Melbourne Rebels

Prop Paul Alo-Emile ready to inspire Rebels

Keen: Paul Alo-Emile likes getting out on the field.

Roy Ward 7:36 PM   The Rebels will need a big game from their props as the Brumbies come to town.

Brumbies out to end road woes

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore is ready for battle against Melbourne.

Chris Dutton 2:45 PM   The ACT Brumbies have scrapped their last training session of the week in a bid to start fresh on the road and end their travelling woes with a drought-breaking win in Melbourne on Saturday night.

Rebels v Brumbies

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)

Rebels' defensive intensity key to beating Brumbies

New recruit:  Dom Shipperley.

Roy Ward   Defending with vigour and attacking with flair will be the keys for the Melbourne Rebels as they attempt to beat the ACT Brumbies at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Tahs bring the brutality to get back on track

The Beale-breaker: Kurtley Beale goes for the clinching try late on against the Rebels.

Georgina Robinson   Waratahs fans can breathe easy: the magic did not evaporate over the summer.

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Rebels coach says team treated unfairly by referee

Jack Debreczeni of the Rebels attempts to convert a penalty.

Roy Ward   Rebels coach fumes at referees but also sees harsh lessons for his team.

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Cheika praises show of character from Tahs

Dictating play: Bernard Foley.

Georgina Robinson   Michael Cheika has praised his side's character after the Waratahs rallied from being a man down to close out a relentless battle with the Melbourne Rebels and snatch a four-try bonus point in Melbourne on Friday.

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Rebels rising? The signs are certainly there

Jack Debreczeni of the Rebels passes as he is tackled by Bernard Foley of the Waratahs.

Michael Lynch   It was brisk, bruising and bursting with brio. As it should have been at this early stage of the season, when hope springs eternal and all seems possible.

Rebels fall to Waratahs in final minutes

Full steam: Scott Higginbotham makes a run against the Waratahs.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels lost 38-28 to NSW Waratahs at AAMI Park on Friday night.

Rebels keen not to buckle before Waratahs might

The man: Luke Burgess will start at No.9 for the Rebels.

Roy Ward   The Melbourne Rebels have the chance to open the Super Rugby season with two straight wins over last season's grand finalists - but in their way are reigning champs NSW Waratahs.

Melbourne Rebels v NSW Waratahs

AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Tahs promise to deliver 'a real performance'

Georgina Robinson   Friday night is a test of the Waratahs' maturity. Do they judge themselves as champions and perform accordingly or has the "we've done nothing" narrative gone a little too quickly to their heads?

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Rebels sign Timani for two more seasons

Lopeti Timani (top left) has re-signed with the Rebels.

Roy Ward   Rising star forward Lopeti Timani inks extension until end of 2017.

Super Rugby upsets point to most even competition ever

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 15:  Waratahs coach Michael Cheika watches on during warm-up before the round one Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Force at Allianz Stadium on February 15, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Georgina Robinson   It has been nine years since both the Super Rugby champions and runners up have so conspicuously lost their mojo in the first-round of the next season. 

Rebels' halfback Nic Stirzaker suspended

Nic Stirzaker.

Roy Ward   The Melbourne Rebels playmaker Nic Stirzaker will miss the NSW Waratahs visit after being suspended for stomping.

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Rebels players face stamping charges

Friends againL Richie McCaw (L) of the Crusaders talks with Scott Higginbotham after the match.

Two Melbourne Rebels players have been cited for stamping following their 20-10 upset of the Crusaders in the first game of the Super Rugby season.

Rebels get first away win over Crusaders

Robbie Fruean of the Crusaders is tackled by Mike Harris of the Rebels.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels opened their season perfectly with a 20-10 win over the Crusaders in Christchurch on Friday night.

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Rebels team old with new for Super Rugby opener

Wallaby Mike Harris has been called up for the Melbourne Rebels match against the Crusaders.

Roy Ward   No surprises as Wallabies recruits Mike Harris and Dom Shipperley headline Melbourne Rebels' starting 23 for Super Rugby season opener.

Melbourne Rebels look to make history in opening Super Rugby game

On a high: The Rebels, training at Visy Park this week, are upbeat about their chances.

Roy Ward   Melbourne Rebels want to score their first overseas win during a round one visit to Christchurch to take on the Crusaders on Friday night.

Melbourne Rebels name Higginbotham and Fuglistaller as co-captains

Co-captain: Scott Fuglistaller.

Roy Ward   Scott Higginbotham will have help with the Melbourne Rebels' captaincy in 2015 as Scott Fuglistaller joins him in the role.