Rebels tweak for Cheetahs

RICHARD FERGUSON updates followers of the latest Super Rugby news from Australia.

Rebels tweak for Cheetahs

Scott Higginbotham is back for the Rebels after missing the match against the Sharks with a shoulder injury, while Jordy Reid is set to make his debut against the Cheetahs.

Coach Damien Hill has kept much of his side unchanged after the walloping they received in Durban, with James O’Connor remaining at fullback, giving Angus Roberts another go at running the backline at pivot.

Richard Kingi replaces Cooper Vuna, who has been banned for this match following the incident with Kurtley Beale. Vuna is expected to return to the team for the match against the Force next weekend.

Prop Paul Alo-Emile also makes his debut, coming in for Laurie Weeks, who played his 50th Super Rugby match against the Sharks last week.

Rebels: 15.James O’Connor, 14.Richard Kingi, 13.Mitch Inman, 12.Lachlan Mitchell, 11.Jason Woodward,10. Angus Roberts, 9.Nick Phipps, 8.Scott Higginbotham, 7.Jordy Reid, 6.Gareth Delve, 5.Luke Jones, 4.Hugh Pyle, 3.Paul Alo-Emile, 2.Ged Robinson, 1.Nic Henderson. Substitutes: 16.Shota Horie, 17.Laurie Weeks, 18.Cadeyrn Neville, 19.Jarrod Saffy, 20.Scott Fuglistaller, 21.Nic Stirzaker, 22.Rory Sidey