Kurtley Beale of the Rebels runs the ball during the round three Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on March 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.
Kurtley Beale of the Rebels runs the ball during the round three Super Rugby match between the Waratahs and the Rebels at Allianz Stadium on March 1, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Mark Kolbe / Getty Images

Beale accused of attacking Rebels teammate after match

IT seems some Melbourne Rebels players showed more fight outside the team hotel than on the field in the humiliating defeat against the Sharks in Durban.

Rebels officials are investigating an alleged incident between Wallaby teammates Cooper Vuna and Kurtley Beale which happened just hours after the 64-7 loss, the heaviest defeat in the clubs history, surpassing the 53-3 loss to the Queensland Reds in 2011.

Vuna claimed on his Twitter account that Beale, who had surgery on his broken hand last week and and is with the team as a non-playing tourist, had punched him with a "cheap shot" while he was intervening in a dispute after the team had arrived back at their hotel.

After the incident, Vuna, who played two Tests for the Wallabies last season, posted some tweets including one in which he called Beale a "bloody grub" - the comments were later removed.

Rebels media manager Adam Freier issued a statement on the matter yesterday afternoon, indicating the club would not name the players until it had been dealt with.

"The Melbourne Rebels would like to respond to reports of an incident between players following the team's bus trip home to their hotel in Umhlanga," the statement read.

"The club is treating this matter as serious and a full internal investigation has begun with the players involved.

"The club cannot provide any further comment until the internal investigation is completed. No other parties were involved."

The Rebels complete their tour of South Africa against the Cheetahs at Bloemfontein on Sunday morning.


 



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