Round 2 Team Announcement

· Super Rugby - AU
by Rebels Media

Campbell Magnay’s promotion to the starting line-up looms as the big selection shock as Coach Dave Wessels made just the one change to the Rebels Match Day 23 to tackle the Reds at Brookvale on Friday night.

 

Magnay’s promotion see’s Reece Hodge shift to the bench in a move designed to manage the workload of the Wallaby super boot.

 

“Campbell is obviously coming back from a long injury layoff and Hodgey had some injuries before the break, so it’s probably just more of a case of managing both their loads,” explained Wessels at his team announcement Presser this morning.

 

“They’ve both had a huge workload over the last couple of weeks and both will be important to us during this campaign, so we’re fortunate they’re both really good players.

 

“Campbell brings something a bit different to Hodgey in terms of his size and physicality and Hodgey will certainly see a fair bit of time at the back end of the game, so we need both those options.”

 

The Brookvale fixture will mark a home game for the Rebels, and an opportunity to atone for their Round One loss to the Brumbies in Canberra, according to the coach.  

 

“We felt we finished the COVID period with some real cohesion as a group – we had a great win in Dunedin and obviously a good win against the Lions to finish, but that wasn’t anything like we saw on Saturday night.

 

“It’s been a pretty disruptive ten days for the group but what we have to do is play better on Friday night.

 

“I don’t think the opposition really matters to us at this point - we just want to play better as a team, and we know we can beat anyone in this comp when we play well.”

 

One area of play that has the coach enthusiastic is the scrum, after his men good the points over the highly fancied Brumbies pack in Canberra on Saturday night.

 

“We had four guys all starting debuts in that pack – for half the pack that was new together, I thought it was really a great achievement and certainly towards the backend of the game we had more debutants, so we were really pleased about that.

 

“Our scrum doesn’t get a good wrap in the media but the statistics around our scrum have been strong for a long period of time, so it’s not a part of the game where we don’t think we the ability to dominate the opposition.” 

 

Rebels Rd 2 Team to face the Reds on Friday night at Brookvale

 

No.

NAME

NOTES

1

Matt Gibbon

2

Jordan Uelese

3

Pone Fa’amausili

4

Matt Philip

5

Michael Stolberg

6

Josh Kemeny

7

Richard Hardwick

8

Michael Wells (VC)

9

Ryan Louwrens

10

Matt To’omua (VC)

11

Marika Koroibete

12

Billy Meakes

13

Campbell Magnay

14

Andrew Kellaway

15

Dane Haylett-Petty (C)

16.

Efitusi Maafu

17.

Cameron Orr

18.

Jermaine Ainsley

19.

Trevor Hosea

20.

Esei Haangana

21.

Rob Leota

22.

Frank Lomani

23.

Reece Hodge

 

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