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The Lions and the Rebels have only met each other once in Super Rugby since
the Melbourne side joined Super Rugby in 2011.

The Lions missed the 2013 Super Rugby season and due to the way the draw works
the teams missed each other in 2011 so this will be their second meeting.

The one and only match between the teams was played in Johannesburg and the
Lions won the match 37-32.

This weekend the match will again be played in Johannesburg so the Lions will
have home advantage.

The Lions have played 14 matches so far this season and they have won five
and lost nine matches. Their last outing was a victory over the Bulls which
ended a seven match losing streak.

The Lions have played 6 matches at home in Ellis Park and they have won four
which gives them a record of winning 67% of their home matches.

The Rebels on the other hand have also played 14 matches so far and 6 of those
were away matches. In those six away matches they won one (the Reds) so they
have a record of winning 17% of their away matches.

The Melbourne Rebels have played 14 matches outside of Australia since they
joined Super Rugby but they have never won on foreign soil. In South Africa
they have played six matches and they got the closest to winning as they played
two matches and lost both by 5 points.

While the Lions ended their losing streak in Round 16 the Rebels have lost
their last three matches and two of those were at home in Melbourne.

The Bookies
have given the Rebels a 6 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
The Rebels form in recent weeks
has been a little off and they have yet to win in SA. The Lions
should win this match by 5.

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

Average score: Lions 37 Rebels 32

Last result
Sat, 07 Jul 2012 Lions v Rebels 37-32 Johannesburg

Lions overall record against the Rebels
Played 1, Wins 1, Losses 0, Draws 0

Match No. 108: Lions v Rebels
Date : Friday 4 July
Venue : Ellis Park
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels
TMO:Johan Greeff

Teams

Lions

15. Coenie van Wyk,14. Deon van Rensburg,13. Stokkies Hanekom,12. Alwyn Hollenbach,11.
Anthony Volmink,10. Marnitz Boshoff,9. Ross Cronje,8. Warren Whiteley ,7. Warwick
Tecklenburg,6. Jaco Kriel,5. Franco van der Merwe,4. Franco Mostert,3. Julian
Redelinghuys,2. Robbie Coetzee,1. Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements : 16. Armand van der Merwe,17. Jacques van Rooyen/Corne Fourie,18.
Ruan Dreyer,19. Willie Britz,20. Derick Minnie,21. Faf de Klerk,22. Elton Jantjies,23.
Lionel Mapoe.

Rebels

1. Toby Smith,2. Shota Horie,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Hugh Pyle,5. Luke Jones,6.
Colby Fainga’a,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Luke Burgess,10.
Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Tom Kingston,15.
Jack Debreczeni

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Cadeyrn
Neville,20. Jordy Reid,21. Nic Stirzaker, 22. Jason Woodward, 23. Telusa Veainu

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