Melbourne Rebels v Bulls Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last three Super Rugby matches between the Melbourne based Rebels and the Pretoria based Bulls the Pretoria side have won all three.

The Rebels have played the Bulls three times since they joined Super Rugby in 2011 and the Bulls have yet to lose to the Rebels.

The sides have met twice in Pretoria and once in Melbourne and the closest the Rebels came to beating the Bulls was in Melbourne when they lost 35-41.

The average score when the Rebels play the Bulls is Rebels 17 Bulls 43 across all venues and 35-41 from the one match in Melbourne.

The Rebels have played 14 matches so far this season and they have won six and lost eight. They are in 10th place overall on 31 points which is five points behind the Bulls who are in 9th place.

The Rebels have played 6 matches at home in Melbourne and won 3.

The Bulls have also played 14 matches and they have won 7 matches and lost seven matches. Away from home the Bulls have played 7 matches and won two. The Bulls are on a three match losing streak and have yet to win outside of South Africa.

In terms of selection the Bulls have chosen to rest Handre Pollard and Adriaan Strauss for this week. Victor Matfield is however in the starting line up for what could be his final game for the Bulls.

The Bulls have made seven changes in all to the team that lost to the Brumbies last week. There are three changes in the backline and four in the forward pack.

Ludeke has also chosen to rest Jurgen Visser, Bjorn Basson by naming them on the replacements bench and started Jesse Kriel and Travis Ismaiel instead.

Jaco Visagie will be on the bench and he is joined by back-up flyhalf Tian Schoeman who joined the touring party on Tuesday. In the forwards the injured Deon Stegmann is replaced by Lappies Labuschagne, with Grant Hattingh moving to the bench to make way for Victor Matfield who will play in his 148th match at this level. Jacques du Plessis starts at seven and Arno Botha moves to the bench.

The Rebels are a little more settled as they have made four changes Paul Alo-Emile starts for his 50th Rebels Super Rugby caps and Cam Crawford is named for his first start at AAMI Park.

Tamati Ellison returns from a short injury layoff and Nic Stirzaker starts after coming off the bench last weekend. In the replacements, young Rebels Sam Jeffries, Ben Meehan and Tim Metcher are all included in the matchday 23.

The Bookies have given the Bulls a 2 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Bulls have chosen to rest some of their best players which will most likely cost them as the Rebels have been tough to beat all season. The Rebels should win this by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Rebels 17 Bulls 43

Last three results
11 Jul 2014 Rebels v Bulls 7-40 Pretoria
04 May 2012 Rebels v Bulls 35-41 Melbourne
14 May 2011 Rebels v Bulls 10-47 Pretoria

Rebels overall record against the Bulls
Played 3 , Wins 0 , Losses 3, Draws 0

Match No.109 :Rebels v Bulls
Date : Saturday 6 June 2015
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 15:30 local, 17:30 NZST, 07:30 SAST
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO :Ian Smith

Teams

Rebels

1. Toby Smith ,2. Pat Leafa ,3. Paul Alo-Emile ,4. Luke Jones ,5. Lopeti Timani ,6. Sean McMahon ,7. Colby Fainga’a ,8. Scott Higginbotham (c), 9. Nic Stirzaker,10. Jack Debreczeni ,11. Cam Crawford ,12. Mitch Inman ,13. Tamati Ellison,14. Dom Shipperley ,15. Mike Harris ,

Replacements : 16. Tom Sexton ,17. Cruze Ah-Nau ,18. Tim Metcher,19. Sam Jeffries ,20. Jordy Reid,21. Ben Meehan,22. Bryce Hegarty ,23. Tom English

Bulls

Jesse Kriel, Francois Hougaard, JJ Engelbrecht, Burger Odendaal, Travis Ismaiel, Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Rudy Paige, Pierre Spies (c), Jacques du Plessis, Lappies Labuschagne, Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe, Marcel van der Merwe, Callie Visagie , Dean Greyling.

Replacements: Jaco Visagie, Trevor Nyakane, Werner Kruger, Grant Hattingh Arno Botha, Tian Schoeman, Bjorn Basson, Jurgen Visser.

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