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England's Danny Cipriani kicks Rebels to first victory

Danny Cipriani (left) is the hero for Melbourne Rebels
Cipriani (left) is mobbed by team-mates including Wales' Gareth Delve (right)

England fly-half Danny Cipriani kicked a last-minute penalty to earn Melbourne Rebels their first Super 15 victory.

His 20 points, comprising six penalties and a conversion, gave the new club a 25-24 win over two-time champions ACT Brumbies at Melbourne's AAMI Park.

"I was very delighted to kick the goal, but it was a whole team performance," said the former Wasps player.

Cipriani, 23, trained with several football clubs, including Tottenham, before joining the Rebels this season.

Rebels had been beaten 43-0 by NSW Waratahs at home in their first ever Super 15 match last week.

Cipriani was delighted the team had managed to bounce back from that defeat.

"Defence is something I've had to work on a lot to make sure that I can front up because this is the best league in the world," he said.

"People writing us off kind of took the pressure off us and allows us to play our game and that's what we tried to execute all night and the boys tremendously did so."

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