The Melbourne Rebels failed to reach the Super Rugby playoffs following back-to-back disappointing results against New Zealand opposition.
The Rebels had a chance to reach the playoffs despite going down 66-0 to the Crusaders last weekend but they were unable to contain the Chiefs who were lead by captain fantastic Sam Cane.
Sam Cane v the Rebels 📊
⏰ - 68 minutes
💪 - 7 carries
🏃♂️ - 14 metres
🔥 - 2 offloads
👊 - 16 tackles
❌ - 0 tackles missed
🏉 - 1 try
Hard to believe he broke his neck last October 🤯 #REBvCHI pic.twitter.com/YIE98orlCJ
— Ultimate Rugby (@ultimaterugby) June 14, 2019
The Chiefs were boosted by the return of All Black lock Brodie Retallick who threw everything at it on his return while Shaun Stevenson ran in a hattrick of tries.
The Chiefs controlled proceedings from start to finish and they eventually ran in nine tries to the Rebels’ one.
The win for the Chiefs sees them claim a playoff spot in this season's competition.
Shaun Stevenson led the way with a fantastic hat-trick while their other five-pointers came from Sam Cane, Lachlan Boshier, Sean Wainui, Anton Lienert-Brown, Marty McKenzie and former Rebel Debreczeni who also added six conversions.
The one highlight of the game for the Rebels was Matt Phillip's stellar solo try.