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ACT Brumbies vs Melbourne Rebels: Super Rugby Pacific live scores, blog

2nd June, 2023
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ACT Brumbies

33

Match Complete

Melbourne Rebels

17

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ACT Brumbies

33

Match Complete

Melbourne Rebels

17

A. Muirhead78
75R. Hodge
75B. Wilkin
J. Debreczeni52
O. Sapsford51
J. Debreczeni46
T. Wright45
J. Debreczeni34
C. McInerney33
28R. Hodge
27C. Gordon
23R. Hodge
J. Debreczeni15
C. Toole14

5
Tries
2
4
Conversions
2
0
Penalty Goals
1
0
Field Goals
0

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The Brumbies host the Rebels for their last match of the regular season, making eight changes to their starting side for Friday night’s clash. Join The Roar for live scores and updates from 7.30pm AEST

Currently placed at fourth, the Brumbies would need the Blues (third) to lose to the eighth-ranked Highlanders to have any chance of moving up and securing a massive quarter-final against the Waratahs. For the Rebels it’s a must win to have any chance of qualifying for the postseason.

Jack Debreczeni will wear the No.10 jersey, as Noah Lolesio suffered concussion symptoms following their 31-21 loss to the Chiefs, forming a brand new halves pairing, with Nic White returning after missing the past two matches.

It’s a brand new front-row for the Brumbies, with James Slipper given the week off following the birth of his first child. Connal McInerney comes in at hooker for Lachie Lonergan while Sefo Kautia starts at tight-head prop following Allan Alaalatoa’s season-ending injury.

Cadeyrn Neville makes his return in the second-row, joining Nick Frost, which sees Tom Hooper shift to blindside flanker. The move will see Pete Samu come off the bench. Ollie Sapsford meanwhile starts at inside centre, with Tamati Tua to come off the bench.

“It’s great for us to have Nic and Cadeyrn back, especially with Allan likely to miss some time through injury,” Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said.

“Family comes first for the club and after welcoming his first child, Slips needed to be with his family this week and it’s a fantastic opportunity for Fred to get his first start.

“Friday night’s an important game for us, a special night for Pete on his 100th, and we’ll recognise the contribution of our departing players and staff but the first job is to perform for our home crowd and that’s our focus.”

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For the visiting Rebels its much of the same as they have named a settled side for their must-win clash. Kevin Foote has made just the one change, with Nick Jooste starting at inside centre alongside Reece Hodge, who will play his 100th Super Rugby match.

Game Information
Venue: GIO Stadium
Kick-off: 7:35 (AEST)
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Brumbies $1.28, Rebels $3.75 – odds via PlayUp

Teams

Brumbies (1-15): Fred Kaihea, Connal McInerney, Sefo Kautai, Nick Frost, Cadeyrn Neville, Tom Hooper, Jahrome Brown, Rob Valetini, Nic White, Jack Debreczeni, Corey Toole, Ollie Sapsford, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Wright

Reserves: Billy Pollard, Blake Schoupp, Rhys Van Nek, Pete Samu, Luke Reimer, Ryan Lonergan, Tamati Tua, Jesse Mogg

Rebels (1-15): Matt Gibbon, Jordan Uelese, Sam Talakai, Josh Canham, Matt Philip, Josh Kemeny, Brad Wilkin, Richard Hardwick, Ryan Louwrens, Carter Gordon, Monty Ioane, Nick Jooste, Reece Hodge, Lachie Anderson, Andrew Kellaway

Reserves: Alex Mafi, Isaac Aedo Kailea, Pone Fa’amausili, Trevor Hosea, Vaiolini Ekuasi, James Tuttle, Stacey Ili, Joe Pincus

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Referee: Angus Gardner

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