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Reds grind out win over unfancied Rebels

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REDS 11 REBELS 6

Brought down ... James O'Connor of the Rebels.

Brought down ... James O'Connor of the Rebels. Photo: Getty Images

The Melbourne Rebels produced the best defensive performance of their short history but still couldn't topple the Queensland Reds in a torrid Super Rugby dogfight on Saturday night.

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The competition's 2011 wooden-spooners delivered a major fright to the defending champions before the Reds wriggled free with an 11-6 victory.

Van Humphries of the Reds hits the Rebels defensive line. Click for more photos

Reds hold out against Rebels

Reigning Super Rugby champions, the Reds, given a fright by wooden-spoon favourites, the Rebels. Photo: Getty Images

  • Van Humphries of the Reds hits the Rebels defensive line.
  • Kurtley Beale of the Rebels catches a loose ball.
  • Will Genia of the Reds passes the ball.
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