Rebels fall could cost Test hopes: Reece Hodge

Melbourne's Reece Hodge concedes their horror Super Rugby season capitulation could cost the Rebels players Wallabies' World Cup spots.

The Rebels lost seven of their last nine matches, blowing the final round clash with the Chiefs 59-8, which cost them a maiden finals appearance.

In the penultimate round they also had a shocker, losing 66-0 to the Crusaders.

It was in stark contrast to flying start, unbeaten in the opening four rounds with well over a dozen players looking in contention for a Test call-up.

Now the only players who could feel confident are halfback Will Genia, five-eighth Matt Toomua, utility backs Hodge and Dane Haylett-Petty, winger Marika Koroibete and lock Adam Coleman.

Those who face an anxious wait include Jack Maddocks, Billy Meakes, Luke Jones, Matt Philip, Isi Naisairani, Quade Cooper, Richard Hardwick, Jordan Uelese and Jermaine Ainsley.

Hodge, who has 33 caps, said the dip in form could have selection ramifications.

"I know myself - I've been horrible the last couple of weeks," the 24-year-old said.

"I'm filthy about it and if it costs me my spot then I have to live with that.

"We come here to win for the Rebels and if selections happen down the track then that's the coach's prerogative."

While Melbourne coach Dave Wessels said the team was "soft" Hodge described them as "inconsistent" and was baffled about their mid to late season slide.

"I don't think there has been one player in our squad who has been consistently at their best every game," Hodge said.

"If one or two or three guys are off every week then that's going to cost the team."

While seven wins equalled their best ever result from their nine seasons, they carried much more expectation this year given the depth of talent at Wessel's disposal.

"Inconsistency in our last two seasons is pretty apparent and we haven't deserved to make the finals either season as we couldn't finish the season strongly," Hodge admitted.

"The review process starts straight away on Monday and next year we have got to be better and have a more complete season rather than just starting well."