Melbourne - Melbourne Rebels backline linchpin Mark Gerrard is set for a surprise
return from injury to face the Brumbies in their Super Rugby clash on
It was feared Gerrard had fractured his sternum in the
loss to the Hurricanes, but the former Wallaby has put his hand up to
play the Australian conference leaders at AAMI Park.
It's a relief for the Rebels with five-eighth Kurtley
Beale (shoulder), centres Lachlan Mitchell (head) and Lloyd Johansson
(finger), and flank Michael Lipman (head) joining their hefty injury
''He trained yesterday and he trained well, so we're very
confident he'll be right to play,'' said coach Damien Hill. ''He really
is very keen to play and he's got through all the training sessions and
he's ready and raring to go.''
Hill said Gerrard had taken his game to a new level this season.
''He's using his skill set better than last year - his kicks for touch and place kicking is one of the best in competition.''
When Melbourne hosted the Brumbies early last season the
home side was coming off a 43-0 loss to NSW - almost as bad as their
66-24 beating by the Hurricanes.
They broke through for their inaugural win 25-24.
15 Robbie Coleman, 14 Jesse Mogg, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Pat McCabe, 11
Joe Tomane, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7
Michael Hooper, 6 Peter Kimlin, 5 Leon Power, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben
Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Ruaidhri Murphy
16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Fotu Auelua, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20
Ian Prior, 21 Henry Speight, 22 Tevita Kuridrani