Melbourne Rebels expect defensive test against Hurricanes

By James Wong The Rebels have named an unchanged starting line-up to face the Hurricanes at AAMI Park on Friday in a game that will pit strength against strength. The Hurricanes rank in the top four in tries, line breaks, carries and metres gained while the Rebels defence has been key in close wins over the Reds and Waratahs and keeping the Sunwolves tryless in Tokyo. Rebels head coach Tony McGahan praised his team’s defensive efforts this season and identified limiting the Hurricanes’ opportunities in open play as key to this weekend’s game. “They love poor kicking, they love turnover ball, they love quick throw ins, they love quick taps, they want to play with a real tempo “We need to understand and limit those entry points into the game for them whilst at the same time being able to play our own game.” Rebels captain Nic Stirzaker said the Rebels will need to limit turnovers to avoid giving the Hurricanes attacking opportunities. “We need to make sure we limit a
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