Melbourne Rebels v Force Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between the Melbourne based Rebels and the Perth based Western Force the Perth side has won one match and the Rebels five.

The teams have already met this year and in that clash the Rebels beat the Force 17-21 in Perth.

Overall the Rebels have played the Western Force 9 times since they joined Super Rugby in 2011 and the Rebels have won one match and lost two.

That gives the Rebels a record of winning 78% of their matches against the Western Force.

The average score – regardless of venue – when the teams meet is Rebels 25 Force 25.

This weekend the match will be played in Melbourne which is home for the Rebels and where the teams have met on four occasions. In those four matches the Force have won one match and the Rebels three.

That gives the Rebels a record of winning 75% of their home matches against the Western Force. The Force won the first match in 2011 but the Rebels have won the last three matches.

The average score when the Rebels play the Force in Melbourne is : Rebels 27 Force 24.

The Rebels have won their last four matches in a row at home.

The Rebels are in 10th place in the standings after 15 matches. They have won 7 of their 15 matches. The Rebels have played 7 matches at and won four.

The Western Force are in last place in the standings after 15 matches. The Force have won two matches this season and they have played 7 matches away from home and won one.

In terms of selections the Rebels have named an unchanged team for this week. The match will be the final match for a number of departing Rebels players such as Scott Higginbotham and Paul Alo-Emile.

The Force have made a number of changes as back-rower Angus Cottrell will start at the back of the scrum in place of Ben McCalman and Cottrell’s position on the blindside flank will be taken by Chris Alcock

Steve Mafi returns to the starting line-up in place of lock Adam Coleman, Mafi will pack down alongside Sam Wykes, who is set to play his 87th and final match for the Force.

In the front row, Tetera Faulkner has been reinstated in the starting tighthead prop role. Prop Oliver Hoskins, lock Wilhelm Steenkamp and back-rower Brynard Stander all return to the match squad as part of an extended bench, while Patrick Dellit is also in line to play his final match for the Western Australian squad.

The Bookies have given the a Force a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of a 100% Deposit Bonus up to $200. The Rebels are on a run at home currently and 2015 just hasn’t been the Force’s year. The Rebels should win this by 6.

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

Average score: Rebels 25 Force 25

Last six results
13 Mar 2015 Rebels v Force 21-17 Perth
18 Apr 2014 Rebels v Force 22-16 Melbourne
08 Mar 2014 Rebels v Force 7-32 Perth
06 Apr 2013 Rebels v Force 30-23 Perth
15 Feb 2013 Rebels v Force 30-23 Melbourne
20 May 2012 Rebels v Force 32-31 Perth

Rebels overall record against the Force
Played 9, Wins 7 , Losses 2, Draws 0

Match No.115: Rebels v Force
Date : Friday 12 June 2015
Venue : AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick Off local: 19:40 local, 21:40 NZST, 10:40 SAST
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Ed Martin
TMO : Peter Marshall

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. Dom Shipperley ,14. Bryce Hegarty ,15. Mike Harris ,

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

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Sam Wykes , 5. Steve Mafi , 6. Chris Alcock , 7. Matt Hodgson (c) , 8. Angus Cottrell , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Zack Holmes , 11. Nick Cummins , 12. Kyle Godwin , 13. Marcel Brache , 14. Luke Morahan , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Chris Heiberg , 18. Guy Millar , 19. Wilhelm Steenkamp , 20. Brynard Stander , 21. Ryan Louwrens , 22. Luke Burton , 23. Patrick Dellit , 24. Oliver Hoskins -(one to be omitted).

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