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Preview: ACT v Rebels

  • Preview: ACT v Rebels

The ACT Brumbies will host the Melbourne Rebels this weekend at Canberra Stadium in the final round before the month-long break for international tests.

The Brumbies are looking for redemption from the same fixture back in round 7 when the Rebels were victorious by eight points at home in AAMI Park.

This weekend the match up is at the Brumbies home in Australia's capital city, but the team from the ACT haven't had the best preparation for this encounter. After winning seven of their first nine games for the season, they have lost three of their last four games; all away.

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Their poor run in the last month has seen them drop out out of competition's top six, and have fallen below the Waratahs and the Western Force in the Australian conference to sit third.

As for the Rebels, a thrashing at the hands of the Waratahs combined with several unfavourable results has seen them slip down into 13th position on the table; but the last time they came up against an out-of-form Australian team, they ended up winning the match.

That win game only two weeks agao against the Queensland Reds at Suncorp Stadium, which goes to sow they are capable of winning interstate, only as long as they put pressure on the scoreboard early on.

A weakness of the Rebels this season has been their light defensive pressure early in games, which has seen them concede heavily and unecessarily in the first half of matches, which has left them fighting and scrapping at the end of matches. An early start will be crucial.

Clyde Rathbone comes back into the Brumbies first team for the first time this year, with Robbie Coleman omitted from the game-day squad, Pat McCabe moved to fullback, and Jesse Mogg to the bench.

Meanwhile for the Rebels, Laurie Weeks, Male Sau and Tamati Ellison return to the starting team, with Shota Horie back on the bench. Impressive youngster Ben Meehan will start at scrumhalf in the absence of Luke Burgess and Nic Stirzaker, while Josh Holmes will be his replacement on the bench.

 

BRUMBIES: 1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Ruan Smith, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Fotu Auelua, 7. Jarrad Butler, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 9. Nic White, 10. Matt Toomua, 11. Clyde Rathbone, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Pat McCabe

Replacements: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Ben Alexander, 18. JP Smith, 19. Leon Power, 20. Jordan Smiler, 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. Andrew Smith, 23. Jesse Mogg

 

MELBOURNE REBELS: 1. Toby Smith, 2. Pat Leafa, 3. Laurie Weeks, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 5. Luke Jones, 6. Colby Fainga'a, 7. Scott Fuglistaller, 8. Scott Higginbotham (c), 9. Ben Meehan, 10. Bryce Hegarty, 11. Tom English, 12. Mitch Inman, 13. Tamati Ellison, 14. Male Sau, 15. Jason Woodward

Replacements: 16. Shota Horie, 17. Cruze Ah-Nau, 18. Paul Alo-Emile, 19. Hugh Pyle, 20. Jordy Reid, 21. Josh Holmes, 22. Jack Debreczeni, 23. Tom Kingston

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