16 Jan 2011

Rebels beat Tonga

12:16 pm on 16 January 2011

The Melbourne Rebels have made their first appearence, beating Tonga 43-13 in a Super Rugby pre-season match at the Olympic Park.

The Rebels drew a crowd of over 8,000 as they ran in seven tries to one.

English import Danny Cipriani, who is looking to re-ignite his career in Australia, did little in the opening half at five-eighth and didn't play in the second due to a back complaint.

The two teams will meet again next Friday night in Morwell in regional Victoria.