Super W: Rebels make wholesale changes for Rugby WA clash

Super W
by Emma Greenwood

The Rebels women have made wholesale changes to their side ahead of their Super W clash against Rugby WA at AAMI Park on Friday.

After conceding 181 unanswered points in their opening two games of the season, the Rebels have made dramatic changes to the side to face Rugby WA, axing eight players from their starting 15 and shuffling the deck as they look to improve.

Halves Wynonah Conway and Liana Pritchard-Matamua have been pushed to the bench, with Jesse Treherne and Meretiana Robinson to start in a bid to spark the Rebels attack.

Treherne has been called into the side from the bench, while Robinson, who has been among the Rebels best in a tough season, winning the nod at no.10.

 

While the backline has been mainly reshuffled, Rebels coach Alana Thomas has made mass changes to the pack, with only loosehead prop Janaita Kareta and lock Tiarah Minns maintaining their places, while Carmen Landkauf has switched from no.8 to flanker.

Thomas this week pleaded with fans to stick with her developing team, calling for patience while the players adapted to the standard of the Super W competition.

 

TEAMS

Rebels to face Brumbies:

1 Janita Kareta

2 Sharlene Fagalilo

3 Bree-Anna Cheatham

4 May Sa'aga

5 Tiarah Minns

6 Brooke Moselen

7 Alice Tonumaivao

8 Carmen Landkauf

9 Jessie Treherne

10 Meretiana Robinson

11 Tyra Boysen-Auimatagi

12 Tangata Tupou

13 Georgia Page

14 Courtney Frankl

15 Mikaela Welti

Reserves:

16 Ashley Marsters

17 Faith Masina

18 Alice Masters

19 Georgia Bradbery

20 Utumalefata To'omalatai Atonio Eli

21 Tuputausi Sae

22 Wynonah Conway

23 Liana Pritchard-Matamua