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The final Super Rugby match in Super Rugby Rd. 6 is a Sunday match in Sydney where the Waratahs host the Rebels.

Last week the Waratahs beat the Reds 13-15 in Brisbane while the Rebels were beaten 3-27 by the Highlanders in Melbourne.

The Waratahs have now played four matches this season and they have won two and lost two.

The Rebels have played five Super Rugby matches and they have won three and lost two. The Rebels have 13 points and the Waratahs 10.

The Waratahs have played the Rebels 10 times in Super Rugby since 2011 and the Waratahs have won 9 matches and lost one. This gives the a record of winning 90% of their matches against the Melbourne side.

The two teams have five times in Sydney and the Waratahs have won all five matches. The average score when the Waratahs host the Rebels is Waratahs 28 Rebels16.

The Waratahs will be without Kurtley Beale and Rob Horne due to injury this week and as a result they have made four changes.

The Waratahs most capped player of all time Benn Robinson has been brought into the starting side along with Hugh Roach who gets his first start for 2016.

Robinson and Roach come into the starting line up to link up with Angus Ta’avao in the front row.

David Horwitz and Matt Carraro move back into the starting side in place of Beale and Rob Horne respectively, who have both been ruled out with injury this week.

Will Skelton re-joins the squad as a solid bolster off the bench together with Andrew Kellaway who has the opportunity to make his Super Rugby debut.

The Rebels will be led by Nic Stirzaker for the first time this season and him being named in the starting line up is one of three changes to the starting side.

In the other changes Reece Hodge starts at fullback while Cam Crawford replaces the injured Tom English on the wing.

Hodge will start for just the second time in his career after a quad injury sidelined the 21-year-old since his two-try and 20-point debut against the Western Force in the opening round.

Crawford will make his first start of the season on Sunday after successfully returning from a hamstring injury in the second-half against the Highlanders last weekend.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Rebels know they didn’t deliver last week and will want to put that right. They do however have a habit of losing to the Waratahs who will have home advantage this week. The Waratahs should win by 5.

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

Average score: Waratahs 32 Rebels 17

Last five results
25 Apr 2015 Waratahs v Rebels 18-16 Sydney
20 Feb 2015 Waratahs v Rebels 38-28 Melbourne
23 May 2014 Waratahs v Rebels 41-19 Melbourne
21 Mar 2014 Waratahs v Rebels 32-8 Sydney
24 May 2013 Waratahs v Rebels 22-24 Melbourne

Waratahs overall record against the Rebels
Played 10 , Wins 9, Losses 1, Draws 0

Match No.48:Waratahs v Rebels
Date : Sunday 3 April 2016
Venue : Allianz Stadium, Sydney
Kick Off local: 16:05 local
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO :George Ayoub

Teams

Waratahs

1. Benn Robinson , 2. Hugh Roach , 3. Angus Ta’avao , 4. Dean Mumm , 5. David Dennis (VC) , 6. Jack Dempsey , 7. Michael Hooper (C) , 8. Jed Holloway , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Zac Guildford , 12. David Horwitz , 13. Matt Carraro , 14. Reece Robinson , 15. Israel Folau

Replacements: 16. James Hilterbrand , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Tom Robertson , 19. Will Skelton , 20. Sam Lousi , 21. Wycliff Palu , 22. Matt Lucas , 23. Andrew Kellaway

Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Lopeti Timani , 6. Jordy Reid , 7. Sean McMahon , 8. Adam Thomson , 9. Nic Stirzaker (captain) , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Cam Crawford , 12. Mitch Inman , 13. Tamati Ellison , 14. Dom Shipperley , 15. Reece Hodge

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Jamie Hagan , 19. Sam Jeffries , 20. Scott Fuglistaller , 21. Ben Meehan , 22. Dan Hawkins , 23. Sera Naivalu

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