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The second match of Super Rugby Round 17 is in Brisbane where the Queensland Reds will host the Melbourne Rebels.

The Super Rugby match will be the last this season for both teams as they are both out of the running for the play offs.

These teams have already played each other once this year and that match was in Round 3 at AAMI Park in Melbourne and the Rebels edged it 25-23.

Overall the Reds have played the Rebels 11 times since 2011 when they joined Super Rugby and the Rebels have won 8 matches and lost three.

In Brisbane the Reds have hosted the Rebels 5 times and they have won four matches and lost one. The last Rebels victory in Brisbane was in 2014.

The average score when the Reds host the Rebels in Brisbane is : Reds 34 Rebels 18.

For this match the Reds have made three changes to the side that were well beaten by the Chiefs. The three Reds changes are headlined by the return from injury of veteran tight head prop Greg Holmes for his swansong in Queensland colours.

Injury has forced the other changes, with prop James Slipper (sternum) and fullback Jack Tuttle (shoulder) replaced by Sef Fa’agase and Tom Banks respectively. The match will be Banks’ first start in Super Rugby, after making his Reds debut off the bench last year.

Slipper’s absence has prompted the promotion of departing flanker Liam Gill to the role of captain for his final match at Suncorp Stadium. W

The Reds have also made three changes to the bench. Departing hooker Saia Fainga’a and prop Ben Daley will get one last run for Queensland after both making a successful recovery from injury in time for the match, while Michael Gunn gets an opportunity in place of Leroy Houston.

Meanwhile the Rebels have made four changes for this match. Head coach Tony McGahan has named lock Luke Jones back into the team as he has recovered from a concussion.

As well as Jones, Sean McMahon and Mitch Inman all return from injury, while Paul Asquith will make his run-on Super Rugby debut after two weeks as a reserve.

The Rebels will be without Lopeti Timani for a second-week after the lock failed to overcome his concussion while fullback Mike Harris will miss his last game for the club with a hamstring injury.

Culum Retallick, who scored his first try for the club in his Rebels run-on debut last weekend against the Crusaders, has retained his position in the starting 15.

Both teams will be playing for pride but a number of Reds players will be wanting to impress their incoming coaching team so they will have home advantage and something a little extra to play for.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. With home advantage the Reds should edge this by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 5.

Average score: Reds 30 Rebels 19

Last five results
12 Mar 2016 Reds v Rebels 23-25 Melbourne
15 May 2015 Reds v Rebels 46-29 Brisbane
03 Apr 2015 Reds v Rebels 15-23 Melbourne
27 Jun 2014 Reds v Rebels 36-20 Melbourne
17 May 2014 Reds v Rebels 27-30 Brisbane

Reds overall record against the Rebels
Played 11, Wins 8 , Losses 3 , Draws 0

Match No.128:Reds v Rebels
Date : Friday 15 July 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Will Houston
Assistant Ref 1: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 2:Amy Perrett
TMO : George Ayoub


Queensland Reds

1. Sef Fa’agase , 2. Andrew Ready , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Liam Gill (C) , 8. Curtis Browning , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Duncan Paia’aua , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Henry Taefu , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Kuridrani , 15. Tom Banks (run-on debut)

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga’a , 17. Ben Daley , 18. Taniela Tupou , 19. Lukhan Tui , 20. Michael Gunn , 21. James Tuttle , 22. Alex Gibbon , 23. Campbell Magnay ,

Melbourne Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. James Hanson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Culum Retallick , 6. Sean McMahon , 7. Jordy Reid , 8. Colby Fainga’a , 9. Nic Stirzaker (captain) , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Tom English , 12. Reece Hodge , 13. Mitch Inman , 14. Sefa Naivalu , 15. Paul Asquith

Reserves , 16. Pat Leafa , 17. Cruze Ah Nau , 18. Jamie Hagan , 19. Sam Jeffries , 20. Rob Leota , 21. Ben Meehan , 22. Sione Tuipulotu , 23. Jack Maddocks*


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