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Rebel Rivals: Brumbies

  • Rebel Rivals: Brumbies

Another tough opponent awaits the Melbourne Rebels this weekend in round 7 of Super Rugby action, and it's going to be another big hill to climb for the boys in blue at AAMI Park. What do we know about the ACT Brumbies so far, and what do the statistics tell us?

What we do know is that they're the current runners-up of the Super Rugby competition, and currently lead the way in the Australian conference, sitting one point ahead of the Waratahs. They're also in second position on the overall ladder.

Having lost their first game of the season by ten points in round 2 at the hands of the Reds, then Brumbies have gone on to record four victories in a row, scoring three or more tries on each occasion and consistently ending games between the 25-29 point range.

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Despite they're consistency in scoring, they are also consistently giving points up, too. Three of their five games this season has seen their opposition collect over 20 points for the match, and their average winning margin is only nine points -- not exactly blowing teams out of the park as of yet.

Jesse Mogg and Robbie Coleman are both equal second in the competition for total tries scored, with four apiece, while Tevita Kuridrani has scored two in four games and comes back into the side after missing last week against the Stormers.

Mogg has also recorded the second-most runs in the league over the first six rounds, compiling 58 thus far. 

The halves, Nic White and Matt Toomua, have also been impressive in setting up six of the teams 13 tries this season and are both sure to be in Wallabies contention again at the end of the season.

The front pack consists of several Wallabies, including Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Scott Fardy and Ben Mowen. It's going to be another big ask for the Rebels' so-far-impressive forwards to keep it up again this week against another powerhouse.

How will the Rebels go against such a solid outfit? Can they get a result at home, or do the stats tell the story for the Brumbies?

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