Rebels with a cause to get back-to-back wins
THE Melbourne Rebels will be chasing rare consecutive wins tonight when they tackle newcomers the Southern Kings.
The Kings also have plenty to play for - they want to ensure the newest Aussie franchise remains winless against South African opposition after 11 attempts.
In their debut season the Rebels were beaten by the Sharks and Stormers on Australian soil, and last year the Cheetahs and Bulls saw them off.
In the Republic, the Rebels have lost all six matches, including an embarrassing record-breaking 64-7 loss to the Sharks in Durban last month.
After drawing 28-all against the second-placed Brumbies in Canberra a week ago, Kings captain Andries Strauss (pictured) said he was looking to build on that performance.
"We know that if we play according to our ability and display the same defensive traits and character that got us the draw, we can get a positive result," he said.
"I'd like to think we can win it.
"This will be our first game this season where everyone expects us to win, so the pressure's on."