Rebels v Chiefs, AAMI Park (11 30am CAT)
The Rebel Army has loads of supporters filling the stands every week, but not many victories to match. We do feel however, if the Rebels can hit their straps in this particular contest, they could catch the bumbling Chiefs off-guard. The defending champions have come through a rocky month, so they’ll be looking to this clash as an opportunity to steady the ship, and get back on course to play-off rugga. The Chiefs probably have too much firepower in this one, but don’t count out the Rebel Army, especially after a good start.
Players to watch:
The Rebels’ boy wonder
Justin Bieber will take control of the number 10 jumper once again. Much of the contest rests on his performance, along with ballsy skipper Scott Higginbotham. Expect big performances. For the Chiefs, Bundee Aki and Nanai-Williams will need a huge game in the absence of the talismanic Kahui. Up front Same Cane and Liam Messam should carry a ton of ball all day.
Prediction: Chiefs to silence the army.
1. Nic Henderson , 2. Ged Robinson , 3. Laurie Weeks , 4. Hugh Pyle , 5. Cadeyrn Neville , 6. Jarrod Saffy , 7. Scott Fuglistaller , 8. Scott Higginbotham (c) , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. James O’Connor , 11. Cooper Vuna , 12. Rory Sidey , 13. Mitch Inman , 14. Tom English , 15. Jason WoodwardReplacements : 16. Shota Horie , 17. Paul Alo-Emile , 18. Luke Jones , 19. Gareth Delve , 20. Nic Stirzaker , 21. Kurtley Beale , 22. Lachlan Mitchell
Chiefs : (W,L,L,W,W,W,L,L,W)
1.Pauliasi Manu , 2.Mahonri Schwalger , 3.Ben Tameifuna , 4.Craig Clarke (c) , 5.Brodie Retallick , 6.Liam Messam , 7.Sam Cane , 8.Matt Vant Leven , 9.Brendon Leonard , 10.Aaron Cruden , 11.Asaeli Tikoirotuma , 12.Bundee Aki , 13.Tim Nanai-Williams , 14.Lelia Masaga , 15.Gareth AnscombeReplacements :16.Hika Elliot , 17.Toby Smith , 18.Michael Fitzgerald , 19.Tanerau Latimer , 20.Augustine Pulu , 21.Robbie Robinson , 22.Patrick Osborne