Rebels push Saders close

The Melbourne Rebels went down 19-14 to the Crusaders in a Super Rugby warm-up match played on Saturday.

Stirling Mortlock had a hand in both of the Rebels’ tries, and the new Australian franchise led the much-fancied Crusaders at half-time. But the Saders hit back thanks to an Adam Whitelock brace and eventually clinched a tight contest. Over 13 000 people watched the game at AAMI Park.

The bad news for the Crusaders is that All Blacks fullback Israel Dagg left the field in the first half with a leg injury. The details on his availability will be made public soon.