Super Rugby Australia returns this weekend for the second round with matches between the Rebels and the Reds and the Waratahs and the Western Force.
The Rebels have had to move the match to Sydney due to an outbreak of Covid-19 so they will be the home team in Sydney this weekend.
The Force left Super rugby in 2017 when the Super 18 was cut to the Super 15 again but this weekend they are back as the Sunwolves who were in the Australian conference are unable to travel and self isolate as required by the Australian government.
The Force make their return on Sunday against the Waratahs who were ironically the last team they played in Super rugby.
Melbourne Rebels v Reds Super Rugby Australia Preview
The Rebels have played the Reds 17 times in Super rugby since 2011 and the Rebels have won 7 matches, lost 10 times, and drawn none.
The Rebels 7 wins out of 17 matches give them a record of winning 41% of their matches against the Reds regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is normally home for the Waratahs. The match has been moved to Sydney due to COVID 19 so this will be the first time they have met in Sydney.
In matches between these teams outside of Queensland, the Rebels between the teams the Rebels have played the Reds 9 times and won 4. This gives them a record of winning 44%.
The average score when the Rebels play the Reds outside of Queensland is: Rebels 24 Reds 26.
The Rebels have won the last two matches against the Reds outside of Queensland and the Reds have not won away since 2017.
Average score: Melbourne Rebels 24 Reds 26
Last five results
Fri, 10 May 2019 Rebels v Reds 30-24 Melbourne
Fri, 23 Feb 2018 Rebels v Reds 45-19 Melbourne
Sat, 13 May 2017 Rebels v Reds 24-29 Melbourne
Sat, 12 Mar 2016 Rebels v Reds 25-23 Melbourne
Fri, 03 Apr 2015 Rebels v Reds 23-15 Melbourne
Rebels overall record against the Reds
Played 9 ,Wins 4 ,Losses 5 ,Draws 0
Match Officials and details
Date: Friday 10 July
Venue: Brookvale Oval, Sydney
Kick-Off local: 19:05
Referee: Damon Murphy
Assistant Ref 1: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2: Jordan Way
TMO: George Ayoub
15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Andrew Kellaway, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Michael Wells, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Josh Kemeny, 5 Michael Stolberg, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Pone Fa’amausili, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Matt Gibbon.
Replacements: 16 Efitusi Ma’afu, 17 Cameron Orr, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Trevor Hosea, 20 Esei Haangana, 21 Frank Lomani, 22 Rob Leota, 23 Reece Hodge
15 Bryce Hegarty, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Hunter Paisami, 12 Hamish Stewart, 11 Filipo Daugunu, 10 James O’Connor, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Harry Wilson, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Liam Wright (captain), 5 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 4 Angus Blyth, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 Harry Hoopert
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Josh Nasser, 19 Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 23 Josh Flook
Waratahs v Force Super Rugby Australia Preview
The Waratahs have played the Force 18 times in Super rugby since 2006 and the Waratahs have won 11 matches, lost 6 times and drawn once.
The Waratahs 11 wins out of 18 matches gives them a record of winning 61% of their matches against the Force regardless of venue.
This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is home for the Waratahs and the venue where the teams have met 8 times.
In those 8 matches played in Sydney, the Waratahs have won 4 matches and lost 3 (and drawn one). This gives the Waratahs a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Force at home.
The average score when the Waratahs play the Force in Sydney is: Waratahs 21 Force 18.
The Waratahs have won the last match against the Force in Sydney which was back in 2017.
Average score: Waratahs v Force
Last five results
Sat, 15 Jul 2017 Waratahs v Force 11-40 Perth
Sat, 25 Feb 2017 Waratahs v Force 19-13 Sydney
Sat, 23 Apr 2016 Waratahs v Force 49-13 Perth
Sat, 09 May 2015 Waratahs v Force 11-18 Perth
Sun, 15 Feb 2015 Waratahs v Force 13-25 Sydney
Waratahs overall record against the Force
Played 18 , Wins 11, Losses 6, Draws 1
Match Officials and details
Date: Saturday 11 July
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Kick-Off local: 19:15
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Amy Perrett
Assistant Ref 2:James Quinn
TMO: James Leckie
15 Jack Maddocks, 14 James Ramm, 13 Alex Newsome, 12 Joey Walton, 11 Mark Nawaqanitawase, 10 Will Harrison, 9 Mitch Short, 8 Will Harris, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Lachlan Swinton, 5 Rob Simmons (captain), 4 Ned Hanigan, 3 Harry Johnson-Holmes, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Angus Bell
Replacements: 16 Tom Horton, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Tiaan Tauakipulu, 19 Tom Staniforth, 20 Jack Dempsey, 21 Michael Mcdonald, 22 Ben Donaldson/Tepai Moeroa, 23 Karmichael Hunt
15 Jack McGregor, 14 Byron Ralston, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Nick Jooste, 11 Brad Lacey, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Tevin Ferris, 6 Henry Stowers, 5 Fergus Lee Warner, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Feleti Kaitu’u, 1 Angus Wagner
Replacements: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Greg Holmes, 19 Johan Bardoul 20 Ollie Callan, 21 Jacob Abel, 22 Henry Taefy, 23 Kyle Godwin