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The second match of Round one in the 2011 Super rugby season features our newcomers the Melbourne Rebels hosting the Waratahs.


Melbourne Rebels vs Waratahs.


In recent times the Waratahs have been Australia’s strongest team and reached the Semi-finals last season where they to the Stormers. This season they have a very settled squad and the only really significant signing is that of former Wallaby and Force back Ryan Cross.


On form, Drew Mitchell found form again late last season while Kurtley Beale was a revelation at full back and was nominated for IRB player of the year.


The Waratahs have not been kind to the Rebels by easing them into the tournament as they have named what is possibly their strongest squad available.


Against Australian opposition away from home the Waratahs have won four of their last five matches and seven of their last ten.


It is very hard to know what to expect from the Melbourne Rebels as they have only played one match against a Super Rugby side which they lost. The match was earlier this month and was only a trial match so we can’t read too much into it.


The Rebels have played just four matches since they were formed. They beat Tonga twice 43-13 and 54-0 and also beat a Fijian side 42-27.


Against softer opposition the Rebels scored freely and got over the 40 point mark three times but when they were up against the Crusaders they could only muster two tries or 14 points.


The Bookies have given the Rebels a 6 points start for this match – Free £ 20 bet for all new customers. There will be lots of emotion flowing in this match and the Rebels will probably start with a bang. We do however feel that the Waratahs will grind them down and win fairly comfortably. Waratahs to win by 15+.


Rebels record against all Teams
5 February 2011 Rebels v Crusaders 14-19 Melbourne (not a Super Rugby match)


Match No2: Rebels vs Waratahs
Date :Friday 18 February
Venue : Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:40
Kick Off GMT: 8:40
Referee: Mark Lawrence
Assistant Ref 1:Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 2:Nathan Pearce
TMO : Matt Goddard


Teams


Melbourne Rebels :1 Nic Henderson . 2 . Ged Robinson . 3 . Greg Somerville . 4 . Adam Byrnes . 5 . Kevin O’Neill . 6 . Hoani Macdonald . 7 . Michael Lipman . 8 . Gareth Delve (vc) . 9 . Sam Cordingley . 10 . James Hilgendorf . 11 . Luke Rooney . 12 . Cooper Vuna . 13 . Stirling Mortlock (c) . 14 . Lachlan Mitchell . 15 . Julian Huxley


16 . Heath Tessmann . 17 . Laurie Weeks . 18 . Alister Campbell . 19 . Jarrod Saffy . 20 . Nick Phipps . 21 . Danny Cipriani . 22 . Afusipa Taumoepeau .


Waratahs : 15. Kurtley Beale , 14. Lachie Turner , 13. Rob Horne , 12. Tom Carter , 11. Drew Mitchell , 10. Berrick Barnes , 9. Luke Burgess , 8. Ben Mowen , 7. Phil Waugh (c) , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm , 3. Al Baxter , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Sekope Kepu


Reserves , 16. Damien Fitzpatrick , 17. Benn Robinson , 18. Sitaleki Timani , 19. Chris Alcock , 20. Brendan McKibbin , 21. Daniel Halangahu , 22. Ryan Cross


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