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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Melbourne based Rebels
and the Queensland Reds the Reds have won four and the Rebels one.

These two teams met each other in the first derby between the teams for 2014
at Brisbane in May and the Rebels were awarded a late penalty which Jason Woodward
kicked and won the match for the Rebels.

That Rebels victory was the first victory over the Queenslanders in Super Rugby
history.

Overall the Rebels have played the Reds 7 times since the Reds joined Super
Rugby in 2011 and the Reds have won 6 and lost one.

This gives the Rebels a record of winning 14% of their matches at all venues
against the Reds. The average score when the Rebels play the Reds is : Rebels
15 Reds 30.

This weekend the match will be played in Melbourne which is home for the Rebels
and where the teams have met three times since 2011.

As the only Rebels victory was in Brisbane earlier this year the Rebels have
never beaten the Reds at home so they have a 100% record of losing to the Reds
at home.

The average score when the Rebels play the Reds in Melbourne is Rebels 16 Reds
29.

In 2014 the Rebels have played 7 matches at home and they have won 3 and lost
four matches which gives them a record of winning 43% of their home matches.

The Reds on the other hand have played 6 matches away from home and they have
won one match. That one away win was in the opening round when they beat the
Brumbies.

In terms of selection the Reds have been forced to field a depleted side compared
to what Reds fans have become used to as Will Genia and Quade Cooper are both
injured.

Nick Frisby has been named at scrumhalf in place of the Will Genia and he will
partner Reds’ utility Ben Lucas. This will be the first time since 2008 that
neither Will (Genia) or Quade (Cooper) have been in the Reds starting line-up.

The Rebels have made three changes to the side that played the Brumbies in
their last outing. Sean McMahon has been named in the starting lineup and Jack
Debreczeni will make his run-on debut which pushes flyer Jason Woodward to the
right wing.

Wallaby scrumhalf Luke Burgess also returns to the starting team and partners
Bryce Hegarty.

Both the Reds and the Rebels will wear specially-designed Indigenous jerseys
to commemorate the home side’s Indigenous round.

The Bookies
have given the Reds a 3 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
It’s been an extremely tough
year for the Reds and without two of their best they could struggle against
the Rebels who will be playing their last game at home this year and will want
to go out with a bang. The Rebels should sneak this one by four.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in
the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Rebels 15 Reds 30

Last five results
17 May 2014 Rebels v Reds 30-27 Brisbane
01 Jun 2013 Rebels v Reds 20-33 Brisbane
08 Mar 2013 Rebels v Reds 13-23 Melbourne
29 Jun 2012 Rebels v Reds 17-32 Melbourne
10 Mar 2012 Rebels v Reds 6-11 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Reds
Played 7 ,Wins 1 ,Losses 6,Draws 0

Match No.103 : Rebels v Reds
Date :Friday 27 June
Venue : AAMI Park
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: Matt O’Brien
Assistant Ref 2: Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: George Ayoub

Teams

Rebels

1. Toby Smith,2. Pat Leafa,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Cadeyrn Neville,5. Luke Jones,6.
Sean McMahon,7. Colby Fainga’a,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Luke Burgess,10.
Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Jason
Woodward,15. Jack Debreczeni

Replacements : 16. Shota Horie,17. Cruze Ah-Nau,18. Paul Alo-Emile,19. Hugh
Pyle,20. Scott Fuglistaller,21. Nic Stirzaker,22. Telusa Veainu,23. Tom Kingston

Queensland Reds

1. James Slipper , 2. James Hanson , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James
Horwill (C) , 6. Curtis Browning , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick
Frisby , 10. Ben Lucas , 11. Dom Shipperley , 12. Anthony Fainga’a (VC) , 13.
Ben Tapuai , 14. Rod Davies , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga’a , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Ben Daley , 19. Dave
McDuling , 20. Liam Gill , 21. Samuela Kerevi , 22. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi , 23.
Lachie Turner

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