British and Irish Lions: Melbourne Rebels captain Gareth Delve disappointed with 35-0 defeat

Last Updated: 25/06/13 2:04pm

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Rebels captain Gareth Delve is disappointed as the Melbourne team wasn't able to perform against the Lions.

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Melbourne Rebels captain Gareth Delve admitted their set-piece struggles left them fighting a losing battle against the British and Irish Lions.

The Rebels failed to score a single point at AAMI Park as the tourists enjoyed superiority in the scrums and, following a shaky start, at the lineout.

"I'm disappointed when I look at that scoreline," said Wales international Delve.

"We wanted to try a few different things and really challenge them but we probably didn't get the stability off our set-pieces. A quality team like that ran in a few points on us.

"You can't defend against a team of that quality for the length of time we did and we probably didn't play in the right areas, but the guys went out there and wanted to try a few things but it was always going to be a bit hit or miss."

After three years at the Rebels, Delve will leave the Super 15 side at the end of the current season and admits he has thoroughly enjoyed his time in Melbourne.

"I'm proud of being in Australia and being part of this Rebels journey for the last three years," he said.

"It's fantastic to see how well the guys are doing in the Lions team but I'm proud of the Rebels for the fight they put up."

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