James O'Connor dives in to score against the Blues
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Michael Lynch salutes the Melbourne Rebels' big three - Kurtley Beale, Danny Cipriani and James O'Connor - following their victory over the Blues in The Sydney Morning Herald.
"In many cultures and religious traditions three is the magical number, the figure denoting unity and completeness.
"For those adherents of the Rebel faith the coming together last night of their own rugby trinity - James O'Connor, Danny Cipriani and Kurtley Beale - for the first time in a Super 15 match this season was supposed to bring strength and purpose to a side that was languishing at the foot of the league table.
"With only one win in five outings, and that by the narrowest of margins, a single point triumph over the Western Force in their last home game, the Rebels needed their three big-name players to impose themselves on proceedings."