Melbourne Rebels preview 2013
The Rebels enter their third season of Super Rugby confident that this can be their breakthrough year.
By Tony Curtis - Follow me on Twitter @SkysportsTC
Last Updated: 12/02/13 9:57am
They finished above both the Lions and the Force to prove that they are coming to terms with life in the competition - while they even registered a win over the Crusaders.
There were plenty of near-misses, too, so the job of Damien Hill and his coaching team will be to instil a greater consistency in their displays.
There is no doubting some of the talent available to Hill, with Kurtley Beale, James O'Conner and Cooper Vuna all match-winners on their days, while Gareth Delve has been outstanding.
Scott Higginbotham is a good addition to the pack, while Jason Woodward looks to be an exciting acquisition.
They could struggle upfront, though, with a lack of depth however the franchise could mount a serious challenge for the top-10.