Rebels make three changes

Fri, 26 Apr 2013 08:07
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The Rebels have made three changes for Sunday's match against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

The Rebels have made three changes for Sunday's match against the Crusaders in Christchurch.

Foundation Rebel Jarrod Saffy and rookie Tom English have both been promoted to the run on side, while Gareth Delve returns to the bench.

It is a timely return for Delve, who has fully recovered from a series of minor injuries over the past month. He will no doubt be called upon in the latter stage of the match.

Having not been in the 22 since Round Six, Saffy has forced his way into the starting line up after some industrious play off the bench, and as a clear standout through the Rebel Rising program. He will replace Luke Jones who has been named on the reserves bench.

With a knee injury all but ending Richard Kingi's season, Jason Woodward will move to fullback, with Tom English getting his first opportunity to start in the vacated wing position.

The former Waverly College student failed to get on the field for the majority of 2012, courtesy of an injury suffered playing for the Australian Sevens side. Tom now finds himself in the starting team to face arguably the greatest Super Rugby franchise in the competition's history.

For English, this is a chance to repay the faith shown by the Rebels coaches for giving him the initial opportunity, and now his first ever professional start.

"It has been a long road back form injury and the journey is one I have learnt a lot from," said English.

"I was given a chance in late 2012 with an EPS contract. They showed an enormous amount of faith in me from the beginning, having signed me while I was still injured and requiring surgery. I want to ensure that I play well for the franchise for that reason.

"I grew up watching the Crusaders and have always enjoyed the rugby they play. This season they have been very unlucky with some of their results, but they command the ultimate respect, and we will apply ourselves accordingly."

It is a similar story for Saffy, who saw very little Rugby in 2012, however a consistent string of matches sees him play his way back into form and his favoured number 6 jersey.

The foundation Rebel gave much of the credit of his return to the medical staff at the Melbourne Rebels.

"The physios and high performance department have been fantastic in my recovery and I owe them a lot. I feel as though I am in the best physical shape I have ever been in," said Saffy

"I would obviously love to be always starting, but it is important to ensure you support your team no matter where you are placed. That is not only my ethos, but the team's as well."

Last time these two franchises met in Melbourne, the Rebels had their most historic win, beating the seven-time champion Crusaders 28-19 at AAMI Park. While Saffy did not play in the match, he remembers the result and always said that next time would be an even greater challenge.

"We are playing in the toughest provincial competition in the world and the Crusaders are the benchmark.

"They [the Crusaders] will remember what happened last time we played. However, this is a new team, with a new challenge and one I know we will be up for."

Rebels: 15 Jason Woodward, 14 Tom English, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Rory Sidey, 11 Cooper Vuna, 10 James O'Connor, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Jarrod Saffy, 5 Cadeyrn Neville, 4 Hugh Pyle, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 Ged Robinson, 1 Nic Henderson.
Replacements: 6 Shota Horie, 17 Paul Alo-Emile, 18 Luke Jones, 19 Gareth Delve, 20 Nic Stirzaker, 21 Angus Roberts, 22 Lachlan Mitchell.

Date: Sunday, April 28
Venue: AMI Stadium, Christchurch
Kick-off: 16.05 (18.05 AEST; 03.05 GMT)
Referee: Nick Briant (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand), Kane McBride (New Zealand)
TMO: Vinny Munro (New Zealand)

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Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
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Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 11 4 0 7 23
Waratahs 11 4 0 7 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 11 1 1 9 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 12 12 0 0 54
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Hurricanes 11 9 0 2 43
Highlanders 12 9 0 3 41
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
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Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 11 7 0 4 30
Bulls 11 3 0 8 15
Cheetahs 12 2 0 10 11
Sunwolves 11 1 0 10 7
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Lions 12 11 0 1 51
Sharks 12 8 1 3 38
Jaguares 11 5 0 6 24
Kings 11 4 0 7 19