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Sunday, June 3, 2018    Lynn McConnell    Getty Images

That was Rebels' coach Dave Wessels take on his side's effort at Eden Park on Saturday.

Wessels, who moved to Melbourne after the Western Force were removed from Super Rugby, said there had been a lot of doubters looking at the new faces in the squad that they would be able to pull together as quickly as they had.

"It's a real reflection of the type of people we have within the group that they've been able to do that," he said.

The side was also swimming against the current in a non-rugby town of Melbourne but their success had seen them have their largest crowd to a game recently.

"Melbourne is a demanding sporting market because they want to see people win but they also want to see that people play in a certain way which is playing to win rather than playing not to lose," he said.

The Rebels had been trying to have a go and while it hadn't always worked out but there was a level of pride growing among their fans about what the team had achieve.

Wessels said the win in Auckland, their first, had been satisfying, especially after they hit a rough patch in the middle of the season and coming out of that the side had remained together which had been important.

"We sort of reflected pretty hard, we changed some of our behaviours and things we were doing and the environment started to move with it and we started to get some outcomes. The last three weeks we've had three on the trot now and obviously to win in New Zealand is pretty special so it is the cherry on the cake for this part of the season.

"It's definitely not an easy place to come and win but I think it has come on the back of everyone buying in and staying together during a difficult period.

"We feel like we are developing a style of play that the opposition are finding hard to manage and we are kind of finding our identity through it and understanding what our super powers are as a team and how we want to play and that was always going to take a bit of time. But it is certainly becoming clearer and clearer to us as we are moving through the season," he said.