Melbourne Rebels belt Samoa A in final Super Rugby preseason match

The Melbourne Rebels have rounded off preparations for the Super Rugby season by thrashing Samoa A 85-0 in a trial match at AAMI Park.

After fielding an inexperienced squad in their first trial match, an away loss to the Blues, a stronger Rebels line-up combined well on Thursday night to punish Samoa A in the final hitout ahead of their 2016 campaign.

The home side dominated the match from the outset and scored 13 tries, an early penalty miss from Lester Sefo the lone point-scoring opportunity for the visitors.

Wing Reece Hodge scored two tries in the opening half for his new side as the Rebels went ahead 38-0 at the main break. Replacement winger Tom English also crossed twice after halftime.

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