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The Breakdown: fantastic week of rugby

The Waratahs have made some odd player selections this week, but they still look set to beat the Brumbies.

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Coca-Cola Park, Johannesburg, Sunday 1.05am (AEST)
Last meeting:
N/A
Head-to-head:
Played 0 Lions 0 Rebels 0
In Johannesburg: N/A
Referee: Francisco Pastrana (ARG)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 1
TAB Sportsbet:
Lions $1.25 Rebels $3.75 Draw $50.00

Greg Growden writes: Wow what a cracking game this is. The Pussycats up against the Five Point Byes, who don't have the Three Amigos. Catch up on your beauty sleep while you can.

AAP writes: After a promising mid-season surge, the Rebels’ season has unravelled. They have gone on the road for their South African safari without backline stars James O’Connor and Kurtley Beale and will be searching for attacking spark. They will need James Hilgendorf to step up in their absence at five-eighth and their forwards to outmuscle the young home side. The Lions put up a strong fight against the Stormers and are playing better without John Mitchell in charge. The game will feature a rare appearance by a ‘‘foreign’’ referee with Argentina’s Francisco Pastrana controlling affairs.

LIONS: James Kamana, Lionel Mapoe, Waylon Murray, Butch James, Anthonie Volminck, Elton Jantjies, Michael Bondesio, Joshua Strauss (c), Grant Hattingh, Derick Minnie, Franco van der Merwe, Hendrik Roodt, Jacobie Adriaanse, Callie Visagie, JC Janse van Rensburg. Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, Ruan Dreyer, Etienne Oosthuizen, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, JR Esterhuizen, Ruan Combrinck

REBELS: Julian Huxley, Mark Gerrard, Mitch Inman, Stirling Mortlock (c), Cooper Vuna, James Hilgendorf, Nick Phipps, Gareth Delve, Hugh Perrett, Tim Davidson, Al Campbell, Cadeyrn Neville, Jono Owen, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson. Reserves: Adam Freier, Paul Alo-Emile, Hugh Pyle,  Luke Jones, Richard Kingi, Lachlan Mitchell, Lloyd Johannson.

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The Waratahs have made some odd player selections this week, but they still look set to beat the Brumbies.

Expert tips

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

Chiefs v Crusaders

Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, Friday 5.35pm (AEST)

Reds v Highlanders

Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane, Friday 7.40pm (AEST)

Sharks v Bulls

Mr Price Kings Park Stadium, Durban, Sunday 3.10am (AEST)

Waratahs v Brumbies

ANZ Stadium, Sydney 7.40pm (AEST)

Blues v Force

Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.35pm (AEST)

Cheetahs v Stormers

Free State Rugby Stadium, Bloemfontein, Saturday 11pm (AEST)

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Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG -1vs FJI -1 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
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WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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Overall standings
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New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
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Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
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USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Overall standings
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Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
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