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Rebels winger Tom Kingston is tackled by Scott Fardy of the Brumbies

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Article Published: Thursday 29 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Canberra based Brumbies and the Melbourne based Rebels the Canberra side have won four and lost once.

The last match between the two teams was won by the Rebels in Melbourne and was earlier this season.

Overall the Brumbies have played the Rebels 7 times in Super Rugby since the Rebels joined the tournament in 2011.

From those seven Super Rugby matches the Brumbies have won five and lost two. That gives the Brumbies a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Rebels.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Rebels is : Brumbies 30 Rebels 18.

This weekend the match will be played in Canberra which is home for the Brumbies and where the teams have played each other three times.

The Brumbies have won three out of three matches in Canberra so against the Rebels they are unbeaten at home.

The average score when the Brumbies play the Rebels in Canberra is : Brumbies 36 Rebels 13.

The Brumbies have played 13 matches so far this Super Rugby season and they have won 8 matches and lost five. In Canberra the Brumbies have played six matches and won five.

Those five Super Rugby wins in Canberra give the 2014 Brumbies a record of winning 83% of their matches at home.

The Rebels have played 12 matches in 2014 and they have won four matches and lost eight. Away from home they have played five matches and won one.

That gives the Rebels a record of winning 20% of their away matches in 2014. The Rebels are out of the running for the play offs.

The Brumbies are very much in the running for the play offs although their two losses in South Africa have seen them drop out of the play off zone and down to seventh place which will make them very hungry.

In terms of selection the Rebels have been able to bring Laurie Weeks and Tamati Ellison back into their starting line up.

Japanese international duo Shota Horie and Male Sau are also back after securing 2015 Rugby World Cup qualification in their homeland, with Sau picked to start and Horie to provide hooker cover for Pat Leafa from the bench. Tom Kingston drops to the bench, providing outside back cover.

Injury replacement Josh Holmes is again named as the reserve scrumhalf, and is a chance to become Rebel number 73 if called upon, as Ben Meehan makes his second Super Rugby start.

Meanwhile the Brumbies have named Clyde Rathbone in their starting line up for the first time since last year's Super Rugby final.

Robbie Coleman has dropped out of the side for the Rebels match, with Pat McCabe also earning a call up to the starting XV as Jesse Mogg moves back to the bench.

Ben Alexander has also been benched for Saturday night's fixture, with Ruan Smith making his first starting appearance for the Brumbies since 2013.

On the bench Michael Dowsett returns as Nic White's understudy for Conrad Hoffmann, leaving the rest of the squad as it was named for last week's loss to the Bulls.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 10 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. While the Brumbies have rested a number of players those players might not have been at their peak due to the travel so they are still fielding a strong side playing at home. The Brumbies should win this by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD.

Average score: Brumbies 30 Rebels 18

Last five results
28 Mar 2014 Brumbies v Rebels 24-32 Melbourne
07 Jun 2013 Brumbies v Rebels 39-17 Canberra
22 Feb 2013 Brumbies v Rebels 30-13 Melbourne
01 Jun 2012 Brumbies v Rebels 27-19 Melbourne
14 Apr 2012 Brumbies v Rebels 37-6 Canberra

Brumbies overall record against the Rebels
Played 7, Wins 5 , Losses 2, Draws 0

Match No. 99: Brumbies v Rebels
Date :Saturday 31 May
Venue : Canberra Stadium
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2: Will Houston
TMO: Peter Marshall



1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Ruan Smith , 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter , 6. Fotu Auelua, 7. Jarrad Butler, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 9. Nic White , 10. Matt Toomua, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Pat McCabe

Replacements : 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. JP Smith, 19. Leon Power , 20. Jordan Smiler , 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. Andrew Smith, 23. Jesse Mogg


1. Toby Smith,2. Pat Leafa,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Cadeyrn Neville,5. Luke Jones,6. Colby Fainga'a,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Ben Meehan,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Male Sau,15. Jason Woodward

Replacements : 16. Shota Horie,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Hugh Pyle,20. Jordy Reid,21. Josh Holmes ,22. Jack Debreczeni,23. Tom Kingston

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