Round 10 Team Announcement vs Waratahs

· Super Rugby - AU
by Rebels Media

Melbourne Rebels’ Head Coach, Dave Wessels, has named a strong Match Day 23 ahead of his side’s must-win clash against the NSW Waratahs at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday night.

Following an eye-catching return to Super Rugby AU action last week, Wallabies’ squad member, Isi Naisarani, has been promoted to the starting line-up for the first time since last year’s qualifying final against the Reds.

Naisarani will start at number eight, replacing Vice-Captain, Michael Wells, who shifts to left-side flanker, while prestigious talent, Brad Wilkin, has been named as the Rebels’ right-side flanker.

Joining Naisarani for their first start of the season is popular enforcer, Cameron Orr, who’s been selected at loosehead prop following an impressive second half return last week.

Orr will lead a reshuffled front row alongside Jordan Uelese and Cabous Eloff.

Experienced lock, Ross Haylett-Petty, will partner with Robert Leota in the second row for the first time this season, replacing the suspended Trevor Hosea, who was yesterday found guilty of making high contact with an opponent in a ruck during last Sunday’s match against the Brumbies.

The twenty-one-year-old will now miss the Rebels’ next two matches.

Two of the Rebels most consistent performers in 2021, Joe Powell and Matt To’omua, will partner in the halves for an eighth consecutive time this season.

To’omua will be looking to become the first Melbourne Rebel to claim Super Rugby AU’s leading point scorer title, trailing Queensland’s James O’Connor by just four points heading into the final round.

The exciting pairing of Stacey Ili and Campbell Magnay will receive another opportunity to develop at outside and inside centre, while the dynamic Marika Koroibete and Frank Lomani round out the back three alongside Tom Pincus.

Selected for his sixth start of the season, Pincus was one of his side’s best players during the Rebels’ 19-point win over the Waratahs in Round 3, running for a team-high 83 metres from 8 runs. 

The twenty-eight-year-old’s speed and carry will be crucial as the Rebels look to set the tone early in Saturday’s must-win clash.

Meanwhile talented fly-half, Carter Gordon, looks set to make his Super Rugby AU debut after being named as a replacement.

The exciting twenty-year-old joined the Rebels late last year and immediately hit the ground running, impressing his new teammates with his pace, maturity and exceptional on-ball skills.

Joining Gordon in making their first appearance in Rebels’ colours will be Englishman, George Worth, who is currently on loan from English Premiership side, Leicester Tigers.

Richard Hardwick and Josh Kemeny will be called upon as cover for the backrow, while Pone Fa’amausili, James Hanson and Matt Gibbon have been named as replacements for the front row.

Melbourne Rebels’ Attack Coach, Shaun Berne, said:

“It might sound cliché, but this week’s focus has been on our game, focusing on us and what we do well at, and what areas we need to improve on.”

“Having Cameron Orr, Ross Haylett-Petty and Isi Naisarani back in the starting side brings in a lot of experience – they’re much more battle-hardened than some of our younger guys.

“We’re at the pointy-end of the season where you really do need those battle-hardened guys who have that experience in those big games, so hopefully they can bring along the younger guys with that experience.”

In what is the 22nd match between the two fierce Weary Dunlop rivals, Saturday night’s Anzac Eve clash shapes as one of the most dramatic in recent memory. 

To qualify for an impressive second consecutive finals berth, Melbourne will first need the Queensland Reds to beat the Western Force on Friday night in Perth.

A sixth win over the Waratahs come Saturday would then see the Rebels clinch the third and final spot in the 2021 Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU Finals.

The Melbourne Rebels face the NSW Waratahs in Round 10 of the Harvey Norman Super Rugby AU season on Saturday April 24 at Bankwest Stadium, beginning at 8:00 PM. The clash can be seen live on 9 Gem and Stan Sports AU.

 

No.

Position

name

NOTES

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Cameron Orr

 

2

HOOKER

Jordan Uelese

 

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Cabous Eloff

 

4

LEFT LOCK

Robert Leota

 

5

RIGHT LOCK

Ross Haylett- Petty

 

6

LEFT FLANKER

Michael Wells (VC)

 

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Brad Wilkin

 

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Isi Naisarani

 

9

SCRUMHALF

Joe Powell

 

10

FLYHALF

Matt To’omua ©

 

11

LEFT WING

Marika Koroibete

 

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Campbell Magnay

 

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Stacey Ili

 

14

RIGHT WING

Frank Lomani

 

15

FULLBACK

Tom Pincus

 

Replacements:

 

 

In order from Hooker to Full Back - Please see notes 2/3

 

16.

RESERVE

James Hanson

FR HOOKER

17.

RESERVE

Matt Gibbon

FR LH

18.

RESERVE

Pone Faamausili

FR TH

19.

RESERVE

Steve Cummins

 

20.

RESERVE

Richard Hardwick

 

21.

RESERVE

Joshua Kemeny

 

22.

RESERVE

Carter Gordon

 

23.

RESERVE

George Worth

 

24.

 

 

 

25.

 

 

 

 

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