Melbourne Rebels centre Billy Meakes at Wallabies training.
Melbourne Rebels centre Billy Meakes at Wallabies training.

Waratahs loss cuts deep for Rebels

MELBOURNE Rebels centre Billy Meakes said he and his teammates took Sunday's loss to the NSW Waratahs pretty hard.

Leading 20-3 in the shadows of half-time, the Rebels were blown away by the rampant Waratahs after the break, going down 51-27 at Allianz Stadium, which ended the team's undefeated start to the season.

"It was pretty dark," Meakes said.

"I've been in a few losing changerooms and that was definitely one of the worst.

"(Coach) Dave (Wessels) and all of the players were pretty down after it, it was a disappointing result.

"We were looking to go four-from-four and continue that good run that we've had, but unfortunately we couldn't do that."

Meakes came off the bench midway through the first half after an injury to fullback Dane Haylett-Petty, which saw Reece Hodge shifted to No.15.

Taqele Naiyaravoro fends off a Rebels defender.
Taqele Naiyaravoro fends off a Rebels defender.

But Meakes said the disruption Haylett-Petty's injury caused was no excuse for the fadeout.

The Rebels must quickly lick their wounds as they back up against the Sharks from Durban at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Meakes said the short turnaround in the wake of a loss was a positive.

"Every week I think there's that competition for spots, it just so happens that we've been winning and it's obviously tough to change a winning formula," he said.

"Now there's some decisions to be made this week and we've got full confidence in the boys that haven't been playing that they're ready to step up."

Will Genia passes during the Rebels’ loss to NSW.
Will Genia passes during the Rebels’ loss to NSW.


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