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The Melbourne Rebels and Highlanders meet in Melbourne for the final regular season match of Super Rugby 2022. Join The Roar for live scores from 2:00pm (AEST).
The Highlanders sent a full-strength team to Melbourne not knowing whether they’d definitely need to win or not after what happened in Perth last night.
Jermaine Ainsley, Andrew Makalio, Ethan de Groot, Bryn Evans, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Marty Banks, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Fetuli Paea and Liam Coombes-Fabling were named to start today.
They’ll need that firepower as the Force did indeed heap the pressure on with a thrilling 27-22 win over the Hurricanes at home. That means a Highlanders loss – without a bonus point – would see the Force through.
Can foe become friend? Can the Rebels help their Aussie rivals out with an unlikely victory that would see Tim Sampson’s men sneak into the final playoffs spot in place of the Landers?
Rebels (1-15): Matt Gibbon, Jordan Uelese, Pone Fa’amausili, Matt Philip, Josh Canham, Michael Wells (c), Brad Wilkin, Rob Leota, James Tuttle, Carter Gordon, Glen Vaihu, Matt To’omua, Andrew Kellaway, Lukas Ripley, Reece Hodge.
Reserves: James Hanson, Cameron Orr, Cabous Eloff, Ross Haylett-Petty, Richard Hardwick, Joe Powell, Nick Jooste, George Worth.
Highlanders (1-15): Ethan de Groot, Andrew Makalio, Jermaine Ainsley, Bryn Evans, Josh Dickson, James Lentjes (co-c), Billy Harmon, Marino Mikaele-Tu’u, Aaron Smith (co-c), Marty Banks, Rory Van Vugt, Thomas Umaga-Jensen, Josh Timu, Scott Gregory, Liam Coombes-Fabling.
Reserves: Rhys Marshall, Daniel Lienert-Brown, Saula Mau, Sam Caird, Hugh Renton, Folau Fakatava, Vilimoni Koroi, Denny Solomona