Melbourne Rebels vs Stormers Live : Melbourne are bracing for an angry Stormers outfit when they look to increase their Melbourne Rebels vs Stormers ,Super Rugby Australian conference 2019 lead at AAMI Park on Friday night.The Rebels are gunning for their third straight win and first South African scalp of the year against the Stormers, who have lost their past three games.
The Rebels are coming off the back of two bonus point wins in Australia since returning from a tough tour of South Africa where they could only manage a losing bonus point.
The Stormers have had a horrible tour losing all 3 games on the road so far and failing to really make an impact in the last two games after a narrow defeat to the Canes 3 weeks ago. The Stormers have only managed 11 trys in the 7 matches so far this season which is the worst of all teams, and currently, sit bottom of the South African conference and 11th overall. However
the Rebels have managed to cross the line on 30 occasions this season and are sitting second overall
Loosehead prop Steven Kitshoff will captain the Stormers against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday.Kitshoff takes over the captaincy from Siya Kolisi, who is being rested for the final match of the Stormers’ Australasian tour.
Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck said that his team is determined to end their tour on a high on Friday.“Our focus this week is on being as accurate as possible in everything that we do in order to make the most of our opportunities.
“The players have worked hard again this week as we look to end our tour on a high note,” he said.Rebels team and injury newsSouth African coach Dave Wessels has made four changes to his matchday 23 ahead of the clash against the Stormers.
Prop Sam Talakai, hooker Robbie Abel and lock Ross Haylett-Petty have all been included in the starting forward pack, while Richard Hardwick will return to the squad as a replacement.
Wallabies winger Jack Maddocks and hooker Anaru Rangi have not been considered for selection due to suffering knee tendonitis and a rolled ankle respectively after the Rebels’ win over the Sunwolves last weekend.
Lock Matt Philip has also been sidelined with a bruised heel, while promising prop Pone Fa’amausili has been left out to face the Cape Town side.
When quizzed about his star winger’s injury, Melbourne Head Coach Dave Wessels says the decision to rest Maddocks was made less difficult given the minor nature of the injury and by also having a ready-made replacement in fellow outside back Tupou.
According to the Stormers’ official website, Kitshoff will line up alongside hooker Bongi Mbonambi and tighthead prop Wilco Louw in the front row, while Salmaan Moerat and Cobus Wiese will form a new lock partnership. Johan du Toit will cover from the bench.
Ernst van Rhyn will make his Stormers debut at openside flank in place of Kolisi, with Kobus van Dyk and Jaco Coetzee retaining their places in the loose trio.
The only change to the backline sees scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies back in the starting line-up, while wing Seabelo Senatla is set to make his first appearance of the season from the replacements bench.