The Sunwolves are coming off another great away win as they take on the Rebels this weekend.
Not many would have predicted the Waratahs coming unstuck against the Sunwolves last week but the win was well earned by the Japanese side.
The Rebels had a terrible time in South Africa loosing both their matches there but got back to winning ways against the Reds last week.
They are back at home this week as they host the Sunwolves.
The Rebels seemed to be the best side at the moment from the Aussies and they will not want to underestimate the Sunwolves like the Waratahs did.
The Sunwolves do not just have a great attacking game, but they have improved massively with their set pieces and defence.
With the barbarian style of rugby they play this year they are far a long away from the pushover side they were in the last few years.
The Rebels have kept faith in the same starting XV for this weeks clash making only one change in Jermaine Ainsley at tighthead prop, replacing Vice Captain Sam Talakai, who has been rested for the match.
There are four changes on the bench with Pone Fa’amausili, Semisi Tupou and Ross Haylett-Petty all in line to gain minutes, while new recruit Hugh Roach could potentially make his debut after 41 appearances with the Waratahs.
This should be one of the games of the weekend and surely one to look out for.
Some interesting facts (By: OPTA)
- The Rebels have won all three previous Super Rugby clashes with the Sunwolves, those wins all coming by margins of 20+ points.
- In Round 7 the Sunwolves picked up their first ever Super Rugby victory on Australian soil at the seventh attempt thanks in large part to a Semisi Masirewa hat-trick.
- After victory last time out against the Waratahs, the Sunwolves will be aiming to record back to back victories in Super Rugby for just the second time (May 2018).
- Sunwolves duo Rahboni Warren-Vosayaco and Gerhard van den Heever have made more carries (76) and metres (608) respectively than anyone else in Super Rugby 2019.
- Quade Cooper already has eight try assists to his name for the Rebels this season, three more than any other player in Super Rugby in 2019
Prediction: Although the Sunwolves are coming off a good win over the Waratahs, the Rebels is the top side in Aus, Rebels by 18
Rebels – 15 Reece Hodge, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Angus Cottrell (c), 6 Luke Jones, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Anaru Rangi, 1 Tetera Faulkner.
Replacements: 16 Hugh Roach, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Pone Fa’amausili, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Campbell Magnay, 23 Semisi Tupou.
Sunwolves – 15 Ryohei Yamanaka, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jason Emery, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa, 11 Semisi Masirewa, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Keito Shigeno, 8 Hendrik Tui, 7 Dan Pryor (c), 6 Ben Gunter, 5 Luke Thompson, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Jiwon Koo, 2 Jaba Bregavadze, 1 Pauliasi Manu.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Vella, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Hiroshi Yamashita, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Grant Hattingh, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Takuya Yamasawa, 23 Josh Timu.