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Super Rugby Pacific round 13 wraps up with the Melbourne Rebels taking on the Chiefs at AAMI Park, Melbourne as the Kiwi side look to lock down a place in the finals and the Melbourne side try to salvage some pride from a disappointing season so far. Join The Roar for live scores from 2:00pm AEST.
The Chiefs have chosen this match up against the struggling Rebels to rest a few key players and not chance others who are close to completing their recovery. As a result Bryn Gatland is not in the match day 23 and will get a chance to rest up ahead of the finals. Brad Weber and Josh Ioane will form the halves partnership and look to get the win that will keep them in fourth place.
Pita Gus Sowakula and Tupou Vaa’i are also being rested with Kaleb Trask, Rivez Reihana, Mitchell Brown and Samipeni Finau are all promoted to the match day squad.
Star player Brodie Retallick could have played this week had it been a tougher opponent but head coach Clayton McMillan has said that he’s going to give him one more week before bringing him back into match day play.
“He’s ready to go. We’re all keen to get him back,” said McMillan this week.
The Rebels meanwhile are looking to show the competition that their 71-28 loss to the Blues last week was just an embarrassing one off. Coach Kevin Foote spoke openly about how the team felt saying “Embarrassment is exactly the word that we felt. We missed 36 first-up tackles and that’s not good enough.”
Skipper Michael Wells is back having had to miss the Blues game and will be trying to motivate his side to create an upset as they go up against a Chiefs side who are in a four way battle with the Tahs, Canes and Reds for fourth spot.
Rebels (1-15): Matt Gibbon, Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa’amausili, Matt Philip, Josh Hill, Michael Wells (c), Brad Wilkin, Rob Leota, James Tuttle, Carter Gordon, Glen Vaihu, Stacey Ili, Andrew Kellaway, George Worth, Reece Hodge.
Reserves: James Hanson, Cameron Orr, Cabous Eloff, Josh Canham, Richard Hardwick, Joe Powell, Nick Jooste, Lukas Ripley.
Chiefs (1-15): Aidan Ross, Samisoni Taukei’aho, Angus Ta’avao, Josh Lord, Naitoa Ah Kuoi, Samipeni Finau, Sam Cane (co-c), Luke Jacobson, Brad Weber (co-c), Josh Ioane, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Pohipi, Emoni Narawa, Kaleb Trask
Reserves: Tyrone Thompson, Ollie Norris, Atu Moli, Pita Gus Sowakula, Mitch Brown, Xavier Roe, Rivez Reihana, Inga Finau.