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The ACT Brumbies are up and running in season 2020 and will look to make it two wins on the trot when they host the Melbourne Rebels this evening. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 7.15pm AEDT.
Fresh off a confidence-boosting win over the Queensland Reds, the Brumbies now host a Rebels outfit coming off a poor defeat to the Sunwolves last week in Japan.
The Rebels started slowly against a dedicated Sunwolves outfit away from home and could find themselves behind the eight ball early yet again against a traditionally hardworking Brumbies that never gives away anything at home.
Melbourne remain an inconsistent side at the best of times. That is what makes them dangerous but also a real danger to themselves at the same time.
The Brumbies meanwhile are a proud club on the field at least, finishing one match short of a Super Rugby grand final appearance last season, losing to the in-form Jaguares in Argentina. While they may not possess the formidable depth and class of a team like the Crusaders, (let’s face it, no team does in Super Rugby at present), the Brumbies always work hard for results and in more cases than not, get the job done at home.
This was exactly the case last week against the Reds. The Brumbies were in a fight for the majority of the contest but found a way to sneak home for their tenth straight win as hosts.
The Brumbies will look to improve their form at the scrum this week, because with an all-Wallabies front row, they still struggled against the Reds, giving away several penalties.
As for the Rebels, Matt Toomua needs a stellar game in attack for Melbourne to cause the upset away from home. He is a fine player on his day and he will need to be sharp with the ball and the boot for Melbourne to win.
The Brumbies at home are on a ten-match winning streak for a reason. They are difficult to beat and always roll up their sleeves in the ACT. The Rebels have what it takes to cause the upset, but the Brumbies at home should be just too good in a tight one.
Brumbies by 7.
Time: 7.15pm AEDT
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Coverage: Live Kayo Sports, Fox Sports
Betting: Brumbies $1.39, Rebels $3.02
Tom Banks, Solomone Kata, Tevita Kuridrani, Irae Simone, Tom Wright, Noah Lolesio, Joe Powell, Pete Samu, Tom Cusack, Rob Valetini, Murray Douglas, Cadeyrn Neville, Allan Alaalatoa (c), Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio
Reserves: Connal McInerney, Harry Lloyd, James Slipper, Nick Frost, Will Miller, Ryan Lonergan, Bayley Kuenzle, Andy Muirhead
Dane Haylett-Petty (c), Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Billy Meakes, Andrew Kellaway, Matt Toomua, Frank Lomani, Isi Naisarani, Michael Wells, Angus Cottrell, Matt Philip, Ross Haylett-Petty, Ruan Smith, Anaru Rangi, Matt Gibbon
Reserves: Steve Misa, Cameron Orr, Jermaine Ainsley, Gideon Koegelenberg, Rob Leota, Richard Hardwick, Ryan Louwrens, Campbell Magnay