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Brumbies out to turn tables on Rebels

If the Brumbies are serious about claiming Super Rugby's Australian conference, surprising the Melbourne Rebels on Friday is a must.

Brumbies out to turn tables on Rebels

If the Brumbies are serious about claiming Super Rugby's Australian conference, surprising the Melbourne Rebels on Friday is a must.

Turning around their poor recent record against the Melbourne Rebels looms as critical for the Brumbies' Super Rugby finals hopes this season.

The Brumbies have lost their last three matches against the Rebels, including the round one clash in Canberra three weeks ago.


It is the Rebels' best winning streak over the Brumbies since joining the competition in 2011, with the rivalry previously being one-sided in favour of the ACT franchise.

If they aren't able to come away from AAMI Park with a win on Friday night, the Brumbies will be in a hole at 1-3 with games against the NSW Waratahs and Queensland Reds to come.

The Rebels kept their undefeated record intact by escaping with a 24-19 victory over the Highlanders last week.

"It's always a good game against the Rebels and they've had the wood over us in Super Rugby over the last few games," Brumbies lock Rory Arnold said.

"The Australian games are massive, especially if we want to top the pool later in the season."

The Brumbies know how quickly fortunes can change after celebrating their best win for years in round two before being routed by the Hurricanes last Friday.

Despite heading to New Zealand boosted by the return of star Wallaby David Pocock, Dan McKellar's side was unable to replicate the form which saw them cross for eight tries against the Chiefs.

Arnold said the Brumbies needed to trust themselves and back in the free-flowing rugby which paid dividends a week earlier.

"I think the balance wasn't quite there. We want to play this attacking rugby but we lacked that balance," Arnold said.

"Instead of clearing, we held the ball for too long and the urgency at the breakdown wasn't good enough and it hurt us."

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