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Super Rugby: Reds seeking Rebels revenge

Having suffered defeat in their last meeting with the Rebels, revenge might well be on the agenda for the Reds when they travel to AAMI Park on Friday night.

The Rebels and the Reds have enjoyed strong starts to the season, with both teams winning two of their first three games and sitting on 10 points respectively.

It was a thrilling encounter the last time these Aussie sides squared off and another high-scoring clash might well be on the cards under the lights at AAMI Park.

. What: Rebels v Reds
. Where: AAMI Park, Melbourne
. When: 18:35 (AEST), Friday 15th March 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sports
. Odds: Rebels 3.20, Reds 1.36

Rebels raising eyebrows

Having won four of their 14 games in the regular season last year, the Rebels have already recorded two victories in the opening three rounds.

Losing their opening game 30-3 to the Brumbies, it looked like the Rebels would struggle one again but back-to-back wins over Western Force and Moana Pasifika will have seen confidence grow.

Wallabies fly-half Carter Gordon has been pulling the strings in the backline and was impressive once again as the Rebels secured a 29-23 win over Moana Pasifika in Hamilton last time out.

Building on this winning momentum is the next target for head coach Kevin Foote and his players but it certainly won’t be easy against the Reds.

The Rebels are the underdogs at 3.20 to come out on top at AAMI Park, while they are 1.91 in the Line market with +7 points head start.

Reds determined to build on Chiefs scalp

The Reds will also be brimming with confidence going into this one after their impressive 25-19 win over last season’s runners-up the Chiefs.

Les Kiss’s side went toe-to-toe with a formidable Chiefs side filled with All Blacks and held on to secure the victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Responding well to their second-round defeat at the hands of the Hurricanes, the Reds have shown character in this early stage of the season and their are signs the Brisbane outfit could be a force to be reckoned with in the finals.

Friday offers up an opportunity to get some revenge on the Rebels after a 40-34 defeat in their last meeting in 2023.

The Rebels have not managed back-to-back wins over the Reds since May 2019 but the Queenslanders will have to be wary of a resurgent Melbourne side playing on their own patch.

Fly-half Tom Lynagh going up against Carter will be an intriguing match-up, especially with new Wallabies coach Joe Schmidt set to be paying close attention on proceedings at AAMI Park on Friday.

The Reds are 1.36 favourites to land their third win of the season, while playmaker Lynagh is available at 4.75 in the Anytime market to pop over for a try in Melbourne in this one.

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