Can Rebels finally mangle African hoodoo?

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The Rebels applaud their initial win of a season.

THE Melbourne Rebels face a outrageous charge to secure a initial win on South African soil.

Coach Tony McGahan knows it, though insists his side is adult for a plea as it prepares to take on a Sharks in Durban on Sunday morning.

The Rebels have mislaid all 11 of their games in South Africa.

They’ve mislaid 4 times out of 4 to a Sharks side that has also won 7 games in a quarrel during home.

The Rebels applaud their initial win of a season.

The Rebels applaud their initial win of a season.Source:Getty Images

The seasons of both teams could also not be any some-more contrasting, with a Sharks second in their discussion on a behind of 5 wins from their final 6 games, while a Rebels are stone bottom in a Australian Conference.

But carrying cumulative their initial win of a deteriorate opposite a ACT Brumbies final week, McGahan is austere a Rebels will be adult for a fight.

“They positively get adult to play good during home and they get throng support,” McGahan said.

“You’re a prolonged approach from home though that creates a plea beguiling and one that we wish to make certain we get a win from.

“First and inaugural we need to make certain we have good discipline, we need to strengthen a ball. And positively from a set square perspective, South Africans are built on a behind of that and afterwards with a clever kicking game.

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“So how we contend with those dual areas will be key.”

The Rebels have again had to ring a changes in a now fresh brazen pack.

Flanker Will Miller will make his Super Rugby debut, while Siliva Siliva (hooker) and Jake Schatz (flanker) will make their initial starts, with Lopeti Timani (suspended) and Dominic Day (injured) taken and Colby Fainga’a remaining home for a birth of his initial child.

The backline is unchanged.

“It’s a small bit unsatisfactory to get a good outcome final week, try and emanate some movement — go back-to-back — and have that disrupted,” McGahan said.

“It’s critical to have some coherence in your play, though all a immature players entrance in this week will be a beneficiaries of (those changes).”


Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban

Sunday, 3.30am

TV: Live on Fox Sports 1

TAB odds: Sharks $1.13, Rebels $6


Morale-boosting win for a Rebels final week. Expect to be competitive, though Sharks to be only too good.


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