Melbourne Rugby Union Fly-Half Paul McConnochie


Harlequin headed into this game on an eight match winning streak, however with the Unicorns’ desperate to win and remain in the top four a classic battle saw the home team come out just on top, with five tries to four. And reclaim the Bott-Bolton Cup.

‘Quins’ Head Coach Cliff Viliamu wasn’t too downcast despite the narrow defeat.

“With a number of key players out last week, it was a great opportunity for some new players to step up to first grade,” he said. “It was a game of hit and miss for us; some things worked well and some didn’t!

“Pom Simona’s performances have been outstanding the last couple of weeks, and his ability to lead from the front and his expertise around the field makes him a valuable player to the team.”

Melbourne 32

Tries: Hamish Connell, Meli Koliavu, Paul McConnichie, Albert Aiolupotea, Lucky Mulipola

Conversions: Tuafale Meni, Paul McConnichie

Penalties: Paul McConnichie

Harlequin 26

Tries: Pom Simona, Oliva Sialau (2), Justin Marsters

Conversions: Rian Olivier (3)

Source: Rebels Media Unit

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