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    Force v Brumbies Round 17

    Veteran lock Sam Wykes will return to the starting XV and is set to play his final match at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) when the Western Force tackles the ACT Brumbies on Friday (5 June).

    The 27-year-old, who will play in the Japanese Top League in 2015/2016, returns to the starting second row, having already played 85 games across eight seasons with the Western Australian club.

    Wykes will pack down behind Guy Millar, who earns his first opportunity in the run-on side, having played three matches off the bench this season.

    The home side will also feature a fresh halves pairing, with Alby Mathewson back into the starting side, while Zack Holmes also returns to face the ACT side, where he made his Asteron Life Super Rugby debut in 2012.

    Head Coach Michael Foley says the match will be a special occasion for Wykes and his teammates.

    “As a team – players and staff – we’re very determined to finish our home season with a strong performance in front of our supporters ,” he said.

    “Our ability to nail our attacking breakdowns against players that are highly active in that area will be key in seeing our attack convert opportunities to points.

    “Friday night represents an opportunity for the team to farewell ‘Wykesy’. Wykesy has always given his all for his mates and our supporters. In most recent times, when asked to captain the team during difficult circumstances this season, he gave his all in accepting the responsibility. As someone who has immense respect for our supporters, the club and his teammates, Sam will be keen to rip in on Friday night, and I know the rest of the boys will be keen to do the same for him.”

    Tickets are available for the Western Force’s final home match of the season against the ACT Brumbies at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) on Friday, 5 June. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.com.au.

    2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby – Week 17
    Western Force v ACT Brumbies
    The ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium), Perth
    Friday, 5 June 2015
    Kick-off: 7pm

    1. Pekahou Cowan
    2. Nathan Charles
    3. