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Reigning Super Rugby Champions the Waratahs, crashed to a shock opening round defeat at home to the Western Force last weekend, being outscored by four tries to two, with the final margin 25-15 in favour of the visitors. The Rebels who host the shell shocked Champions on Friday at the AAMI Park in Melbourne, produced as big a surprise as the Force in Round 1, when they travelled across the Tasman Sea, and beat the mighty Crusaders in Canterbury by 20-10.
The Melbourne Rebels have had mixed news from the disciplinary office following last week's victory. Their scrum half Nic Stirzaker was cited and found guilty of stamping on All Black skipper Richie McCaw, and has been suspended for one week. Better news was that the Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham, was found not guilty of a similar offence in the same match. The incident, also involving McCaw was found to have been an accident, and frees Higginbottom to play against the Waratahs.
Despite the opening round loss, the Waratahs coach Michael Cheika has kept faith with the players who made up the match day squad, with the addition of Peter Betham and Pat McCutcheon. if Benn Robinson takes to the field, he will become the equal most capped played in the Waratahs history with 136 caps, to match the total of Phil Waugh.
Posted: 23rd May 2014
The Melbourne Rebels host the Waratahs this Friday at Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in an all Australian Super Rugby clash. While the Rebels are out of contention for an end of season place in the play-offs, as they sit in 11th position in the table with just four wins from their 11 games, the Waratahs have closed the gap on the Brumbies to just a single point at the top of the Conference.
The Canberra based Brumbies are in second place on the overall table with 35 points, but the Waratahs who hold a wild card play-off place have 34 points and a game in hand on their rivals. They will be hoping that with the Brumbies away on tour in South Africa, a victory in Melbourne will raise them to the top of the Australian Conference, without using up their game in hand.
The Rebels have been hit with the news that scrum half Luke Burgess will be out for up to two months with a knee injury, sustained in the win over the Reds in Brisbane last weekend. The home side is already without Nic Stirzaker, and will have to make the choice to play in the pivotal No.9 shirt between rookie Ben Meehan and the experienced injury replacement Josh Holmes, who has previously made five substitute appearances.
Posted: 24th May 2013
The Rebels will look forward to carry on from last week’s performance against the Stormers when they host Aussie rivals the Waratahs in Melbourne this weekend. Use your exclusive membership with Live Rugby and see Melbourne Rebels v Waratahs live on your computer. The Rebels secured a stunning 30-21 win over the Stormers last weekend at AAMI Park. It was the franchise’s first ever win over South African opposition, and the achievement was more impressive given that they were without James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale.
The Tahs’ revival under Michael Cheika continued as they beat the Brumbies 28-22 in Sydney. Much of the victory was owed to versatile back Berrick Barnes, who came off the bench to score one try and set up the winning one for Peter Betham in the last quarter of the game. Barnes will start this game at inside centre outside Bernard Foley, with incumbent No.12 Rob Horne dropping to the bench.
Victory for the Tahs in Melbourne will see them inch closer to the Reds if the Queenslanders come up short in their tough game against the Stormers in Cape Town. Michael Cheika’s side are on a three game winning streak going into this game, having beaten the Kings and the Stormers before getting the better of Jake White’s Brumbies.
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Posted: 2nd March 2012
On Friday, March 2nd, the Melbourne Rebels face off against the Waratahs in Melbourne. This game will be at 08:40 GMT and 19:40 local time and it is part of the Super Rugby competition. These two teams are part of the Australian Conference, with the other two Super Rugby conferences being the New Zealand and the South African. The Waratahs have played and lost one game, so they take fourth right now with one point. The Melbourne Rebels have not yet played a game this season, so they take fifth with no points, for now.
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