The Melbourne Rebels will travel up to Suncorp Stadium this weekend to take on the struggling Queensland Reds. Both teams sit on three wins for the season, and are the bottom two placed teams in Australia, so there winner in this game will get a slight advantage over the other.
The Melbourne Rebels have been competitive in their last few outings, but have ultimately missed out on getting the results. Their defence has held up well in the last few games but they have been leaving their attacks much too late, and always seem to be depserately searching for points late in the game, as opposed to getting an early lead.
A downfall to the Rebels game this year has been conceding penalties, and last week it was much the same when they gave away twelve penalties to the Hurricanes; Barrett choosing to shoot for eight of them and converting six. This must be an aspect of the Rebels game that Tony McGahan needs to eradicate.
The Queensland Reds have been very sub-par this year, considering they were Super Rugby champions only a few seasons ago. Their backline seems very undermanned compared to past years, they have struggled heavily with injury this season, Will Genia is out of form, and the only real competitor has been Quade Cooper who leads the team in carries, defenders beaten, and is the top scorer in Australia.
The match will see the Fainga'a brothers of Saia and Anthony of Queensland take on the younger Colby of Melbourne, while the match is also a homecoming for former Red and current Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham.
A win is high on the cards for both outfits, and all Australian players will be looking to impress Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie ahead of the upcoming international matches against France.
HAVE YOUR SAY: Who will win tonight? Can the out-of-form Reds beat the Rebels at Suncorp? Or will the Rebels get one over their Australian rivals?
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