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Rebels won't make many changes for Waratahs

Rebels coach Damien Hill giving his players some "gentle" instruction

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Article Published: Monday 16 April 2012






Melbourne Rebels coach Damien Hill is not expected to make wholesale changes to his team for the Waratahs this weekend.

The team has been criticised for being "consistently inconsistent" and after beating the Blues in Round 7 they put in their worst performance against the Brumbies in Round 8.

The Rebels let four tries slip through in 20 minutes which effectively ended then contest before half time.

Hill was scathing in his post-match assessment but says he will not make wholesale changes.

"There will be some changes but reasonably minor," Hill told AAP.

Winger Cooper Vuna is available to play as he has served his two-match suspension for a dangerous tackle.

"Cooper's available and he's trained well and has put himself in the best position he can to be selected."

The Rebels will however be without centre Mitch Inman as he broke his hand during the Brumbies clash and is expected to be out for at least three weeks.

The last time the Rebels played the Waratahs was in round 2 and the most talked about point from the match was the eye-gouging allegations made by Tom Carter on Adam Byrnes.

Byrnes was suspended but the appealed and was cleared. Byrnes was then charged with misconduct after criticised Carter in a newspaper interview.

SANZAR judicial officer Nigel Hampton has reserved his decision after hearing the misconduct charge last week but Hill is not expectin their to be any lingering effects on the match from the eye gouge saga.

"Adam's not playing and Tommy's motivations don't usually revolve around individuals so I don't expect it will have any effect at all," Hill said.

The Waratahs won the first match between the teams this year 35-19 and Hill says it will be a big test for his players, particularly coming off the disappointment of the Brumbies game.

"Having played a poor game the week before, if we do bounce back, if we can beat a team the pedigree of the Waratahs at home than that will speak volumes for the character of this team."

"It's very important for us."

 

 
 
 
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