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The Melbourne Rebels will be hoping for better than their opening round horror show when they travel to Wellington to take on the Hurricanes. Stay on top of all the action with live scores right here on The Roar from 5:05pm (AEST).
The Rebels were humiliated last week 50-3 by the Blues in front of their home crowd to kick off the Trans-Tasman competition. Quite simply, anything would be a step up from that 50-3 scoreline.
Interim head coach Kevin Foote has rung the changes for their trip across the ditch, with George Worth replacing Tom Pincus at fullback and captain Matt To’omua switching to centre. Having failed to score a try in the opening round, they will at least want to head home with one under their belts.
The Hurricanes, too, were leaky in their away win over the Waratahs, and a better defence might have made them pay for conceding a whopping 48 points. However, their attack more than made up for it, scoring ten tries as the grass copped a hammering.
Having finished dead last in the Super Rugby Aotearoa competition, the ‘Canes will be out to continue to build momentum against the lesser Australian outfits. Anything less than a resounding win here would be disastrous.
Kick-off: 5:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Sky Stadium, Wellington
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Hurricanes $1.04, Rebels $11 (odds via PlayUp)
1. Xavier Numia, 2. Dane Coles (c), 3. Tyrel Lomax, 4. James Blackwell, 5. Scott Scrafton, 6. Reed Prinsep, 7. Du’Plessis Kirifi, 8. Devan Flanders, 9. Jonathan Taumateine, 10. Orbyn Leger, 11. Wes Goosen, 12. Ngani Laumape, 13. Bill Proctor, 14. Julian Savea, 15. Jordie Barrett
Bench: 16. Asafo Aumua, 17. Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18. Alex Fidow, 19. Liam Mitchell, 20. Brayden Iose, 21. Gareth Evans, 22. Cam Roigard, 23. Lolagi Visinia
1. Cameron Orr, 2. Jordan Uelese, 3. Cabous Eloff, 4. Rob Leota, 5. Trevor Hosea, 6. Michael Wells, 7. Josh Kemeny, 8. Isi Naisarani, 9. Joe Powell, 10. Carter Gordon, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Matt To’omua (c), 13. Campbell Magnay, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 15. George Worth
Bench: 16. James Hanson, 17. Matt Gibbon, 18. Lucio Sordoni, 19. Ross Haylett-Petty, 20. Richard Hardwick, 21. James Tuttle, 22. Stacey Ili, 23. Frank Lomani