Kellaway changes position in search of more ball

Melbourne will be hoping Andrew Kellaway’s move to centers for their Good Friday Super Rugby Pacific clash with Queensland will mean more ball for the Wallabies winger as their attack continues to develop.

Kellaway will move to outside center to cover the loss of suspended Ray Nu’u as the Rebels seek a third straight win after a dreadful start to the season.

The Reds, meanwhile, come out of the bye and are also aiming for a third straight win with their last game a blowout win over the Brumbies.

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They will have former Wallabies captain hooker Stephen Moore traveling to Melbourne to cover surprise injuries.

The 39-year-old retired from professional rugby in 2017 but continued to play club rugby in Brisbane.

Rebels offensive coach Ryan Martin said Kellaway will bring special qualities to his new role.

England’s George Worth gets his first start of the year on the wing.

“Putting him front and center this week adds real smarts, and maybe we can play a little bit differently, handle a lot more,” Martin said of Kellaway, who has played in the UK, Japan and Nova Scotia. Zeeland.

“I think it’s exciting for him – he’s actually been a successful center in the past, so it just means he’s going to have a bit more contact with a ball and he’ll be able to organize himself a lot. more in the D line (defensive).”

Making his first appearance of the season after lingering hamstring problems, Reds winger Suliasi Vunivalu will attract plenty of attention at his former NRL ground, AAMI Park.

Kellaway center partner Stacey Ili says they can’t afford to focus on the ex-Storm flier given the threat from all of the Reds’ back three including Filipo Daugunu and Jordan Petaia .

“All of their back three are dangerous and when they get the ball back you don’t know what they’re going to do with it,” Ili said.

“We will focus on limiting their opportunities, but we are definitely wary of Suli.”
Melbourne will host ‘Super Round’ next weekend, with their entire round played at AAMI Park and kicking off the trans-Tasman component of the competition.

The Rebels will face the Crusaders next Sunday, as they have upcoming games against the Blues and Moana Pasifika.


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Brandon D. James