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Super Rugby AU comes to Sunday afternoon for the first time when the Melbourne Rebels host the ACT Brumbies at AAMI Park today. Join The Roar for live scores from 2pm (AEST).
It’s approaching must-win territory for the Rebels. After starting the season with a string of promising outings, they’re now coming off their worst two performances of the year in the form of losses to the Reds and Force.
With the finals only two weeks away and third place still very much up in the air, the hosts cannot afford another slip-up.
Making matters worse is the MCL injury Reece Hodge sustained last time out which has him pencilled in for a ten-week stint on the sidelines. With captain Dane Haylett-Petty still not back from concussion, Tom Pincus slots in at fullback, while Campbell Magnay comes into the centres.
There is some good news for the hosts on the injury front after back-rower Isi Naisarani was named to make his return on the bench.
And it’s not as if the Brumbies have named a completely full-strength side, either. Nic White and James Slipper have both been given a chance to freshen up on the bench ahead of the finals, and Irae Simone, Tom Cusack and Pete Samu are out of the matchday squad altogether.
Kick-off: 2pm (AEST)
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Live stream: Stan Sport
Betting: Brumbies $1.32, Rebels $3.35 (odds via PlayUp)
(1-15): Matt Gibbon, James Hanson, Pone Faamausili, Rob Leota, Trevor Hosea, Josh Kemeny, Richard Hardwick, Michael Wells, Joe Powell, Matt To’omua (c), Marika Koroibete, Campbell Magnay, Stacey Ili, Frank Lomani, Tom Pincus
Bench: Jordan Uelese, Cabous Eloff, Cameron Orr, Lucio Sordoni, Ross Haylett-Petty, Isi Naisarani, Brad Wilkin, James Tuttle, Lewis Holland, Glen Vaihu (two to omit)
(1-15): Scott Sio, Folau Fainga’a, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, James Tucker, Rory Scott, Rob Valetini, Ryan Lonergan, Noah Lolesio, Tom Wright, Bayley Kuenzle, Len Ikitau, Andy Muirhead, Tom Banks
Bench: Lachlan Lonergan, James Slipper, Tom Ross, Nick Frost, Will Miller, Nic White, Reesjan Pasitoa, Mack Hansen