Thu. Jul 18th, 2019

Everything you need to know about the Rebels vs Bulls

The Bulls are in Melbourne, Australia for their first match of their Australasia tour against the Rebels.

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The Rebels will host the Bulls at AAMI Park in Melbourne this Friday.

This is the beginning of the Bulls’ Australasia tour, and head coach Pote Human made it clear he wants his team to perform well.

“Our performance against the Rebels will be a crucial indicator of our prospects for the rest of the season. We need to start the tour well, but more importantly, we need to get some self-respect back after our poor showing in front of the Loftus faithful last weekend.

“We owe it to them, but also ourselves to show some intent and some desire to win this competition.”

Bulls captain, Handré Pollard, also said the Rebels have shown how good they are on preying on weaknesses in their opponents’ make-up.

“And to be fair, we showed that we have a couple of areas to improve upon. That said, the one thing about this squad you cannot fault is to take it on the chin and then just work harder. We all want to be there at the end of the race, we want to play in the knock-out phase and then the final. I believe we have the players to do exactly that,” he said.

Rebels team and injury news

Rebels loose forwards Richard Hardwick and Rob Leota have been promoted to the side’s Starting XV for this Friday’s match.

Hardwick, who came off the bench in last week’s big win over the Reds, has been elevated to the number seven jersey, while Leota will step up to the number eight jersey.

Matt To’omua could potentially make his long-awaited Rebels debut, starting as a replacement after being released a week early by English Club Leicester.

It could be To’omua’s first Super Rugby game since he played 88 games for the Brumbies between 2008-2016.

He will be joined by Sam Jeffries who will return to the side to bolster the forward stocks, finishing off a 5-3 split on the bench.

Luke Jones and Isi Naisarani were the two players left out of the side, after both suffered a fractured eye socket and a foot injury respectively in last Friday’s victory over the Reds.

In better news for the team, Quade Cooper has been cleared to play following a nasty incident where the number 10 was concussed by a knee to the head form Reds skipper Samu Kerevi.

Bulls team and injury news

Hanro Liebenberg and Warrick Gelant have both been included in the Bulls’ starting XV after they missed last weekend’s clash against the Crusaders due to injury.

Gelant comes in for Divan Rossouw at fullback, while Liebenberg takes over from Jannes Kirsten at flank.

Rossouw and Kirsten drop to the bench as utility back and forward respectively, with Dylan Sage and Thembelani Bholi missing out on the opening tour match.

In another change to the pack, Paul Schoeman starts at blindside in place of Marco van Staden, who moves to the bench.

Kick off time

Friday, 17 May at 11:45 (SAST).

TV and live stream

The game will be broadcast live on SuperSport 1 (SS1).

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