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Rebels ready for tame the Jaguares

Rebels ready for tame the Jaguares

The Melbourne Rebels will host the Argentinian side in the last game of the season.

Friday night will be the last time the Rebels will run on the pitch of AAMI Stadium, either for 2017 or for good.

In a season that has been distracted enough from the incompetency of the ARU to provide a clear direction to the clubs, let us not lose focus on the most important things of all: the sport we love.

The game will be played on Bastille Day, and we all know how it ended up in 1789: a group of Rebels won and nobles’ heads rolled. ARU, you’ve been warned.

Form

The Rebels have had a terrible 2017, with only one win and one draw. They are last in the Australian Conference, ten points adrift of the Tahs and only two points ahead of the Sunwolves in the overall ladder.

The Jaguares have one on six occasions this year, including a  boilover against the Waratahs last Saturday night in Sydney.  Despite their on-field success, more was expected of a team with a number of internationals in the Jaguares squad.

The Teams

For the last game at the helm of the Rebels, Tony McGahan has made two changes, with Sean McMahon and Jack Maddocks returning to the starting side. Departing Mitch Inman will farewell the Rebels celebrating a ton of Super Rugby games.

“Mad Dog” McMahon was never able to play with continuity and was sidelined for the best part of the season, while the young gun Maddocks has been out since Round 13 due to an arm injury.

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The only foundation player still at the club, Laurie Weeks has been confirmed in the starting line-up with Toby Smith and hooker Chibba Hanson. Lopeti Timpani and Steve Cummins will again combine in the second row, while McMahon will form a strong third row with Colby Fainga’a and Japanese sensation Amanaki Mafi.

However, the Rebels’ forwards will have a gargantuan task against the Jaguares. The Argentinian will have a test quality line-up, lead by Puma’s Captain Augustin Creevy. On his sides Nahuel Chaparro and Enrique Pieretto will form a formidable front row.

The Jaguares pack – formidable.

Petti and Macome will be the usual threat at the line-out, an area where the Rebels usually struggle.The Argentinian third rows will have more than hundred international caps on show with Senatore and Matera leading the way.

The Argentinian back row boasts over 100 international caps of experience, with Senatore and Matera leading the way.

Captain Stirzaker and kiwi import Garden-Bachop will have the crucial task to feed the backs and make the most of speedster Marika Koroibete.

The Jaguares midfield will again have plenty of international experience on display with Pumas Martín Landau and Nico Sánchez at 9 and 10 respectively. Youngster Emiliano Boffelli will be the player to watch in the Argentinian backs.

Prediction

The Rebels will have an extremely difficult task against a superior team, at least on paper.  Although the Jaguares have struggled for consistency, they will start as favourites and are expected to win.

Hopefully, the Rebels will not honour the French anniversary by raising a white flag.

Jaguares by 7

The Details

Rebels

1. Toby Smith
2. James Hanson
3. Laurie Weeks
4. Steve Cummins
5. Lopeti Timani
6. Sean McMahon
7. Colby Fainga’a
8. Amanaki Mafi
9. Nic Stirzaker (Captain)
10. Jackson Garden-Bachop
11. Marika Koroibete
12. Reece Hodge
13. Mitch Inman
14. Tom English
15. Jack Maddocks

Jaguares

1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
2 Agustin Creevy (Captain)
3 Enrique Pieretto
4 Guido Petti
5 Benjamin Macome
6 Pablo Matera
7 Rodrigo Báez
8 Leonardo Senatore
9 Martín Landajo
10 Nicolás Sánchez
11 Emiliano Boffelli
12 Bautista Ezcurra
13 Matías Orlando
14 Matías Moroni
15 Joaquín Tuculet


Date: Saturday, July 14

Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne

Kick-off: 19:45 AEST

Referee: Angus Gardner

Assistant Referees: Damon Murphy, James Leckie

TMO:  Damien Mitchelmore

  • Huw Tindall

    With that side the Rebels should e playing better. 5-8 all good Super Rugby players and test quality too. Decent front row and some real quality and experience in the backline. Can only put their sh!te form this season down to coaching and the whole cluster of cutting a team weighing on the players’ minds. If it’s their last game I hope they go out with a bang and bury the Pumas/Jaguares.

  • juswal

    Here’s hoping this match lives up to its potential because those lineups promise a lot.

  • Rebels Ruck

    I’m just back from overseas and this will be my first Rebels game I’m attending all year. Hopefully I’ll have a 100% win record after tonight.

  • jamie

    Decent write-up Diego.

    Not trying to knock you or anything, but a quick proofread of this may have been fruitful. Couple of repeated sentences and the like.

    Not a worry though. Just a little bit of (constructive) criticism.

    Love your enthusiasm and support of Victorian rugby, on here and on Facebook. Up the mighty Harlequin, and hopefully up the Rebels.

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