James Horwill of the Queensland Reds.
James Horwill of the Queensland Reds. Hannah Johnston / Getty Images

Horwill hopes Reds can keep Rebels from claiming a win

THE Melbourne Rebels recorded their first victory over the Waratahs at their sixth attempt on Friday.

That triumph came hot on the heels of a first ever victory against a South African franchise - the Stormers.

Rebels captain Scott Higginbotham and his players now want to add another scalp to their belt, and break another long drought - they will do that if the beat his former team, the fifth-placed Queensland Reds on Saturday.

The Rebels have lost five out of five against the Reds, but the Queenslanders won't start the Brisbane clash in the best of form.

They arrive home from South Africa winless from two games after the 20-15 defeat against the Stormers yesterday, and with only a single bonus point alongside their name.

Queensland captain James Horwill said it was crucial the Reds beat the Rebels.

"That's a must win game for us. If we want to stay alive in this competition we have to start winning," Horwill said.
Higginbotham said the Reds had plenty to think about.

"I think now, teams are starting to see us differently. In the last couple of performances, we are definitely proving that we are an 80 minute team," the powerful backrower said.