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Possibility of a wildcard team getting ahead

If the Reds win this week, there's a chance two Aussie teams will make in the final six.

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Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 3.30pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 6 2011 - Rebels 42 bt Hurricanes 25 at AAMI Park
Head-to-head:
Played 1 Hurricanes 0 Rebels 1
In Wellington:
N/A
Referee:
Jonathon White (NZL)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Hurricanes $1.25 Rebels $3.75

Greg Growden writes: The Rebels are getting cocky, and look so much better since Danny Cipriani was waved away. But the oh so unpredictable Hurricanes should put them in their place, especially after making several important team changes.

AAP writes: The Rebels will be aiming to break two records in the one go this weekend, with the club a chance to post three wins on the trot for the first time as well as their first ever overseas victory. Wins over the Crusaders and Force in the past fortnight have boosted the Rebels' confidence, but they face a tricky task against a Hurricanes side that have been both brilliant and disappointing at times this year. Rebels playmaker Kurtley Beale has flourished at five-eighth in recent weeks, and will need to put in another strong performance to get his team over the line.

HURRICANES: Andre Taylor, Alapati Leiua, Conrad Smith (c), Tim Bateman, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Victor Vito, Jack Lam, Faifili Levave, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, Dane Coles, Ben May. Reserves: Motu Matu'u, Reg Goodes, James Broadhurst, Brad Shields, Chris Eaton, Tusi Pisi, Jayden Hayward.

REBELS: Julian Huxley, Mark Gerrard, Mitch Inman, Lachlan Mitchell, Cooper Vuna, Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps, Gareth Delve (c), Tim Davidson, Luke Jones, Hugh Pyle, Cadeyrn Neville, Jono Owen, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson. Reserves: Adam Freier, Rodney Blake, Al Campbell, Tom Chamberlain, Richard Kingi, James Hilgendorf, Stirling Mortlock.

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Breakdown (Thumbnail) Possibility of a wildcard team getting ahead

If the Reds win this week, there's a chance two Aussie teams will make in the final six.

Expert tips

Fairfax's panel of experts's tips for round 18.

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Cheetahs v Waratahs

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