Next Game Kings v Melbourne Rebels

Sun, April 30. 3:30AM,
70 Prince Alfred Road

Statistics Preview: Rd 5 v Waratahs

Jack Debreczeni v Waratahs feature

The Melbourne Rebels will host its first Australian derby of the season when they welcome the NSW Waratahs to AAMI Park on Friday night.

We’ve crunched the number ahead of Friday night.

2227 – It will be 2227 days since the Rebels hosted the NSW Waratahs in the club’s inaugural Super Rugby game at AAMI Park in Round 1, 2011.

100 – James Hanson is expected to record his 100th Super Rugby appearance against the Waratahs on Friday night. The hooker played 82 games for the Queensland Reds since his Super Rugby debut in 2010. Hanson joined the Rebels in 2016 and has made 17 appearances for the club.

75 – A week after Laurie Weeks broke the club record for most Super Rugby appearances (74), the prop is expected to become the first player to record 75 Super Rugby appearances for the Rebels.

50 – The Rebels will contest their 50th Super Rugby home game at AAMI Park since the club’s inception in 2011.

27 – The Rebels have contested 27 Super Rugby games played at AAMI Park has resulted in a margin of less than 10 points. That equates to 55.1 per cent of matches ending with a close finish.

26 – The Rebels need 26 points for the club to record 500 points against Australian opposition at AAMI Park. The Rebels average 20.7 points per home game in local derbies.

6 – The Melbourne Rebels will contest six Australian derbies in 2017. Friday night’s game against the Waratahs will be the first of the season after the Rebels kicked off the year with three consecutive games against New Zealand teams.

5 – The 2017 Melbourne Rebels squad feature five players that have made their Rebels debut against the Waratahs. Laurie Weeks (#19; Rd 1, 2011), Mitch Inman (#35; Rd 2, 2012), Jordy Reid (#51; Rd 3, 2013), Jack Debreczeni (#71; Rd 6, 2014), Tim Metcher (#83; Rd 11, 2015)

4 – The Melbourne Rebels reclaimed the Weary Dunlop Shield with a historic four-point victory over the NSW Waratahs in Sydney last year. The victory was the Rebels first victory in the Harbour City and largest winning margin over the Waratahs.

The Melbourne Rebels will defend the Weary Dunlop Shield against the NSW Waratahs at AAMI Park, Melbourne, on Friday 24 March from 7.45pm (AEDT).

A spot in the 2017 Super U20s Championship Grand Final will be on the line when the Melbourne Rebels U20s host NSW Gen Blues in the curtain raiser at AAMI Park from 4.30pm.

Membership options and single game tickets are available from melbournerebels.com.