Rebels unchanged for Force clash

Date published: June 11 2015

Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has named an unchanged side to face the Western Force on Friday in the final round of the Super Rugby season.

The match against the Western Force is the Rebels' last match for 2015, and McGahan has kept faith in the same players as he looks to steer his side to a fifth-straight home victory.

"I was very pleased with the efforts of the entire squad on Saturday to secure a tough win against a quality Bulls side," McGahan said. 

"It was a relatively easy decision to retain the same line-up for Saturday, in what will be another big test for our group.

"We are determined to secure a positive result to finish the season on a good note and take momentum into 2016."

Rebels co-captain Scott Higginbotham (Japan) and Paul Alo-Emile (France) will be departing Melbourne at the end of the season, and McGahan said their team-mates are determined to send them out on a positive note.

"We all want to win the final match of the campaign, and with some fantastic club men departing that desire only intensifies. We're also aware, however, that our opposition will have the same focus, so we'll need to be at our best to successful on Friday.

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Bryce Hegarty, 13 Dom Shipperley, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Cam Crawford, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (c), 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Toby Smith.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tim Metcher, 19 Sam Jeffries, 20 Scott Fuglistaller, 21 Jordy Reid, 22 Ben Meehan, 23 Tom English.

Date: Friday, June 12
Venue: AAMI Park, Melbourne
Kick-off: 19:40 local (09:40 GMT, 21:40 NZST, 11:40 SAST)
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant referees: James Leckie, Ed Martin
TMO: Peter Marshall