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Super Rugby: Drua must be ruthless against Rebels

There will be plenty of sympathy for the dire situation at Melbourne Rebels, as they prepare for their final game of the regular season on Saturday away at Fijian Drua.

The news was confirmed on Thursday that due to the severe financial troubles at the club, the Rebels will not be playing in Super Rugby Pacific in 2025.

It’s terrible news for the Melbourne outfit and a tough time for management, players and supporters of the club who have bought into the Rebels over the last 14 years of its existence.

The Rebels head into Saturday’s game at Churchill Park knowing they will be playing finals rugby this season and that’s an exciting challenge in itself and a credit to the team for getting there.

Despite all the news in the background, Fijian Drua know they still have work to do to make sure they beat the likes of Moana Pasifika, the Crusaders and Western Force to that eighth spot on the ladder.

Drua must put compassion aside and will be doing all they can to overcome the Rebels in Suva to make sure their season does not end this weekend so they can go on to the finals.

. What: Fijian Drua v Rebels
. Where: Churchill Park, Suva
. When: 12:05 (AEST), Saturday 1st June 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sports
. Odds: Fijian Drua 1.16, Rebels 5.00

Rebels without a cause

Knowing they won’t be playing for the Rebels in Super Rugby Pacific next season, it’s going to take something special from this group of players to get themselves focused for Saturday’s game and after in their first appearance in the finals.

The off-field news won’t have come as a shock after months of speculation regarding the club’s future but it’s still a major distraction ahead of the trip to the Fijian capital this weekend.

Melbourne will know how tough it is to win at Churchill Park and that’s reflected in the odds, with the Rebels at 5.00 to leave Suva with the victory.

Looking to the Line market, the Rebels are 1.91 to come out on top with a +13.5 head start.

Drua can’t get caught up in the emotion

The hosts on Saturday know they have a job to do and can’t be distracted by the situation at the Rebels.

Each of the last four meetings between Drua and the Rebels has been won by the home team and that trend to continue this weekend is available at 1.16.

Winning eight of their last nine games in Fiji, it’s hard to look past the hosts getting the win needed to guarantee their place in the finals.

The job then for this Drua side will be trying to replicate their home form on the road against one of the serious title contenders in the quarter-finals.

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