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    Force team to play Rebels 23/3/2012

    Emirates Western Force Coach Richard Graham has made only minor adjustments to his 22 man squad for the club’s clash against the Rebels in Melbourne on Friday night with dynamic winger Nick Cummins returning to the starting XV and experienced lock Toby Lynn to the reserves.

    After a strong statement in their one point win against the Waratahs last weekend Graham has stuck with the majority of his run-on side. Cummins and prop Kieran Longbottom are the only changes.

    Longbottom, along with Pek Cowan, Nathan Charles and Salesi Ma’afu have formed a formidable front row combination in 2012 with each player making significant contributions in the opening month of the competition.

    “I think the performance of our front row has been wonderful and they’ve given the side real impetus at the set piece as well as around the ground,” Graham said.

    “We’ve been able to rotate our front row forwards in terms of starting on the ground or on the bench which has assisted in the management of those guys.

    “Pek Cowan is arguably the form loosehead prop in Australian rugby at the moment however given the short turnaround and his substantial workload so far this year I’ve made a rotation and looked to maximise the use of the resources available to us,” Graham said.

    The efforts of his entire squad last week pleased Graham who pointed to the influence of the bench as one of the catalysts for the club’s first win. He’ll again rely on their input as they aim for back to back victories on the road.

    “I thought our bench had a significant impact in winning the game last weekend, everyone who came on really contributed to the effort,” Graham said.

    “I have no doubt they will play a big role in the outcome of the game on Friday and I have tremendous confidence in our depth and the ability of everyone to have an impact when called upon.”

    After making an impressive debut last weekend recent signing David Harvey has again been selected at fullback although his versatility is expected to see him called upon to exert more influence in the midfield.

    “I thought Dave’s first performance in Super Rugby was solid and as we learn more about him we’ll use him a lot more in the front line as opposed to playing 15,” Graham said.

    With four of the club’s first five matches away from home the team has already spent 33 hours in the air and they haven’t yet left Australia. That prompted Graham to prepare his side on the east coast this week to aid in recovery and ensure they’re fresh for Friday’s encounter.

    “What was important was to minimise the amount of travel and maximise the amount of time in recovery and preparation for this fixture on Friday night,” said Graham.

    “The Rebels are a good side who have been fighting to get results and haven’t been far away from closing out games. Clearly at home they’ll be looking to start strongly to assist in getting a result.”

    Going out of the 22 are youngsters Ben Seymour and Phoenix Battye but they’ll get game time on AAMI Park as the Emirates Western Force A tackle Rebel Rising in a curtain raiser match.

    2012 FxPro Super Rugby – Week 5
    Rebels v Emirates Western Force
    Friday, 23 March 2012 at AAMI Park
    Kick-off: 4.40pm (AWST) / 7.40pm (AEDT)

    1. Kieran Longbottom
    2. Nathan Charles
    3. Salesi Ma’afu
    4. Sam Wykes
    5. Nathan Sharpe
    6. Angus Cottrell
    7. David Pocock (Captain)
    8. Matt Hodgson
    9. Brett Sheehan
    10. James Stannard
    11. Alfie Mafi
    12. Rory Sidey
    13. Will Tupou
    14. Nick Cummins
    15. David Harvey

    Reserves
    16. Ben Whittaker
    17. Pek Cowan
    18. Toby Lynn
    19. Richard Brown
    20. Justin Turner
    21. Winston Stanley
    22. Samu Wara

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    I like the look of this side.

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    Good selections given the personnel available. The forward pack looks great. Tupou, Sidey and Stannard need to be on their toes in defence.

    Hopefully the week has allowed some plays where Harvey comes in at first receiver, and Mafi moves to fullback to cover.

    I'd like to see the whole bench get good game time as there is quality and grunt there.

    Go the FORCE!!

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    Some choices for the InnForcers. Stay at the second biggest Guiness seller in Oz 'til almost match time or go early, suffer XXXX mid and watch the A Team vs the Rabble Rousing. Wish I had to choose too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Some choices for the InnForcers. Stay at the second biggest Guiness seller in Oz 'til almost match time or go early, suffer XXXX mid and watch the A Team vs the Rabble Rousing. Wish I had to choose too.
    Who's the biggest seller?

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    I work friday evenings and miss the entire game, thankfully I am able to record it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    Who's the biggest seller?
    Some place in West Leederville, I think.

    Giving the sponsors a free plug, Boss?- nuttin' wrong with that but you're preaching to the converted around these parts.

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    HAVE A LOOK AT THE FORWARDS ON THAT BENCH!!!!!!!

    In previous years, every one of those blokes would have been automatic selections with no real options for cover.

    I like the look of this team, Rory needs to be sharp, particularly in defense, he'll be making a lot of one on one tackles on a good stepper. Luckily, he'll know that there's no point buying any dummies!

    Up the guts this week boys, it might not be pretty, but it'll score us the points!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shasta View Post
    Some choices for the InnForcers. Stay at the second biggest Guiness seller in Oz 'til almost match time or go early, suffer XXXX mid and watch the A Team vs the Rabble Rousing. Wish I had to choose too.
    Just don't drink any Guiness there. You don't want to chalk up points for the opposition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach View Post
    Who's the biggest seller?
    I heard there is some kind of emporium specialisin' in eatin' and drinkin' near Pert' somewhere. Run by an Irish gentleman whose name eludes me...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GIGS20 View Post
    Up the guts this week boys, it might not be pretty, but it'll score us the points!
    Straight and hard......it's pretty if you have the forwards to back it up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111

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    Quote Originally Posted by normie View Post
    I heard there is some kind of emporium specialisin' in eatin' and drinkin' near Pert' somewhere. Run by an Irish gentleman whose name eludes me...
    That very same establishment may be having quite a generous competition soming up soon ... keep your eyes peeled ...

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