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    Rebels vs Sunwolves

    Super Rugby, 25 May, 2018

    AAMI Park
    Fulltime - Rebels 40, Sunwolves 13
    Rebels   Sunwolves
    40 FINAL SCORE 13
    6 TRIES 1
    0 DROP GOALS 0
    Referee: Federico Anselmi
    Touch judges: Will Houston & Graham Cooper
    TMO: Ian Smith

    The Melbourne Rebels host the hot Sunwolves in Melbourne tonight in the third ever clash between these two Super Rugby sides. Join The Roar from 7:45pm (AEST) for live scores and commentary.

    The Melbourne Rebels, after starting the season so well, are spluttering their way around in second position in the Australian Conference, quickly losing touch with the Waratahs. Their attack, which looked so good through the first six rounds, has faltered without the enigmatic Will Genia at halfback.

    That being said, when they fire, they do look the goods, and with Dane Haylett-Petty returning at fullback, there’s enough there to suggest that, should their passes stick, points will be scored.

    In team news, as mentioned above, Haylett-Petty returns to team up with Jack Maddocks and Marika Koroibete in the back three, while Billy Meakes and Tom English resume their midfield partnership.

    Sam Talakai starts in the front row, while 2017 Shute Shield player of the year Tayler Adams wins his first spot on the bench. Should he get on, it would be a richly deserved debut for the Southern Districts workhorse.

    As for the Sunwolves, boy have they been good in the last two weeks.

    They’ve got one of the in-form five-eighths in the tournament in Hayden Parker, whose deft feet at the line and vision have been the crux of a firing attack over the past month. He’s also the best goal-kicker in the competition and can throw them over from pretty much anywhere in opposition territory.

    Michael Little is a beast and matches up extremely well against his opposite number at outside centre. Back rowers Ed Quirk, Grant Hattingh and Shunsuke Nunomaki give them good go forward, while their set piece has benefited greatly from tall timber Shinya Makabe and James Moore in recent weeks.

    We know both these sides like to throw the ball around, and, assuming they go into tonight’s fixture with that same attacking mindset, it will come down to counter-attack and whoever plays the best opportunistic rugby.

    My gut says the Rebels, but I ate a dodgy curry at lunch, so it could just be that…

    Rebels by 12.

    Join The Roar for live scores and commentary of the match, starting from 7:45pm (AEST).

    State of Origin 2 is here, with the Blues looking to wrap the 2018 series up and the Maroons hoping to keep it alive and force a decider. Follow along with our NSW vs QLD Origin 2 live scores and blog.

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    • 9:50pm
      riddler said | 9:50pm | ! Report

      missed the games this morning,..

      congrats to the saders and rebels..

      bring on tomorrow qld and tahs!!

    • 9:46pm
      ThugbyFan said | 9:46pm | ! Report

      Hayden Parker has an Aussie accent. For gawd sake, put him in the WB squad as backup to Bernie the iceman. LoL

      • Roar Rookie

        Kirky said | 10:26pm | ! Report

        Great to see the Melbourne Force play like that, good stuff boys ~ Hayden Parker I reckon will go to the Highlanders when able to replace Sopoaga at a guess!

    • 9:44pm
      ThugbyFan said | 9:44pm | ! Report

      6 tries to 1 pretty much tells us the Rebels were far too good against the Sunwolves B side. From what I saw the Rebels have to bite the bullet and keep this backline. Jack Maddocks is an awesome wing/fb talent, he runs… he tackles… he scores tries … he can catch and has a very long kick. I’m sure I saw him playing at #10 for the Melbourne Rising NRC side last year so hope they can get him there for a few runs, even just at the end of the match.

      • Roar Rookie

        Paul D said | 10:32pm | ! Report

        Yeah, second string Sunwolves. Nothing to be read out of that game

      • 12:46am
        killaku said | 12:46am | ! Report

        Till they play a Kiwi side

    • 9:36pm
      Fionn said | 9:36pm | ! Report

      Some thoughts from this game (bearing in mind I only saw the second half)

      – Could DHP be the ball-playing back three player the Wallabies need? He is strong under the high ball, has a very good long pass as he has shown in the past, and today for Koroibete’s second try and has a good boot. Defence an issue in the past

      – Koroibete is a monster in attack, but defence can be really poor

      – Naivalu is a beast in defence – his hit on the Tongan Godzilla was awesome, and if he is attacking well could he be the winger the Wallabies need?

