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Coleman’s best week of captaincy

His coach lauded it has his “best week” and he may be initially shy to the compliment, but Melbourne Rebels captain Adam Coleman shone as a captain and a leader of men in the club’s breakthrough 27-24 win over ACT Brumbies on Saturday night.

Coleman was at his enforcing best in Canberra, his performance one of a man responding to critics questioning his form, which had potentially mirrored the Rebels’ own output as a team.

And Melbourne Rebels Head Coach Dave Wessels was quick to highlight his captain’s leadership both on match-day and in the week lead-ing up.

“One of the big learnings we’ve had…was the outstanding leadership from ‘Adsy’ (Adam Coleman) this week,” Wessels said post-match.

“I think that’s been his best week of captaincy, just the way he trained, his messaging was really simple – and then he backed it up with his actions.

“The boys really got in behind him and the rest of the leaders.

“For us, in terms of the growth in our team, that’s a big milestone for us.”

Coleman was humbled by his coach’s appraisal.

“Obviously I’m happy with that comment,” the captain laughed, post-match.

“I’m not upset with that comment!”

“It’s my first year as a captain, so I’m really feeding off a lot of the other guys too within the team and I really felt like with Willy G (Genia) missing, a lot of the other boys stepped up.

“I was really impressed with Michael Ruru today in terms of his composure, I know he’s really been working on that. I thought he led really well tonight in terms of direction and when we had the ball.”

For Coleman, the win was a personal milestone – his first ever win in Canberra.

The Rebels moved to Canberra in 2010 to be part of the ACT Brumbies Academy, before making an introduction in Super Rugby with the Waratahs and then Force.

And while there were elements of the win that weren’t “perfect”, the 26-year-old still held the result in some significance.

“Getting the win is positive, but we weren’t perfect,” Coleman said.

“I personally think that winning on the road is very hard. It’s my first win here in Canberra and it’s where I started playing, so it’s (the win) pretty special to me to come here and win.

“And to see the character of the boys, the way they rolled their sleeves up, we knew it was going to be an arm wrestle, and to come out with the win is very pleasing.

“The boys worked really hard at training this week and for the whole squad, including the staff – to get a bit of reward – it’s nice going into the bye.”

The Rebels will welcome the bye next weekend, before hosting the Sunwolves at AAMI Park on May 25.