Rebels vs Brumbies: Super Rugby live scores
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Melbourne Rebels Vs. ACT Brumbies
2012 Super Rugby Tournament, 1 June, 2012
|AAMI Park, Melbourne, VIC|
|ACT Brumbies 27 defeated Melbourne Rebels 19|
|Melbourne Rebels||ACT Brumbies|
|Referee: K Brown|
|Touch judges: I Smith & S Moore|
The Melbourne Rebels are at home to the Brumbies in Friday night’s Super Rugby. Both teams are coming off a loss, the Brumbies just going down to the Reds, while the Rebels were thrashed last week. Join us from 7:40pm for live scores of the Rebels vs Brumbies.
It was a sorry Melbourne outfit who were belted by the Hurricanes, with Kurtley Beale, Mark Gerrard and Lachie Mitchell coming out of the game with injuries. Gerrard has been cleared to play in a boost for the side, and he will relish taking on his old team. Stirling Mortlock will make his first start for the Rebels in the run-on side after injury troubles.
The Brumbies will be looking to smash through the Rebels and set up a bonus point win to give them a cushion at the top of the table over the Reds. Jake White has rested forwards Dan Palmer, Ita Vaea and Sam Carter, while Robbie Coleman starts at fullback.
Prediction: Could this be a banana-skin game for the Brumbies?
The Rebels have been solid at home, and after the intense battle that ended in a loss to the Reds, the Brumbies may be tempted to overlook a Rebels outfit that possesses far less in attack without Beale. Yet the Rebels have shown they are far better than last year, and beat the Brumbies in 2011 at home.
The other factor is the battle for spots in the upcoming Wallabies Tests being played against Scotland and Wales.
If the Brumbies lose their focus, they could find themselves in tough encounter against the Melbourne side. Tipping this one to be closer than the pundits think.
Tip: Brumbies, but not as easily as coach Jake White might have hoped.
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