Hurricanes v Rebels Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last three Super Rugby matches between the Wellington based Hurricanes and the Melbourne based Rebels the Hurricanes have won two and the Rebels one.

The teams have only ever played each other three times since the Rebels joined Super Rugby in 2011 as they missed each other in the 2013 draw.

Two of the matches between the teams have been played in Melbourne and just one of the matches was in Wellington.

The Hurricanes overall record against the Rebels is played three and won two which gives them a record of winning 67% of their matches against the Rebels.

The average score when the Hurricanes play the Rebels is Hurricanes 39 Rebels 27 but in the only match that was played in Wellington the Hurricanes won 66-24.

The Hurricanes are therefore unbeaten by the Rebels in Wellington and they are still the only unbeaten team in this year’s tournament. They lead the overall standings while the Rebels are down in 10th place.

The Rebels have played five matches so far this season and they have won 2 matches. The Hurricanes have played five matches as well and they are unbeaten.

This will be the Hurricanes first home match in Wellington this year and given the way that they have played the stadium should be full and intimidating for the Rebels.

It should not be forgotten though that the Rebels have played one match already this year in New Zealand and they beat the Crusaders.

In terms of selection the Hurricanes have rested Beauden Barrett as well as Julian Savea for this week. Matt Proctor comes in for Savea and James Marshall for Barrett.

The Rebels have named former Reds and Wallabies loose forward Radike Samo on the replacements bench and a number of players in their team will be celebrating milestones.

Foundation Rebel Laurie Weeks will also overtake former player Hugh Pyle as the most-capped player in the Club’s history, moving to 59 Rebels caps.

Mitch Inman becomes the fifth player, and the first non-foundation Rebel, to reach 50 Caps for the Club, while Co-Captain Scott Higginbotham makes his 100th Super Rugby appearance.

The Bookies have given the Rebels a 13 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. While the Rebels did well in their last match on NZ soil they will be up against Super Rugby’s leading team. The Hurricanes should win this by 11.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 1/HD.

Average score: Hurricanes 39 Rebels 27

Last five results
09 May 2014 Hurricanes v Rebels 25-15 Melbourne
26 May 2012 Hurricanes v Rebels 66-24 Wellington
25 Mar 2011 Hurricanes v Rebels 25-42 Melbourne

Hurricanes overall record against the Rebels
Played 3 , Wins 2, Losses 1 , Draws 0

Match No.39:Hurricanes v Rebels
Date : Friday 27 March 2015
Venue : Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Kick Off local: 19:35 local, 17:35 AEDT, 08:35 SAST
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert
Assistant Ref 2:Shane McDermott
TMO : Aaron Paterson

Teams

Hurricanes

1. Reggie Goodes,2. Motu Matu’u,3. Ben May,4. Jeremy Thrush,5. James Broadhurst,6. Brad Shields,7. Callum Gibbins,8. Victor Vito,9. TJ Perenara,10. James Marshall,11. Matt Proctor,12. Ma’a Nonu,13. Conrad Smith (c),14. Cory Jane,15. Jason Woodward

Replacements : 16. Brayden Mitchell,17. Jeffery Toomaga-Allen,18. Chris Eves,19. Mark Abbott,20. Adam Hill,21. Chris Smylie,22. Otere Black,23. Nehe Milner-Skudder

Rebels

1. Toby Smith , 2. Pat Leafa , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Luke Jones , 5. Cadeyrn Neville , 6. Sean McMahon , 7. Scott Fuglistaller , 8. Scott Higginbotham (C) , 9. Nic Stirzaker , 10. Jack Debreczeni , 11. Sefanaia Naivalu , 12. Mitch Inman , 13. Tamati Ellison , 14. Tom English , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements: 16. Tom Sexton *, 17. Cruze Ah-Nau , 18. Paul Alo-Emile , 19. Radike Samo *, 20. Colby Fainga’a , 21. Ben Meehan , 22. Bryce Hegarty , 23. Jonah Placid

* Denotes potential Rebels debut

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