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Rebels score early double, then get splattered by brutal Blues




Melbourne have been given an attacking lesson by the Tremendous Rugby Pacific front-running Blues, who delivered a 71-28 thrashing in Auckland.

The Blues scored seven tries within the first half on Friday night time to race to an unassailable 47-14 lead, with All Blacks back-rower Akira Ioane terrorising the Rebels to bag a double.

And so they did it with out star All Blacks playmaker Beauden Barrett, who was rested, with teen Stephen Perofeta at 10.

Whereas the Blues went into the match on prime of the ladder with only one loss, the Rebels had been in eighth place with their eye on the finals.

However that seems lifeless within the water with the scoreline probably placing a serious dent of their factors differential.

The 11-try tally simply fell wanting the Blues’ file of 74 factors, set again in 1998.

Melbourne couldn’t have gotten off to a greater begin, with prop Pone Fa’amausili barging over for a second-minute attempt after a Blues lineout went awry.

And so they made it 14-0 by the fifth minute when a move by Blues halfback Finlay Christie after one other lineout was intercepted by younger Rebels lock Josh Canham.

However the remainder of the half was one-way site visitors because the Blues despatched wave after wave of assault on the Rebels, making straightforward metres over the benefit line.

Ioane scored his two tries inside six minutes with the primary coming after fellow All Black Hoskins Sotutu despatched an extended ball out to his flanker.

Christie, lock James Tucker, Sotutu and Ioane’s youthful brother Rieko all crossed earlier than Mark Telea capped the beautiful half.

The winger pulled off a spectacular dive to plant the ball within the nook with superboot Perofeta lacking only one conversion within the half. 

The Rebels misplaced Wallabies winger Andrew Kellaway early within the half nevertheless it was unclear if it was resulting from harm.

Rieko Ioane matched his brother along with his second attempt within the 51st minute after which went one higher, finishing his hat-trick within the 63rd minute for a 66-14 scoreline.

Melbourne crossed for 2 comfort tries via flanker Brad Wilkin and fullback Reece Hodge nevertheless it was nonetheless a recreation they’d reasonably overlook.

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