Time For A Rebellion

Source: Mark Evans/foxsports.com.au
The Rebels have a tough task ahead of them when they face the Sharks on Friday night. Source: Mark Evans/foxsports.com.au
Rebels v Sharks
Friday May 2 – 7:40 PM (AEST)

Sharks: LWWWL

In their short time in the Super Rugby competition, the Rebels  have gradually been working their way up the ladder. Finishing last in their first ever season back in 2011, they have been slowly been building a winning culture. With three wins under their belt, they have already matched the total winning record of their inaugural season. They will need that winning mentality when they face the competition leaders, the Sharks,  at AAMI Park.

Coming off the bye, the Rebels have named Wallabies scrumhalf Luke Burgess in the starting line-up. Coach Tony McGahan hopes the experience and physicality Burgess injects will be a valuable asset against the Sharks. Prop Cruze Ah-Nau has been promoted to the run-on, with Toby Smith ruled out due to a shoulder injury. The re-signing of flanker Scott Fuglistaller will hopefully provide an added boost to home team

The Sharks are on fire. Having only lost two games so far this season, they are simply the best team in the competition. But coming off a shock 34-18 loss to the Highlanders last week in Durban, the Sharks will look to get back into the winners' circle. The Sharks have made a total of eight changes to the starting side. At the back, Odwa Ndungane returns to the wing, with JP Pietersen shifting to left wing to replace the injured Sbura Sithole. Frans Steyn has been named at flyhalf, pushing Tim Swiel to the bench. Upfront, Ryan Kankowski returns at No.8 for Keegan Daniel, with Jean Deysel and Bismarck du Plessis both back after missing the Highlanders game. Willem Alberts shifts back to lock, with Kyle Cooper and Etienne Oosthizen benched.

While the Rebels are definitely improving year-by-year, they still are a fair way off the competition leaders. Plus the Sharks have not lost two in a row so far this year, so expect the visitors to come away with the points.

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