Brumbies vs Rebels

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Brumbies vs Rebels

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  1. Alehana

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    Canberra Stadium

    The Brumbies could open up a seven-point conference advantage over their Australian rivals if things go perfectly for them and elsewhere this weekend.

    By the time they kick-off in Canberra, the surprise package of the tournament will have seen whether Western Force have got the number on the Waratahs while the Reds sit out on a desperately-needed bye week, something they hope will help repair the damage of the dismal defence of their title so far.

    Granted the Queenslanders overcame the Brumbies 20-13 last weekend but with the absence of Quade Cooper and struggling form of Will Genia, the holders need to improve dramatically if they are to make the play-offs as top dogs in Australia. Their struggle means there is real hope for Jake White's side.

    This week they meet the Rebels in what is a must-win in order to recover from that aforementioned defeat. One strong performer last week, Peter Kimlin, is dropped from the XV as Fotu Auelua and Michael Hooper join captain and now blinside flanker Ben Mowen in the back-row. The return of Scott Fardy is good for the side while they will hope that Jesse Mogg can continue his impressive recent form. Andrew Smith is dropped for Tevita Kuridrani at centre.

    What has been interesting is White's lack of favourtism towards the so-called big names as this week Ben Alexander is given a week riding the pine. He has not been the only international to have to spend time on the bench as Stephen Moore has regularly been replaced for Anthony Hegarty. Great to see from the South African as it has instilled a sense of hunger for the jersey, something which has seen players like Sam Carter and Joe Tomane flourish.

    Their opponents on Saturday are a side very much struggling to find top gear. While they have the star names they have yet to click and find themselves in twelfth position in the overall table after losing their three opening games before beating the Force, losing to the Highlanders and edging the Blues.

    However that most recent positive result means they come into this one full of confidence and also consistency as an unchanged back-line is given the green light to cause the Brumbies problems. Let's face it, a fully firing Danny Cipriani, James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale can do damage to any defence.



    The teams:

    Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben Mowen (capt), 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ruaidri Murphy.
    Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Andrew Smith.

    Melbourne Rebels: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 James O'Connor, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (c), 7 Jarrod Saffy, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Al Campbell, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
    Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Eddie Aholelei, 18 Michael Lipman, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Julian Huxley, 22 Lloyd Johansson.

    Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

    http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,16024_7669118,00.html

    Odds

    Brumbies $1.45
    Rebels $2.70
     
  2. Alehana

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    Brumbies ease past woeful Rebels




    14th April 2012 10:38
    [​IMG]Five-try Brumbies: Skipper Ben Mowen scores for the hosts




    The Brumbies bounced back with maximum points from last week's loss to go top of the Aussie conference after demolishing the Rebels 37-6 in Canberra on Saturday.


    A first-half blitz by the Brumbies laid the platform for a crucial bonus-point victory with the game pretty much over at half-time thanks to the home side's 30-6 lead.

    The win is a big boost for Jake White's troops ahead of their two-week tour of South Africa, while another Rebels loss will undoubtedly ask questions of the Melbourne side, who have conceded their fifth defeat of the season and also their eighth straight defeat while on the road.

    The Brumbies dominated territory and possession from the outset and were rewarded with two Christian Lealiifano penalties in the opening 10 minutes.

    The visitors hardly touched the ball in the early stages but they struck back after 15 minutes with a massive 53 metre penalty from former England fly-half Danny Cipriani.

    But the Brumbies responded immediately when inside centre Pat McCabe brushed aside fellow Wallaby James O'Connor to score under the posts.

    O'Connor replied with a penalty, only for the Brumbies to seize control with tries for flanker Michael Hooper and lock Scott Fardy, both coming from sloppy defending around the edge of the rucks.

    Things went from bad to worse for the Rebels when skipper Gareth Delve was shown a yellow card for persistent offences.

    During his 10 minutes off the field the Brumbies scored a fourth try when skipper Ben Mowen steamed onto an inside ball from McCabe to touch down beside the posts.

    The Rebels were far more committed in the second half and tried hard to break down the Brumbies defence, but a series of unforced errors continually handed the advantage back to the home side.

    The Brumbies absorbed everything the Rebels threw at them, then had the final say when Fardy crashed over for his second try.

    The scorers:

    For Brumbies:
    Tries: McCabe, Hooper, Fardy 2, Mowen
    Cons: Lealiifano 2
    Pens: Lealiifano 2

    For Rebels:
    Pens: Cipriani, O'Connor

    Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Henry Speight, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Nic White, 8 Fotu Auelua, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Ben Mowen (capt), 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Dan Palmer, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ruaidri Murphy.
    Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Ita Vaea, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Andrew Smith.

    Melbourne Rebels: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Lachlan Mitchell, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 James O'Connor, 11 Mark Gerrard, 10 Danny Cipriani, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Gareth Delve (c), 7 Jarrod Saffy, 6 Luke Jones, 5 Hugh Pyle, 4 Al Campbell, 3 Rodney Blake, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
    Replacements: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Eddie Aholelei, 18 Michael Lipman, 19 Tim Davidson, 20 Richard Kingi, 21 Julian Huxley, 22 Lloyd Johansson.

    Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)

    http://www.planetrugby.com/story/0,25883,3824_7671877,00.html
     

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