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    Saturday Match Rebels A v Force

    Not sure what the go is, first I've heard/read about a Rebels A v Force match to go with the Women's pre season fixture?
    Any insights?

    From Rebels Site.

    Rebels A to Feature in the Community Against the Force

    Fri, Mar 1, 2024, 8:12 AM
    Rebels Media


    Super Round Melbourne has arrived, and we have a weekend full of rugby.

    The local action doesn't stop at Super Round, with a Rebels Rugby Saturday down at Moorabbin Rams Rugby Club, who will be hosting both the Rebels A and Rebels Super Rugby Women’s Trial match against the Western Force, with games kicking off at midday on Saturday, March 2.

    The Rebels A team, comprised of a mix of Melbourne Rebels players and some local talent will feature at Moorabbin before the Super W Trial at 2pm.

    The team selected by Rebels Assistant Coach of Elite Pathways, Rob Taylor, features a front row of Rebels Cabous Eloff, Ethan Dobbins and Moorabbin Rams product Pone Fa'amausili, in what will be an imposing forward pack taking on the Force.

    A backline highlighted by Australian Under 20 stars Mason Gordon and David Vaihu, will look to use their powerful platform to take any advantage made by their hulking pack.

    The group also draws on players that have come through the community channels, with players hailing from the Dewar Shield and Pathways Programs in Melbourne. With the likes of Ottavio Tuipoltu and Wyatt Ballenger set to make an impact off the bench.

    Not only is it the biggest weekend of Super Rugby on the calendar in Burn City, but it will also be a great week jam-packed full of local rugby events. Local clubs have hosted Super Rugby Open training sessions across Melbourne, there will be a Rebels signing session on Gosch’s Paddock for Day 1 of Super Round from 5pm.

    Starters
    1. Cabous Eloff

    2. Ethan Dobbins

    3. Pone Fa'amausili

    4. Angelo Smith

    5. Daniel Maiava

    6. Stuart Tualima

    7. Kohan Herbert

    8. Maciu Nabolokasi

    9. Jack Maunder (c)

    10. Mason Gordon

    11. TBC

    12. Lebron Naea

    13. David Vaihu

    14. Lukas Ripley

    15. Glen Vaihu

    Reserves
    16. Timma Faiangannuku

    17. Ottavio Tuipolotu

    18. Liam Chapman

    19. Nick Roostan

    20. Wyatt Ballenger

    21. Xander Iosefo

    22. Moses Poreo

    23. Zac Landsman

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Not sure what the go is, first I've heard/read about a Rebels A v Force match to go with the Women's pre season fixture?
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    It was mentioned in the Members' Line Break email sent out on Wednesday as follows:

    Force A v Rebels A & Force women v Rebels women @ Moorabbin this Saturday

    For any Force fans in Melbourne this weekend, our women’s and Force A men’s teams will take on the Melbourne Rebels in games at Moorabbin Rams Rugby Football Club on Saturday. We encourage you to get along!

    Force A v Rebels A, 12pm AEDT, Moorabbin
    Force women v Rebels women, 2pm AEDT, Moorabbin


    No Force team details though and, given the way we are stacking up the injuries & already having to draft in players from outside the original squad as injury cover, scheduling in another unnecessary away game for an "A" side may not be the wisest idea at the moment...

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    Might end up the Moorabbin Force or Western Rams...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tjs10 View Post

    No Force team details.
    It will be all the players they stole in 2017

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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    It will be all the players they stole in 2017
    Was having a quick look the other day, are there any left? Think Hardwick was last one yeah?
    There's Force refugees still there, but I don't think anyfrom the 2017 debacle?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leo86 View Post
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    Think he went over in 2020, was in Perth for GRR?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Think he went over in 2020, was in Perth for GRR?
    Correct. I remember now being shitty about losing him to rugby in Australia and he lost his aussie elegibilty due to the farce of scrapping a team will make the other four stronger.

    Then was annoyed he ended up at the Rebels anyway

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    Interesting team being rolled out:

    Western Force A team list

    Starting XV: Regi Churchward, Ben Funnell, Atu Moli, Caleb Karangaroa, Jhy Legg, Mitch Watts, Ollie Callan, Titi Nofogatotoa, Ian Prior, Finn Prass, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Bayley Kuenzle, Nikolai Foliaki, Henry O’Donnell, Justin Landman

    Reserves: Albert Alcock, Angus Websdale, Wilton Rebolo, William Browne, HD Stemmet, Henry Robertson, Ollie Cummins, Ryan McGloin

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    Half Time

    Rebels A 19 Force A 7

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    Rebels A 33 Force A 31

    Tries Callan, Cummins, McGloin, Robertson (2)

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    Simon Cron: “People talk about winning and losing all the time and they are critical, but there’s a process to get into and it’s the ability to stay present, do your job and execute skills under pressure.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
    Interesting team being rolled out:

    Western Force A team list

    Starting XV: Regi Churchward, Ben Funnell, Atu Moli, Caleb Karangaroa, Jhy Legg, Mitch Watts, Ollie Callan, Titi Nofogatotoa, Ian Prior, Finn Prass, Taqele Naiyaravoro, Bayley Kuenzle, Nikolai Foliaki, Henry O’Donnell, Justin Landman

    Reserves: Albert Alcock, Angus Websdale, Wilton Rebolo, William Browne, HD Stemmet, Henry Robertson, Ollie Cummins, Ryan McGloin
    Wonder how many minutes Moli made and how Rebolo is going as he didn't rate a start. Should Coxson miss a game or two we are really exposed ATM. I suppose the coach has his NZ spies on the lookout as well. Naiyaravoro is still in the mix so he must have improved some.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Wonder how many minutes Moli made and how Rebolo is going as he didn't rate a start. Should Coxson miss a game or two we are really exposed ATM. I suppose the coach has his NZ spies on the lookout as well. Naiyaravoro is still in the mix so he must have improved some.
    Worth watching the post match Media Conference, some reading between the lines to be done.
    Linked in the last Force article I posted in that thread.
    It is an interesting thing that there is a dearth of Looseheads rather than Tightheads in Australia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgs View Post
    Worth watching the post match Media Conference, some reading between the lines to be done.Linked in the last Force article I posted in that thread.It is an interesting thing that there is a dearth of Looseheads rather than Tightheads in Australia.
    I read that to mean we're looking for looseheads rather than tightheads are more available.(But since we've put number 7 onto the field it's also likely that were thinning the market considerably

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tazzmania View Post
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    Rebels A 33 Force A 31

    Tries Callan, Cummins, McGloin, Robertson (2)
    2 tries to Robertson, he is very good, we have 4 good quality half backs but no props unfortunately

    Good to see Cummins on score sheet as well, I know a lot over east had big wraps on him

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