Rebels v Sharks Super Rugby Preview

The Melbourne Rebels and the Sharks have only played each other twice since
the Melbourne franchise joined Super Rugby in 2011.

Out of the two matches between the Rebels and the Sharks the Sharks have won
two which gives the Sharks a record of winning 100% of their matches against
the Rebels.

The Rebels hosted the first match between the teams and the Sharks edged the
home side 32-34.

In the second match between the teams the Sharks were at home and they hammered
the Rebels 7-64 in Durban – a week after losing heavily to the Brumbies.

That 7-64 victory last year remains the Sharks biggest ever victory in Super
Rugby. The Rebels of 2014 are a different side to the one they played in 2013.

The 2014 Rebels have a tackling success rate of 89%, the men from Melbourne
top the charts in this area of play. The Cell C Sharks have been less successful
in that regard (85%), but their general defence is still the best in the competition,
despite leaking four tries against the Highlanders last week.

The Rebels have played 4 matches at home in 2014 and they have won 3 including
their last two matches. Their one loss was to the Crusaders and they beat the
Force, Brumbies and Cheetahs.

The Sharks in comparison have played two matches away from home and they have
won one and lost one.

The stats suggest that the Rebels will be the stronger team at home but as
the Sharks lost to the Highlanders last week they will have been given a scare.

The Bookies
have given the Rebels a 4 point start for this Match
– with an
offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet.
We expect the Sharks to be a
vastly improved side compared to last week. The Sharks should edge
this one by 3.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in
the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Rebels 20 Sharks 49

Last two results
23 Mar 2013 Rebels v Sharks 7-64 Durban
11 Mar 2011 Rebels v Sharks 32-34 Melbourne

Rebels overall record against the Sharks
Played 2 , Wins 0, Losses 2 , Draws 0

Match No. 69: Rebels v Sharks
Date :Friday 2 May
Venue : AAMI Park
Kick Off local: 19:40
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1: Rohan Hoffmann
Assistant Ref 2: James Leckie
TMO: Peter Marshall

Teams

Rebels

1. Cruze Ah-Nau*,2. Shota Horie,3. Laurie Weeks,4. Cadeyrn Neville,5. Luke
Jones,6. Colby Fainga’a,7. Scott Fuglistaller,8. Scott Higginbotham (C),9. Luke
Burgess,10. Bryce Hegarty,11. Tom English,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14.
Male Sau,15. Jason Woodward

Replacements : 16. Pat Leafa,17. Max Lahiff,18. Paul Alo-Emilie,19. Hugh Pyle,20.
Sean McMahon,21. Nic Stirzaker,22. Tom Kingston,23. Angus Roberts

* Denotes first Super Rugby start

Sharks

15. Lwazi Mvovo , 14. Odwa Ndungane , 13. Paul Jordaan , 12. Heimar Williams
, 11. JP Pietersen , 10. Francois Steyn , 9. Charl McLeod , 8. Ryan Kankowski
, 7. Jean Deysel , 6. Marcell Coetzee , 5. Stephan Lewies , 4. Willem Alberts
, 3. Jannie du Plessis , 2. Bismarck du Plessis (C) , 1. Tendai Mtawarira

Replacements : 16. Kyle Cooper , 17. Dale Chadwick , 18. Lourens Adriaanse
, 19. Etienne Oosthuizen , 20. Keegan Daniel , 21. Cobus Reinach , 22. Fred
Zeilinga , 23. SP Marais

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