Rebels Super W Team Announcement vs Brumbies

· Super W
by Rebels Media

Melbourne Rebels Super W Head Coach, Alana Thomas has made five changes to this week’s Match Day 23 to face the Brumbies at Coffs Harbour.

Amy Williams makes her second start of the season, named on the right wing, while the versatile Allysaa Lolesio-Pua will pair with Annie Buntine at inside and outside centre respectively.

French representative, Nawel Remini, looks set to provide plenty of late game value to the Rebels’ back row, selected as a replacement joining scrumhalf, Jessica Campbell, in rounding out the Rebels Super W Match Day 23.

Melbourne clash with their friends from the nation’s capital for the second time this season in what is the final match of their 2021 Super W Campaign.

The Rebels have made dramatic improvements in their fourth year of existence, particularly at the set piece and with ball in hand.

This growth was on full display during last weekend’s thrilling battle with the Queensland Reds.

Facing a determined Reds side carrying a wealth of size and experience, the Rebels went toe-to-toe with their heavily fancied foe, dominating possession and territory.

Despite having a first half try disallowed, majors to Ashley Marsters and Melanie Kawa saw the ‘hosts’ pull within ten minutes of the claiming the tournament’s biggest victory.

Though they didn’t get the result they were ultimately after, Melbourne’s grit and resilience exemplified the side’s rapid improvement and showed the Rebels Super W are a force to be reckoned with in Season 2021.

The Rebels Super W side will head into Saturday’s final contest led by the star-studded front row trio of reigning Super W Player of the Year, Janita Kareta, dual World Cup representative, Ashley Marsters, and the exciting Eirenei Nanai.

Against the imposing size of the Reds, the trio helped Melbourne’s forward pack break even at the scrums, with a 90 percent success rate.

Marsters resurgence has been especially impressive, with her physicality, brute strength, and stellar line breaking abilities all on full display last weekend.

The talented hooker scored a thrilling try and completed several bone crunching tackles in what was one of the most impressive individual games so far this season.

Another Rebel to capture the attention of the Super W world has been Melbourne’s inspirational Captain, Mel Kawa, who’s pace, carry and elite in-game management played a pivotal role in her side’s impressive eighty-minute battle.

Fresh off scoring her first try in Rebels’ colours, the gifted flanker will once again be a crucial piece in her side’s quest for their maiden win of 2021 on Saturday.

The Rebels Super W face the TAB Brumbies on Saturday, July 3 at Coffs Harbour with kick-off at 9 AM. The game can be seen ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sports.

 

No.

Position

name

NOTES

1

LOOSEHEAD PROP

Janita Kareta (FR)

 

2

HOOKER

Ashley Marsters (FR)

 

3

TIGHTHEAD PROP

Eirenei Nanai (FR)

 

4

LEFT LOCK

Nuala O’Connor

 

5

RIGHT LOCK

Tiarah Minns

 

6

LEFT FLANKER

Michaela Maunsell

 

7

RIGHT FLANKER

Melanie Kawa ©

 

8

NUMBER EIGHT

Willow Rowland

 

9

SCRUMHALF

Georgia Cormick

 

10

FLYHALF

Jade Te Aute

 

11

LEFT WING

Kelera Ratu

 

12

INSIDE CENTRE

Allysaa Lolesio-Pua

 

13

OUTSIDE CENTRE

Annie Buntine

 

14

RIGHT WING

Amy Williams

 

15

FULLBACK

Jemma Collins

 

Replacements:

 

 

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

 

16.

RESERVE

Emily Harvey

 

17.

RESERVE

Celeste Utumapu

 

18.

RESERVE

Maryann Utai

 

19.

RESERVE

Norma Fuaiva’a

 

20.

RESERVE

Nawel Remini

 

21.

RESERVE

Jessica Campbell

 

22.

RESERVE

Kirsty Matapa

 

23.

RESERVE

Sarah Hogan

 

 

 

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