The Brumbies and the Melbourne Rebels have already played each other once this year and the first match between the teams was won by the Brumbies.
The Rebels and the Brumbies have played each other 5 times in Super Rugby since 2011 when the Rebels joined Super Rugby.
From those five Super Rugby matches so far the Brumbies have won 4 and lost one match. The first match between the teams was in Melbourne and was won by the Rebels. In fact it was their first ever Super Rugby victory.
That one loss gives the Brumbies a record of winning 80% of their matches against the Rebels. The average score when the Brumbies play the Rebels is : Brumbies 30 Rebels 16.
Just two of the matches between the Brumbies and the Rebels have been played in Canberra and both were won by the Brumbies.
This weekend the match will be played in Canberra and the average score in the city is Brumbies 35 Rebels 12.
Last week the Brumbies beat the Hurricanes 30-27 in Canberra but this week due to Wallaby call ups mainly they have had to make eight changes to the team that played last week.
Five of the changes are in the starting line up so one third of the team is different and there is a new captain in Nic White.
Pat McCabe comes in at inside centre in place of Christian Lealiifano who is off to the Wallabies. Nic White will most likely take over the kicking duties.
Clyde Rathbone comes onto the wing in place of Joe Tomane. In the forwards, Leon Power comes in at lock, Scott Fardy at blind-side flanker and Peter Kimlin at No 8.
The Rebels suffered a big blow last week in their loss to the Reds as their top try scorer Scott Higginbotham was ruled out for the season due to a dislocated shoulder.
In terms of Wallabies selections just Nick Phipps and James O'Connor have joined the Wallabies. Recently the Rebels have been playing without O'Connor due to injury and Bryce Hegarty has been in some form.
Clearly the Wallabies selections have hit the Brumbies harder than the Rebels but the Brumbies have still named a strong team.
At the end of last year the Brumbies slipped up against the Blues and missed out on the play offs by a point and they are very wary of slipping up at home again so they will be focused this week before the June break.
The Bookies have given the Rebels a 13 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. With home advantage and a strong record against the Rebels we think the Brumbies should win this by 8.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.
Average score: Brumbies 30 Rebels 16
Last five results
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
10 Jun 2011 Brumbies v Rebels 32-17 Canberra
25 Feb 2011 Brumbies v Rebels 24-25 Melbourne
Brumbies overall record against the Rebels
Played 5 ,Wins 4 ,Losses 1,Draws 0
Match No.102: Brumbies v Rebels
Date : Friday 7 June
Venue : Canberra Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 1:Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 2:Matt O'Brien
TMO : George Ayoub
1. Scott Sio , 2. Siliva Siliva , 3. Dan Palmer , 4. Leon Power , 5. Sam Carter , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Colby Faingaa , 8. Peter Kimlin , 9. Nic White (c) , 10. Matt Toomua , 11. Clyde Rathbone , 12. Pat McCabe , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Henry Speight , 15. Jesse Mogg
Replacements , 16. Josh Mann-Rea , 17. Ruan Smith , 18. Etienne Oosthuizen , 19. Jordan Smiler , 20. Ian Prior , 21. Robbie Coleman , 22. Zack Holmes.
1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 5. Luke Jones, 6. Jordy Reid, 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 8. Gareth Delve, 9. Nic Stirzaker, 10. Bryce Hegarty, 11. Lachlan Mitchell, 12. Rory Sidey, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Tom English, 15. Jason Woodward
Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa, 17. Paul Alo-Emile, 18. James King, 19. Tim Davidson, 20. Luke Burgess, 21. James Hilgendorf, 22. Kimami Sitauti