Izzy Makes Opposition Dizzy

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Big Izzy is set to be unleashed on the Rebels. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au/Getty Images

Rebels v Waratahs
AAMI Park
Friday May 23 – 7:40 PM (AEST)

Form
Rebels:
LWLLW
Waratahs: LWLWW


The Waratahs  looked like they might have peaked too early. Beating the Force and the Reds in Rounds 1 and 2, the Tahs didn't win consecutive games again, until last week. Following a disappointing loss to the Blues last month, they've bounced back to beat the Hurricanes and the Lions in thrillers. The Rebels  are also coming off a win, upsetting the Reds in Brisbane 30-27.

Izzy Falou is becoming the 'go to' man for the Waratahs. Almost every time he touches the ball, something magical happens. Running the ball for over 107 metres against the Lions, he kept creating opportunities for the Tahs. Robbie Horn is another one impressing. Scoring two five-pointers, he ran just over 100 metres and broke the line twice. Coach Michael Cheika has made two changes to the starting side, with lock Jacques Potgieter returning to the No.4 jersey and Alofa Alofa on the wing beside Adam Ashley-Cooper. Hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau will become the fifth most capped Waratah when he runs out on Friday. With a total of 11 players added to the Wallabies squad, confidence should be high for the Tahs.

With Scott Higginbotham leading the charge, the Rebels were able to get up over the Reds last Saturday. Leading most of the game, the Rebels almost let it slip when they conceded a penalty to give the Reds an opportunity to level the game. But a red card to Reds forward Ed O’Donoghue (gouging) was all Jason Woodward needed to win the game for the Rebels. Wallabies selection for Higginbotham was of no surprise considering his form this season. Coach Tony McGahan has made just two changes to his starting side. Rookie scrumhalf Ben Meehan gets his chance, replacing the injured Luke Burgess. Former Waratah Josh Holmes makes his debut for the Melbourne franchise after signing with the Rebels a fortnight ago.

The Waratahs must continue winning if they hope to stay in the top six. For the Rebels, there is a slim hope, but they can’t lose a game for the rest of the season.


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