AAMI Park, Melbourne, Friday 7.40pm (AEDT)
Last meeting: Round 15 2012 - Brumbies 27 bt Rebels 19 at AAMI Park
Head-to-head: Played 4 Rebels 1 Brumbies 3
In Melbourne: Played 2 Rebels 1 Brumbies 1
Referee: James Leckie (AUS)
TV: Live, FoxSports 2
TAB Sportsbet: Rebels $2.90 Brumbies $1.40
Steve Samuelson writes: Wallaby winger Joseph Tomane replaces injured Henry Speight (ribs) on the right wing for the Brumbies. The Rebels have named an unchanged side but the Brumbies should thrive in what should be an open, attacking game.
Can the Tahs pip the mighty Reds?
If the Waratahs win this weekend, the Reds will need to take a good, long look at themselves and all their myth-building.
AAP writes: The Rebels chased down a fast-starting Force for a round one win but the Brumbies, who downed the Reds, won’t allow them the same luxury. The battle of the breakdown should decide this encounter.
The Brumbies back-row, led by Test star David Pocock, dominated Queensland and rookie Rebel flanker Scott Fuglistaller will be up against it. With fullback James O’Connor sharp in his return from injury and Kurtley Beale calling the shots Melbourne have the backline talent to take on the visitors but it will depend on whether they can get any quick ball. The jostling between aspirant Test halfbacks Nick Phipps and Nic White will be key.
REBELS: James O'Connor, Lachlan Mitchell, Mitch Inman, Rory Sidey, Richard Kingi, Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps; Gareth Delve (capt), Scott Fuglistaller, Scott Higginbotham, Luke Jones, Hugh Pyle, Laurie Weeks, Ged Robinson, Nic Henderson. Reserves: Shota Horie, Paul Alo-Emile, Cadeyrn Neville, Jarrod Saffy, Nic Stirzaker, Alex Rokobaro, Tom English.
BRUMBIES: Jesse Mogg, Joseph Tomane, Andrew Smith, Christian Lealiifano, Clyde Rathbone, Matt Toomua, Nic White, Ben Mowen, David Pocock, Peter Kimlin, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, Dan Palmer, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander Reserves: Siliva Siliva, Scott Sio, Colby Faingaa, Fotu Auelua, Ian Prior, Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Coleman.