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Preview – Brumbies v Rebels

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The second match this weekend takes us to Australia with an all Australian derby when the Brumbies host the Rebels.

The Rebels have been one of the form sides last year for the Aussies and won the last four of their six matches against the Brumbies.

The Brumbies did start to come good at the end of last year with four wins out of their last five matches in 2018.

It will be a great guideline to see were the Aussies sides are this year as both sides promise to be contenders.

Christian Lealiifano will lead the Brumbies this year and with David Pocock back they will be a different side.

There is a really nice look to this Brumbies side and at home they may be a difficult prospect for the Rebels.

They have eleven players with international experience.

James Slipper will be with Folau Fainga’a and Allan Alaalatoa in the front row.

There is plenty of experience amongst the replacements with Brumbies fans likely to see a first cap for the strong carrying Pete Samu, who provides cover in the back row.

The Rebels will start with experience Will Genia and Quade Cooper as halfback pair.

If they can click, they will cause plenty of problems for the Brumbies on attack.

Cooper leads a list of five new faces for the Rebels, with former Brumbies players Isi Naisarani and Robbie Abel named to face their old side, with Naisarani to start at number eight, while Abel will begin on the bench as the reserve hooker.

Rounding out the list of potential debutants is Matt Gibbon and former Reds and Waratahs player Brad Wilkin, with both forwards earning a spot in the reserves.

Rebels Head Coach Dave Wessels says he is excited by the arrival of Round 1.

“It’s obviously exciting to get underway but going up to Canberra, it’s not an easy challenge,” Wessels said.

We’ve got to turn up. We’ve done a great job of keeping everything simple and how we compete every day and get a little bit better, all of the players have really bought into that.”

Prediction: This may just be a really exciting matchup, we are going for Rebels by 11

Teams:

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Irae Simone, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Lachlan McCaffrey, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper

Substitutes: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 Scott Sio, 18  Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Peter Samu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andy Muirhead

Rebels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty (captain), 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Richard Hardwick, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetra Faulkner

Substitutes: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Esi Ha’angana, 20 Brad Wilkin, 21 Rob Leota, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Semisi Tupou

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