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Preview – Rebels v Brumbies

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The Rebels have had the perfect start to this years competition with two wins from two outings. 

They are looking like the form team this year from Australia and have a tough challenge this week hosting the Brumbies.

This is the return match from round one when they beat the Brumbies.

Rebels coach Wessels made four changes to his side in Matt Gibbon, hooker Robbie Abel and flanker Rob Leota have all been named to make their first starts for the Rebels.

Adam Coleman will make his first start at lock for 2019, with Luke Jones to begin the game in the reserves, while number eight Ross Haylett-Petty has also been named on the bench and is in line to potentially come on the ground for his first Cap of the year.

“In order to win Super Rugby, you need a good squad and there’s been guys who have trained and competed in the last couple of weeks who deserve a go,” Wessels said.

“Anybody who’s not at full capacity, we shouldn’t be putting in there just based on reputation.

“We need to be smart, we’ve got a run of eight games continuously, so we need to have the fresher players available all the time.”

The Brumbies made five changes with Wright that comes into the team at inside centre following his cameo from the replacements bench in both the matches against the Chiefs and Hurricanes, registering his first try for the club in Palmerston North last weekend.

The former Rugby League player will link up with Tevita Kuridrani in the centres as the Brumbies look to gain revenge for the opening Round defeat to their Australian Conference opponents at GIO Stadium.

The inclusion of Wright is one of a brace of changes in the backline with fan favourite Henry Speight sufficiently recovered from the knock he sustained against the Rebels to regain a position on the right-wing, forming a potentially explosive back-three alongside Andy Muirhead and Tom Banks.

There are three further changes in the pack as McKellar brings back Sam carter into the second row, reforming his locking partnership with Rory Arnold whilst there are two changes in the backrow.

Tom Cusack, who started the victory against the Chiefs in Canberra, is restored to the starting XV but is shifted into the number eight position with Rob Valetini back at blindside flaker, opposite the legendary David Pocock on the other flank , forming a backrow that will aim to pilfer and disrupt as much as possible.

Prediction: Rebels to take the win by 6

Teams:

Rebels

15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Brad Wilkin, 6 Rob Leota, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Adam Coleman, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Robbie Abel, 1 Matt Gibbon

Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Luke Jones, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 Richard Hardwick, 22 Michael Ruru, 23 Reece Hodge

Brumbies

15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Tom Wright, 11 Andy Muirhead, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Tom Cusack, 7 David Pocock, 6 Rob Valetini, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Faingaa, 1 Scott Sio

Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Les Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Murray Douglas, 20 Pete Samu, 21 Ryan Lonergan, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Chance Peni

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