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Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Where to watch and time:
7.45 On FOX SPORTS 501
The Rebels will be hosting the Crusaders for the 1st time in 3 years when the New Zealanders come to town this weekend.
The Rebels will return home for their 2nd last home game of the season & last outing at the AAMI Park before June’s international break.
The Crusaders continue to remain the only team to be undefeated in the 2017 Vodafone Super Rugby season after they beat the Chiefs 31-24 in the Fijian capital Suva last weekend on Friday.
Scores between the 2 teams are equal at Melbourne. The Rebels defeated the Crusaders in the 1st meeting in the year 2012 before the Kiwis came back strong to win the last game in the year 2014.
The Rebels enjoy fighting the teams who put up a competition and has good success rate against them as well. Last 4 out of 5 matches have ended up within a margin of ten points or less.
38 players have been utilized this season for the Rebels. Harrison Goddard made his debut in the 2nd half against the Waratahs where we saw the Rebels set a new club record for most players used in a single season crossing the record of 37 of last year.
Two Try Substitute
Jonah Placid became the 1st player in the Rebels’ history to score 2 tries as a substitute after coming in at half-time against the Waratahs for his 2nd appearance of this season.
Reece Hodge continues to be monitored following his head knock against the Waratahs while Jack Maddocks requires additional scans on his injured arm.
Final decisions will be made on Thursday.
Last time they met
Crusaders beat Melbourne Rebels
- McNicholl 3
- Taylor 2
- Crotty 2 Whitelock
- Todd Samu tries
- Mo’unga 7
- Nadolo 3 cons
Melbourne Rebels 26:
- Naivalu tries
- Debreczeni con
The Crusaders scored a bonus point victory over a lower strength Melbourne Rebels team, winning 85-26.
The Rebels are facing injury issues with 11 players unavailable for selection & others making comebacks failed to put up a show and were outscored 13 tries to 4 as the Crusaders continued their dominant Super Rugby form at home.
The hosts could not have asked for a better start as Sam Whitelock celebrated his 100th appearance for the Crusaders, opened the scoring in the 3rd minute from a pick-and-drive after a charge down from Jimmy Tupou.
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