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    Rebels vs Reds

    Super Rugby, 23 February, 2018

    AAMI Park
    Fulltime - Rebels 45, Reds 19
    Rebels   Reds
    45 FINAL SCORE 19
    7 TRIES 3
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Brendon Pickerill
    Touch judges: Nic Berry & Jordan Way
    TMO: Ian Smith

    Round 1 is in the books, but it’s the first time we see the Australian franchises battle this season when the Melbourne Rebels host the Queensland Reds in the latte city tonight. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:45pm AEDT.

    Here we go folks!

    It’s been a long time coming, but finally Super Rugby is back on our shores for another season. While 2017 was less than ideal on the field for the Australian franchises, the cutting of the Western Force from the Super competition means all other teams have benefitted from some decent offseason talent acquisition – not least the Melbourne Rebels.

    With a number of Western Force players moving to Melbourne for season 2018, as well as coach Dave Wessels, the Rebels look a strong outfit on paper.

    Indeed, they have nine starters tonight with Wallabies experience. The Reds have coach Brad Thorn at their disposal, and have stuck largely with their young players who finished 2017 in decent shape.

    So… to tonight’s fixture:

    The Rebels will start stronger on paper. Dane Haylett-Petty and new skipper Adam Coleman are imperious, whilst halfback Will Genia and inside centre Reece Hodge will look to rudder their sides attacking plays.

    Their bench is strong, too, with names like Ross Haylett-Petty, Billy Meakes and Michael Ruru likely to play the last 20 minutes on Aami Park tonight.

    For the Reds, Brad Thorn made headlines when he dropped Quade Cooper to club rugby, replacing him with journeyman Jono Lance.

    Scott Higginbotham at number eight was the Reds best last season, and has been handed the reigns of what is still a young roster for 2018. Their centres are outstanding, and a lot of their go forward will come through Duncan Paia’aua and Samu Kerevi.

    All eyes will also be on their front row, with the much improved Taniela Tupou partnering with James Slipper and debutant Brandon Paenga-Amosa, who has been rewarded for his outstanding NRC season with the NSW Country Eagles.

    Where the game will be won
    Set Piece. The Reds have a better scrum for mine, and they will look to new recruit Paenga-Amosa to control the rolling maul off lineouts as he did beautifully in the NRC this season. If the Rebels can nullify this threat, they have more weapons in their outside backs to do damage – particularly as the game wears on and players feel the effects of the first proper hit out of the season.

    It’s tough to call the first game of any season, not least with two fairly new-look rosters. I think the Rebels’ experience will just shade a keen Reds side.

    Rebels by 8

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    • Roar Pro

      Melburnian said | 2:37pm | ! Report

      Both teams seemed pretty rusty and whilst the Rebels can point to new coach and new player combinations, the Red competed well for at least the first half until the heat and the numbers started to take their toll. I only managed to see the last five minutes of the Highlanders Blues match but it did look a cracker – have to watch the replay.

      Tough start for Brendan Pickerill with the whistle. Having given a red card on 9 minutes to then be faced with the decision to hand out another one on 22 minutes tests your mettle. I thought the yellow card more deserving of a red but you could almost see it in Pickerill’s eyes not wanting to hand out a second red card and effectively end the game as any sort of contest.

    • 1:47pm
      Bobby B said | 1:47pm | ! Report

      The skill execution difference between the reds rebels match and the blues highlanders match was wider than the Tasman sea. The NZ match went 10 or 15 minutes before a scrum (relying on memory so could be very wrong) was set. The Oz match seemed to have a knock-on every 2 minutes. It must be the water in Brisbane because only 5 of the starting 15 were born in Australia compared to 6 born in NZ – don’t know where the players grew up or the version of English they speak but one would have thought that an Australian Super Rugby team would have a majority of Australian players. I understand the Sunwolves being dominated by foreigners but an Australian team?

    • 12:32pm
      John said | 12:32pm | ! Report

      Want the Reds & Thorn to do well
      He was an outstanding AB. But as a coach Brad please dont fall into the Cheika speak and blame the ref and everyone else.
      As the rules stand. It was a red card everyday of the week

    • Roar Pro

      Crazy Horse said | 1:15am | ! Report

      Western Force demolishes the Queensland Reds again!

    • Roar Guru

      RobC said | 1:02am | ! Report

      Just finished watching it. Humiliating loss

      Only one thing to say. “BT, welcome to the big boys club.”

    • 12:30am
      Stu B said | 12:30am | ! Report

      How disappointing was that? pathetic crowd average refeereing,the rugby just a muddle and rubbish commentators, after watching the Dunedin spectacular, big enthusiastic crowd an understanding ref,comentaters who recognised both teams players and up to speed on new rules, some razzlel dazzle rugby just great for a season opener. If the Blues and Highlanders are considered the bottom Kiwi teams where does this leave the Reds and Rebels.Appears another same old same old season for us not to get all excited over.

      • 6:34am
        Sul said | 6:34am | ! Report

        Yer that was a pretty poor performance from both teams, if it wasn’t for a couple of very good individual performances I think I would have switched of. I am starting to think those out in the middle don’t know how to play any different. You would have thought after last years results, they would come out and gave us something new and not just more of the old. Lets hope this is a one off and not a precursor for the rest of the season.

        • 8:55am
          Dave_S said | 8:55am | ! Report

          One game does not a season make, but yes, it appears standards are only going further backwards, not just in comparison to NZ but in real terms. Hope it’s just early nerves and rust …

    • 12:18am
      Gepetto said | 12:18am | ! Report

      Like Stiles Brad has produced an excellent NRC standard team.

    • 11:39pm
      Tokenism said | 11:39pm | ! Report

      Take that Perth. There were 10,000 in Melbourne tonight. Perth never got those numbers.

      • 1:25am
        Force4good said | 1:25am | ! Report

        That’s a pretty pathetic crowd for a city of nearly 5 million people…

      • 4:58am
        Tim Rogers said | 4:58am | ! Report

        That’s right we got a lot bigger crowds than that! Especially for opening match of season.

      • Roar Pro

        robel said | 2:59pm | ! Report

        First game crowds in WA were over 10k, which is better in a city of 1.8mil compared to 5mil.

    • 11:16pm
      ethan said | 11:16pm | ! Report

      Well, nice to see pre season has started already. Oh wait…

    • 9:49pm
      Harry said | 9:49pm | ! Report

      Anyway as an Australian rugby supporter I hope the Rebels kick on.
      If Wessells is smart – and he is – he’ll quietly make Genia captain and keep Coleman as V-C.

      • 10:32pm
        Fin said | 10:32pm | ! Report

        Genia doesn’t need to be captain to lead the team he just needs to enjoy his rugby- something he didn’t do the last couple of years at the Reds. Rebels will be a good side at the end of the season Reds won’t. Highlanders and Blues already are and they are the weak Kiwi sides. Another long year for our sides.

      • 11:03pm
        BR said | 11:03pm | ! Report

        Ginia. Had a good game, he did tho make a few error decision I thought , kicking the ball down field when a counter attack would have been a better option . I feel that he did to much of a playmakers role. But that’s just me. Good win to the Rebels. What the heck the Reds were upto. There should have been 2 Red cards.

      • 11:19pm
        Rhys Bosley said | 11:19pm | ! Report

        Genia plays better when he isn’t captain.

        • 11:40pm
          riddler said | 11:40pm | ! Report

          agree… he is good as on field general.. without the responsibility of being official captain..

          he had a great game.. let’s just enjoy him playing well.. coleman was good as captain..

          didn’t see much of higgers captaincy sadly..


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