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Rebels v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Clyde Rathbone in action for the Brumbies in their last meeting with the Rebels

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Article Published: Thursday 27 March 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Mebourne based Rebels and the ACT based Brumbies the Canberra side have won five.

The Rebels have played the Brumbies six times since they joined Super Rugby in 2011 and the Brumbies have won 5 times and lost once.

That gives the Rebels a record of winning just 17% of their matches against the Brumbies.

The average score across all venues when the Rebels play the Brumbies is Rebels 16 Brumbies 32.

This week the match will be played in Melbourne which is home for the Rebels and where the teams have played each other three times.

In those three matches the Rebels beat the Brumbies once which was in 2011 but since then the closest they have gotten to the ACT side is an 8 point loss.

That gives the Rebels a record of winning just 33% of their matches against the Brumbies.

The average score when the Rebels play the Brumbies is Rebels 19 Brumbies 27

In terms of selection the Rebels have brought Jason Woodward back while while Tom Kingston starts in place of the injured Lachie Mitchell.

Nic Stirzaker replace Luke Burgess in the starting line up and in the forwards there is a new look front row sees Max Lahiff replace Toby Smith as loosehead prop, with Smith ruled out for a week with concussion.

Laurie Weeks, on the other hand, returns from a head knock as the starting tighthead, with Pat Leafa retaining his starting spot.

Meanwhile the Brumbies have named Christian Lealiifano in their squad for this week although he does start off the bench. Tevita Kuridrani starts at centre which is a boost for the Brumbies.

The Brumbies have also named the same pack that beat the Stormers 25-15 last week.

The Bumbies are on a bit of a roll currently as they beat the Waratahs in Canberra impressively and last week they swept aside the Stormers.

The Rebels on the other hand lost 32-8 to the Waratahs and they have not been able to reproduce the excellent performance they put in against the Cheetahs.

The Brumbies are currently one of our form teams in Super Rugby and they are in a battle for the top spot in the Australian Conference with the Waratahs so they need to keep the pressure on.

The Bookies have given the Rebels an 8 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Canberra side shouldn't struggle too much this week as they are up against the lowest ranked Australian side and the Brumbies should win by 9 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Rebels 16 Brumbies 32

Last five results
Fri, 07 Jun 2013 Rebels v Brumbies 17-39 Canberra
Fri, 22 Feb 2013 Rebels v Brumbies 13-30 Melbourne
Fri, 01 Jun 2012 Rebels v Brumbies 19-27 Melbourne
Sat, 14 Apr 2012 Rebels v Brumbies 6-37 Canberra
Fri, 10 Jun 2011 Rebels v Brumbies 17-32 Canberra

Rebels overall record against the Brumbies
Played 6,Wins 1,Losses 5 ,Draws 0

Match No. 38: Rebels v Brumbies
Date :Friday 28 March
Venue : AAMI Park
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO: Peter Marshall



1. Max Lahiff,2. Pat Leafa,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Hugh Pyle,5. Luke Jones,6. Colby Fainga'a,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Nic Stirzaker,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Tom Kingston,15. Jason Woodward

Replacements : 16. Shota Horie,17. Paul Alo-Emilie,18. Cruze Ah-Nau ,19. Cadeyrn Neville,20. Sean McMahon,21. Luke Burgess,22. Male Sa'u ,23. Angus Roberts


Jesse Mogg, Joe Tomane, Tevita Kuridrani, Pat McCabe, Robbie Coleman, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen (c), Jarrad Butler, Jordan Smiler, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore, JP Smith.

Replacements : Siliva Siliva, Ruan Smith, Ruaidhri Murphy, Jack Whetton, Lachlan McCaffrey, Conrad Hoffman, Andrew Smith, Christian Lealiifano.

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