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Rebels stun Crusaders for their first win on foreign soil

The Melbourne Rebels have recorded a ten point win over last year's Super Rugby runners up the Crusaders to clinch the franchises first win on New Zealand soil.

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Two Melbourne Rebels players have been cited for stamping following their 20-10 upset of the Crusaders in the first game of the Super Rugby season.

Halfback Nic Stirzaker and No.8 Scott Higginbotham, the Rebels captain, must answer to the SANZAR judiciary after incidents spotted by the match citing commissioner.

Stirzaker was shown a yellow card by referee Nick Briant for his third-minute footwork which appeared to make contact with prone Crusaders flanker Richie McCaw.

Friends againL Richie McCaw (L) of the Crusaders talks with Scott Higginbotham after the match.

Friends againL Richie McCaw (L) of the Crusaders talks with Scott Higginbotham after the match. Photo: Getty Images

The Higginbotham incident in the 50th minute, also on McCaw, wasn't seen by the on-field officials at AAMI Park.

AAP