The second game on this busy Friday morning takes us to Australia where the Rebels host the Bulls in Melbourne. This is sure to be an entertaining match as the Bulls will target this as one of their must win matches on tour, as they spar with the Stormers for top spot on the South African conference.
The Rebels have been forced into changes following the release of their English flyhalf Danny Cipriani, as well as the injury to James O’Connor, with Kurtley Beale shifted into flyhalf, where he might even run out for Australia during the June Internationals. Julian Huxley shifts to fullback where he will play alongside centurion Mark Gerrard, who will play his hundredth game.
The Bulls would like to start their tour off with a bang, and with them playing the less fancied Rebels battling with injuries, are sure to give the full five points a good go. The Bulls team has seen consistent selections over the last few weeks and could count in their favour as they aim to end the season at the top of not only the South African log, but the overall log.
Rebels: 1. Nic Henderson, 2. Ged Robinson, 3. Rodney Blake, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 5. Hugh Pyle, 6. Luke Jones, 7. Tim Davidson, 8. Gareth Delve, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Cooper Vuna, 12. Lachlan Mitchell, 13. Mitch Inman, 14. Mark Gerrard, 15. Julian Huxley.
Replacements: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Jono Owen, 18. Al Campbell, 19. Ryan Hodson, 20. Richard Kingi, 21. James Hilgendorf, 22. Stirling Mortlock.
Bulls: Zane Kirchner Akona Ndungane, JJ Engelbrecht, Wynand Olivier, Bjorn Basson , Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard , Pierre Spies,Jacques Potgieter, CJ Stander, Juandre Kruger, Flip van der Merwe , Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle , Dean Greyling .
Replacements: Willie Wepener , Frik Kirsten , Wilhelm Steenkamp , Arno Botha , Jano Vermaak, Louis Fouche, Johann Sadie.
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 2: Julian Pritchard