Super W: Brumbies, Rebels tweak teams for round two

Super W
by staff

The Rebels are keeping things simple ahead of their Super W clash with the Brumbies in Canberra this weekend.

While the Brumbies had a solid first-up performance against the Waratahs in their opener, the Rebels suffered a record 112-0 loss to Queensland.

Brumbies coach Adam Butt said the pressure would be as much on his team as their Sunday opponents, who will be desperate to prove themselves.

"It is a different sort of pressure," he said.

"I don’t know where Rebels will be at. I assume they’re going to come out and absolutely try to flog us.

"I’m sure they’ve got a fire in their belly. It’s never easy being on the end of a hiding, so it’s going to be tough."

Second-game flyhalf Claudia Obst will make her first start for the Brumbies this weekend and said they wouldn't be letting any complacency creep in.

"I don’t think we should be taking this game very lightly," she said.

"They’re actually quite a strong team and we’l have to give them everything we have to win that game."

Prop Violeta Tupuola comes into the starting front row to combine with Louise Burrows and Peta Cox with the remainder of the pack staying the same.

Biola Dawa starts on the wing in place of Ngawai Eyles, while Emily McDonald and Darcy Reed come onto the pine to complete the quartet of moves.

Obst has a simple mission from Butt in her first run-on opportunity.

"We expect her to flatten the attack up, we want to bring that fainline closer to us," he said.

"It thought we were a bit deep last weekend. So, she’ll bring that speed onto the ball and that pressure on our defensive line."

Rebels coach Alana Thomas said she didn't want her team to overthink heir round one defeat, instead ensuring their minds her on the task at hand.

After a loss like that you can tend to over-analyse things, so we’ve just got to get them focussing on the key things we’ve got to improve on like playing to our structure and moving quickly forward,” she said.

“When we play our structures, I believe we play quite well, and we have the skills and the abilities to match it with the sides that we’re playing.”

The Brumbies take on the Rebels on Sunday March 3 at Seiffert Oval, Queanbeyan, kicking off at 3pm AEDT, LIVE on Kayo Sports and


IN:  Biola Dawa, Paige Penning, , Emily McDonald, Darcy Reed

OUT: Anna Koravata, Ngawai Eyles, Sharyn Laws, Carly Hill

Brumbies to play Rebels

1. Violeta Tupuola

2. Louise Burrows

3. Peta Cox

4. Emily Sogal

5. Shellie Millward (C)

6. Michaela Leonard

7. Georgia O’Neill

8. Tayla Stanford

9. Remi Wilton

10. Claudia Obst

11. Brooke Gilroy

12. Sammie Wood

13. Michelle Perry (Vc)

14. Biola Dawa

15. Rachael Crothers


16. Harriet Elleman

17. Stephanie Stewart-Jones

18. Paige Penning

19. Grace Kemp

20. Irene Macarthur

21. Jane Garraway

22. Emily McDonald

23. Darcy Reed

Rebels to face Brumbies

1. Janita Kareta

2. Ashley Marsters

3. Titilia Yabaki

4. Georgia Bradbery

5. Tiarah Minns

6. Utumalefata To'omalatai Atonio Eli

7. May Sa'aga

8. Brooke Moselen

9. Wynonah Conway

10. Liana Pritchard-Matamua

11. Tyra Boysen-Auimatagi

12. Meretiana Robinson

13. Courtney Frankl

14. Belle Hunt

15. Georgia Page


16. Sharlene Fagalilo

17. Faith Masina

18. Tuputausi Sae

19. Yvonne Callaghan

20. Bree-Anna Cheatham

21. Jessie Treherne

22. Tangata Tupou

23. Mikaela Welti