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Rebels v Reds Super Rugby Rd.3 Preview




The second Super Rugby match on Saturday is in Melbourne where the Rebels will host the Reds from Brisbane in their first home match for 2016.

The Rebels have played two matches so far this season and they have won one and lost one. They beat the Western Force in Rd.1 in Perth but were then well beaten by the Bulls in Pretoria.

Against the Bulls last week the Rebels made an awful start and were at their worst trailing 42-3 before they fought back and scored four tries but lost 42-25.

The Reds have had a difficult week and after two losses this season they sacked coach Richard Graham. Last week’s loss was actually their fourth in a row and didn’t come as too big of a surprise.

The new Reds coaches Nick Stiles and Matt O’Connor have made five significant changes to their team including dropping Ayumu Goromaru to the bench.

Two of the five changes are in the front row with loosehead prop Sef Fa’agase and Andrew Ready making their starting debut. Fa’agase replaces Ben Daley, who drops to the replacements , while Ready slots in for Saia Fainga’a.

Fainga’a’s absence also means Brisbane City hooker Matt Mafi has the potential to make his Queensland and Super Rugby debut from the replacements.

The other change to the forward pack sees Brisbane City flanker Waita Setu called into the starting side for the first time, after making his debut last weekend, with Curtis Browning moved to the replacements. In the backs, Anthony Fainga’a has been called into the starting side at inside centre for his first Super Rugby match since May last year, shifting Karmichael Hunt to starting fullback and Ayumu Goromaru to the replacements.

The Rebels have made one change to the side that lost last week with Jordy Reid coming to the side. Adam Thomson, one of four former Reds in the Rebels’ 23-player squad, returns to the number eight jersey while Lopeti Timani has been named in the second row.

The Rebels have played the Reds 10 times since 2011 and they have won two matches and lost 8 which is a record of winning just 20% of their matches against the Queenslanders.

In Melbourne the Rebels have hosted the Reds on five occasions and they have won one. The average score when the Rebels host the Reds is Rebels 18 Reds 28.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 7 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Reds new coaches haven’t had the time to make much of an impact of the Reds game. The Rebels are more settled and have home advantage. The Rebels should win this by 5.

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

Average score: Rebels 18 Reds 31

Last five results
15 May 2015 Rebels v Reds 29-46 Brisbane
03 Apr 2015 Rebels v Reds 23-15 Melbourne
27 Jun 2014 Rebels v Reds 20-36 Melbourne
17 May 2014 Rebels v Reds 30-27 Brisbane
01 Jun 2013 Rebels v Reds 20-33 Brisbane

Rebels overall record against the Reds
Played 10 , Wins 2, Losses 8 , Draws 0

Match No.20: Rebels v Reds
Date : Saturday 12 March 2016
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2:Ed Martin
TMO : Peter Marshall


Melbourne Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Lopeti Timani , 6. Jordy Reid , 7. Sean McMahon (captain) , 8. Adam Thomson , 9. Ben Meehan , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Tom English , 12. Mitch Inman , 13. Tamati Ellison , 14. Dom Shipperley , 15. Jonah Placid

Replacements : 6. Pat Leafa , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Jamie Hagan , 19. Sam Jeffries , 20. Steve Cummins , 21. Mick Snowden , 22. Dan Hawkins , 23. Kotaro Matsushima


1. Sef Fa’agase (run-on debut) , 2. Andrew Ready (run-on debut) , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Rob Simmons (C) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Waita Setu (run-on debut) , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Anthony Fainga’a , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Karmichael Hunt

Replacements : 16. Matt Mafi (potential Queensland/Super Rugby debut) , 17. Ben Daley , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ben Matwijow , 20. Curtis Browning , 21. Scott Gale , 22. Sam Greene , 23. Ayumu Goromaru

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