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They secured one just one victory all season as they propped up the Super Rugby table, astonishingly residing below the Sunwolves, who appeared destined to take that position once again.
Hopes are higher this time around, however, with the Melbourne outfit especially benefiting from the Western Force’s culling from the competition. David Wessels has been brought in and 11 players have joined, which includes captain and Wallaby second-row Adam Coleman and full-back Dane Haylett-Petty.
Will Genia has also signed following his return to the country from a stint in Europe with Stade Francais and it provides an interesting subplot to this encounter. The 88-times capped international admitted that he would have signed for the Reds had spaces been available in their roster but ultimately the 30-year-old settled on the Rebels.
It will therefore be a case of the master against the apprentice when Genia goes head-to-head with James Tuttle. The Queensland hierarchy have opted for youth in the halfback position and, while Tuttle is a talent, it will be interesting to see whether he can outthink the experienced scrum-half.
The visitors will also hope that familiarity will be a factor. While boss Brad Thorn has chosen to controversially axe Quade Cooper, the core of the squad remains the same and, against a Rebels side who have yet to truly gel, it could count in their favour.
Both teams will be desperate to erase memories of a disappointing 2017 – the Reds themselves only winning four matches last year – but the hosts appear the best equipped to do that.
Wessels’ men are odds-on with the bookmakers and have plenty of exciting talent in their ranks. Alongside their new signings, Reece Hodge, Tom English and Sefa Naivalu remain and they could be an intriguing team to watch should it all come together for the AAMI Park-based outfit.
The last time the teams met: It was a tight one in Melbourne as the Reds ran out 29-24 victors at AAMI Park. It was a cruel way for the Rebels to lose, with Samu Kerevi touching down in the final minute to snatch the win. The hosts had been 17-9 behind at the interval but appeared on course for a share of the spoils after levelling the match at 24-24, but Kerevi’s decisive effort earned the visitors their first away success since 2015.
Rebels: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Jack Maddocks, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11 Sefa Naivalu, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Will Genia, 8 Amanaki Mafi, 7 Angus Cottrell, 6 Lopeti Timani, 5 Adam Coleman (c), 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Jordan Uelese, 1 Tetera Faulkner
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Fereti Sa’aga, 18 Sam Talakai, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Ross Haylett-Petty, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Semisi Tupou, 23 Billy Meakes
Reds: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Jono Lance, 9 James Tuttle, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 Adam Korczyk, 6 Caleb Timu, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 JP Smith, 18 Sef Fa’agase, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Liam Wright, 21 Tate McDermott, 22 Hamish Stewart, 23 Filipo Daugunu