THE Melbourne Rebels were brought crashing back to earth in brutal fashion on Saturday night with a shock 32-7 Super Rugby loss to the Western Force in Perth.
THE Queensland Reds won a high-scoring affair against the Cheetahs in Super Rugby action on Friday night while the Brumbies beat the Hurricanes in Wellington.
STAR Brumbies and Wallabies flanker David Pocock has been ruled out for the rest of the Super Rugby season with a recurrence of a knee injury.
IT IS not the end of the world, yet.
THE Brumbies to easily account for the Western Force while the NSW Waratahs again made a big Super Rugby statement with a big win over the Reds on Saturday.
THE Melbourne Rebels delivered on a pre-season of promise as they opened their Super Rugby season with a stunning 35-14 win over the Cheetahs.
WESTERN Force coach Michael Foley will back Matt Hodgson and Chris Alcock to both limit the influence of the Brumbies' David Pocock on Saturday night.
ISRAEL Folau bagged a hat-trick in the NSW Waratahs' 43-21 opening-round Super Rugby victory over the Western Force at Allianz Stadium on Sunday.
THERE are no hard feelings but Queensland Reds playmaker Quade Cooper has hinted that the crusher tackle that injured his neck should be investigated.
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