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SUPER RUGBY TRANS-TASMAN ROUND 5

MELBOURNE REBELS VS CANTERBURY CRUSADERS

SATURDAY JUNE 12, 2.35 PM, LEICHHARDT OVAL, SYDNEY

A rare Saturday afternoon Super Rugby fixture occurs at Leichhardt as the Rebels, who are calling Sydney home currently, due to Covid in Melbourne, take on Canterbury, in their last fixture for the season.  Canterbury need a bonus-point victory to give themselves a chance of qualifying for the Final next weekend, back in NZ, as the Kiwis have dominated this iteration of Super Rugby, but even then need Otago to slip up against the Brumbies, whatever the case, they will know what is required, by game-time.  Melbourne have had a rugged time of it, on and off the field in this short competition, after a good effort in the Australian leg of the season, they are point-less and only ahead of the Tahs on points differential.  Wind looks to be the only weather element that could interfere with this from being, ideal conditions, while a small but parochial crowd will be on hand, at the iconic venue.

Melbourne are not giving up on their pride or their achievements of earlier in the year, and have named the same 8 forwards that did battle last weekend against Waikato, their strongest team.  There are some changes in the backline though, as Toomua, Ili and Anderson are out of this side, replaced by Glen Vaihu, Andrew Kellaway and Frank Lomani, at inside centre, outside centre and wing respectively.  Canterbury have a strong forwards group available to them here, and have named George Bower at prop and Brodie McAlister to return at hooker, while Whitelock returns at lock, and Blackadder at flanker, and Douglas switches to the number 8 position, replacing Grace.  Drummond and Mo’unga return in the halves, signalling the Crusaders mean business here, as does Reece’s inclusion on the wing.

It was a bitterly disappointing affair for Melbourne last time they met Canterbury, albeit in Christchurch, as the Crusaders ran rough-shod over them, winning 66-0; while last time in Melbourne it was a similar result as the Rebels were flogged 55-10.  Despite not being assured of a Final berth, even if they win here, Canterbury are $1.70 favourites to win this title, while Melbourne are playing for pride and futures.  Canterbury are borderline ridiculously short odds of $1.015 to win this game, while the Rebels are not a hope at $15 and +27 in the handicap market, although it may be too little too late, if Otago record a bonus-point win against the Brumbies and Auckland win.

PREDICTION: Canterbury by at least 2 dozen.

BETTING TIP: $2.60 for Reece to get a pair of tries is good value.

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