The Melbourne Rebels were the last team to taste Super Rugby action in 2014, having had a bye last week, but they made quite an impact in a 35-14 defeat of the Cheetahs.
Stathi Paxinos, writing in The Age (via The Sydney Morning Herald), said:
All pre-season the Melbourne Rebels have been talking about how things would be different this season. The blights of the past - the miserable defence, the poor discipline on and off the field, the wobbly scrum and the lack of penetration at the breakdown, would all be fixed under the realm of new coach, captain and game plan. Just wait and see, they said.
On Friday night in their first game of the Super Rugby season, the Rebels showed they meant business when they produced possibly the most comprehensive game they have ever played
With former Munster coach Tony McGahan in charge, it would be a surprise if the Rebels didn’t become a more cohesive, abrasive unit.