      – Timani’s form is improving – had at least one very good offload, another good pass and a good jackal for the final play

      – Should Ruru be the Wallabies’ backup halfback? He is a steadier hand and better in defence than Gordon, and more dynamic when running than Powell

      – English could compete with Rona as first choice Wallabies outside centre

      – Those who have spruiked the the Tahs as guaranteed conference champions are perhaps getting ahead of themselves. It isn’t over until it is over.

      • 9:50pm
        Cynical Play said | 9:50pm | ! Report

        DHP is too weak in contact and too often reads wide defence wrong as shown by that first try. Has good vision in front foot attack but he ain’t the complete back three player and I wouldn’t have him for the WB. Banks I would have.

        • 9:53pm
          Cynical Play said | 9:53pm | ! Report

          Maddocks not Banks

          • 9:55pm
            Fionn said | 9:55pm | ! Report

            I’d be equally happy with Maddocks and Banks being in the Wallabies’ back three.

            I think I would go for Banks, but I am definitely biased.

        • 10:45pm
          ThugbyFan said | 10:45pm | ! Report

          The big winger with the lair hair, #11 Hosea Saumaki easily brushed DHP and would have got a try except that J.Maddocks came from nowhere in a beautiful cover tackle and took him into touch. Mind you DHP has only just returned from injury.

          Agree that either Tom Banks or Jack Maddocks could be a better bet as wing/fb than DHP for the WB. Banks wasn’t much chop for the 1st 10 odd rounds of SR2018 but seems to be going all right now. Maddocks has been on fire all year but likely too green to throw into a fierce test match as a starter.

      • 10:55pm
        Reverse Wheel said | 10:55pm | ! Report

        I have to say I thought DHP was poor tonight. He did a couple of good things and I know he’s been out, but there was a string of clangers tonight.

      • 7:50am
        Daveski said | 7:50am | ! Report

        Agree on English and Naivalu’s awesome tackle. And Ruru probably had his best game of the season.

        Timani good 15min cameo but I wouldn’t be rushing to announce he’s “back in form” just yet. The bloke runs hot and cold like a dodgy shower.

        Tayler Adams looked good in a brief debut. Really Wessels has sat on his hands all season with JDeb when he had at least four other viable options at 10 – Adams, Hodge, Maddocks and Horwitz.

    • 9:31pm
      Dave_S said | 9:31pm | ! Report

      Enjoyed that. Wolves not as bad as the score suggests. Still don’t see Hodge as a 10.

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 9:29pm | ! Report

      Full Time
      80‘ – MATCH RESULT: Jack Maddocks and Marika Koroibete combined for five tries as the Rebels flogged the Sunwolves 40-13 at Aami Park.

      Rebels: 40
      Sunwolves: 13

    • 9:28pm
      KenoathCarnt said | 9:28pm | ! Report

      Koribete is an absolute weapon so glad he came to Union. Is it possible for him to play on centers for Wallabies? That would certainly solve some issues in that area.

      • 9:37pm
        Fionn said | 9:37pm | ! Report

        His defence is very suspect and I haven’t seen a great passing ability from him – I question whether they’re quite good enough for the wing at international level. Why do you want him to move into the centres?

        • 12:21am
          Bing said | 12:21am | ! Report

          His defence for the WBs last year I thought was outstanding.

    • 9:26pm
      ThugbyFan said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      77mins: What a GREAT tackle by Sefa Naivalu on the flying winger Hosea Saumaki. Worth the admission price. 🙂

    • Roar Guru

      Nick Kelland said | 9:26pm | ! Report

      79‘ – Things winding down here now, bit of a fizzler in these last 10.

      Rebels: 40
      Sunwolves: 13

    • 9:25pm
      Dave_S said | 9:25pm | ! Report


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