Anyone can contribute to The Roar and have their work featured alongside some of Australia’s most prominent sports journalists.
The Rebels are aiming for two straight wins in Super Rugby 2020 as they host the Sharks at Mars Stadium in Ballarat, Victoria. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 2:45pm (AEDT).
Ballarat should be in for an entertaining afternoon of Super Rugby as the Rebels look to build on last week’s win over the Waratahs. The Rebels managed to win a scrappy affair last week against a NSW side low on confidence but they will need to improve to defeat the dangerous Sharks of South Africa.
The Sharks’ past fortnight has been hit and miss, with their tour of New Zealand resulting in a convincing win over the Highlanders before a comprehensive defeat to the Hurricanes a week later.
Regardless, the Sharks will still fancy their chances of securing a win against a Rebels outfit that has already tasted defeat to the Sunwolves and Brumbies in the weakest conference of the three.
If the Sharks hope to secure victory today, they need to improve their discipline considerably. They have conceded well over ten penalties in their last two matches against the Highlanders and Hurricanes and can ill afford to put themselves under unnecessary pressure.
Discipline aside, the Sharks are a promising unit with the back line in particular one to watch. The Rebels on the other hand have suffered two major blows with Wallabies stars Matt Toomua and Reece Hodge both sidelined because of injury.
The loss of two class players hurts the Rebels but does put added pressure on the Sharks to get the job done, so it will be interesting to see how the Sharks manage expectation.
The Sharks at their best start deserved favourites given the Rebels key absentees in Toomua and Hodge. Complacency, though, can be a big enemy and if the Rebels can just knuckle down and keep it tight, the Sharks’ problems with discipline could come back to haunt them here.
Sharks by 14.
Time: 2:45pm (AEDT)
Venue: Mars Stadium
Coverage: Fox Sports, Kayo Sports
Betting: Rebels $2.35, Sharks $1.60
1. Matt Gibbon, 2. Steve Misa, 3. Jermaine Ainsley, 4. Ross Haylett-Petty, 5. Matt Philip, 6. Michael Wells, 7. Richard Hardwick, 8. Isi Naisarani, 9. Ryan Louwrens, 10. Andrew Deegan, 11. Marika Koroibete, 12. Billy Meakes, 13. Campbell Magnay, 14. Andrew Kellaway, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty (c). Reserves: 16. Anaru Rangi, 17. Cameron Orr, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Gideon Koegelenberg, 20. Angus Cottrell, 21. Rob Leota, 22. Frank Lomani, 23. Tom English
1. Ox Nche, 2. Kerron van Vuuren‚ 3. Thomas du Toit‚ 4. Ruben van Heerden‚ 5. Hyron Andrews‚ 6. James Venter‚ 7. Tyler Paul‚ 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe‚ 9. Sanele Nohamba‚ 10. Curwin Bosch‚ 11. Makazole Mapimpi‚ 12. Andre Esterhuizen‚ 13. Jeremy Ward‚ 14. Madosh Tambwe‚ 15. Aphelele Fassi. Reserves: 16. Craig Burden, 17. Mzamo Majola, 18. John-Hubert Meyer, 19. Le Roux Roets, 20. Henco Venter, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Marius Louw, 23. Lwazi Mvovo