REDS 11 REBELS 6
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.
The competition's 2011 wooden-spooners delivered a major fright to the defending champions before the Reds wriggled free with an 11-6 victory.
Reds hold out against Rebels
Reigning Super Rugby champions, the Reds, given a fright by wooden-spoon favourites, the Rebels. Photo: Getty Images