’ve just got to keep winning, otherwise there’s going to be an unwanted tag of being a potential sort of upset (team).

“We don’t want that tag … We want to start winning some close battles and we did that in the pre-season at the start of the year.”

Fuglistaller has been encouraged by the Rebels form against New Zealand teams this season including their second half performance against the Chiefs in which they outscored the hosts 3-16.

The Rebels lost at home by six points to the Crusaders and then away in Dunedin to the Highlanders by three points.

The 22-16 loss to the Chiefs is the first time in eight matches played in New Zealand they have conceded fewer than 30 points.

“We’ve played three New Zealand teams and got three losing bonus points,” said Fuglistaller.

Fuglistaller says that the wait to get their first overseas victory is a painful one and the loss to the Chiefs stretches their record to 14 losses outside of Australia.

“It’s getting so frustrating, that elusive win offshore,” said Fuglistaller

“To keep an attacking side like the Chiefs that have scored 77 points in the last two weeks, to keep them to 22 points and only one try, is a reflection of how hard we’ve been working all through the week and a reflection of our coaching and how hard the players want to play for each other.

“But I’m not really sure why we just can’t get over that last (overseas) hurdle.”

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