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Super Rugby moves across the Tasman from New Zealand to Melbourne where the Rebels host South Africa’s Stormers.

The Stormers lead the Africa 1 Conference and are in third place overall on 36 points. The Rebels are 12th overall and third on 27 points in the Australian Conference.

The Rebels and the Stormers have played each other four times since 2011 when the Melbourne side joined Super Rugby. In those four matches the Rebels have won one and lost three.

The Rebels and Stormers have met twice in Melbourne and the teams have won once match each. The average score when these teams meet in Melbourne is Rebels 16 Stormers 30.

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has made two changes to the team that beat the Force in their last outing. Rebels regular captain and scrum half Nic Stirzaker injured his ankle at training on Tuesday and will miss the rest of the Super Rugby season so MacMahon steps in for the sixth time this year.

The injury to Stirzaker will see Ben Meehan return to the starting line up for the first time since Round 5 while Jonah Placid will start on the right wing as Sefa Naivalu shifts to outside centre.

The Stormers have been able to name Jaco Taute in their team for the first time this season and he starts at fullback in place of Cheslin Kolbe who is currently on national Sevens duty.

A fit-again Schalk Burger also returns to the starting line-up at No.8 and will captain the side in the absence of Juan de Jongh who is also with the Springbok Sevens squad.

The only other change to the team that started the 31-24 victory against the Cheetahs at Newlands before the June break sees Vincent Koch replace the injured Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop.

On the replacements bench prop JP Smith and utility back Scott van Breda are both in line to make their Stormers debut should they take the field.

The Stormers are in a battle with the Bulls for the top spot in Africa 1 Conference so they have it all to play for while the Rebels are near enough to being out of contention.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Stormers have a good record against the Rebels so they should edge the Rebels by 3 points.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Rebels 17 Stormers 30

Last four results
23 May 2015 Rebels v Stormers 15-31 Cape Town
17 May 2013 Rebels v Stormers 30-21 Melbourne
14 Jul 2012 Rebels v Stormers 21-26 Cape Town
03 Jun 2011 Rebels v Stormers 3-40 Melbourne

Rebels overall record against the Stormers
Played 4 , Wins 1, Losses 3 , Draws 0

Match No.113: Rebels vs Stormers
Date : Saturday 2 July 2016
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19.40
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry (Australia),
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett (Australia)
TMO : Ian Smith (Australia)

Teams

Melbourne Rebels

1. Cruze Ah Nau , 2. James Hanson , 3. Toby Smith , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Lopeti Timani , 6. Jordy Reid , 7. Sean McMahon (captain) , 8. Colby Fainga’a , 9. Ben Meehan , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Tom English , 12. Reece Hodge , 13. Sefa Naivalu , 14. Jonah Placid , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa , 17. Tom Moloney , 18. Laurie Weeks , 19. Culum Retallick , 20. Adam Thomson , 21. Mick Snowden , 22. Mitch Inman , 23. Paul Asquith

Stormers

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 JP Smith, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Scott van Breda.

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