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The equation is simple for the Melbourne Rebels, beat the Western Force by four points or more and you’re in the finals. Join The Roar for live scores from 3:00pm (AEST).
The long wait for a Super Rugby finals appearance could soon be over for the Rebels. They enter the final week in fourth place behind the Waratahs, who have the bye, with four competition points and three points in for-and-against to make up.
They’ll back themselves to get the job done against the winless Force. While seeing the West Australians back in Super Rugby has been great, they’ve not been up to the level of their more experienced opponents – although they did force Melbourne into extra time when they met earlier in the year.
Kick-off: 3:00pm (AEST)
Venue: McDonald Jones Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Cameron Orr, 2. Jordan Uelese, 3. Jermaine Ainsley, 4. Matt Philip, 5. Trevor Hosea, 6. Michael Wells, 7. Richard Hardwick, 8. Isi Naisarani, 9. James Tuttle, 10. Matt To’omua (c), 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Bill Meakes, 13. Reece Hodge, 14. Tom Pincus, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty
Bench: 16. Efitusi Maafu, 17. Cabous Eloff, 18. Matt Gibbon, 19. Michael Stolberg, 20. Esei Haangana, 21. Frank Lomani, 22. Andrew Deegan, 23. Lachlan Anderson
1. Pek Cowan, 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Ollie Atkins, 6. Fergus Lee-Warner, 7. Brynard Stander, 8. Henry Stowers, 9. Ian Prior (c), 10. Jono Lance, 11. Marcel Brache, 12. Henry Taefu, 13. Kyle Godwin, 14. Byron Ralston, 15. Jack McGregor
Bench: 16. Heath Tessman, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Dom Hardman, 19. Johan Bardoul, 20. Kane Koteka, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Nick Jooste, 23. Jake Strachan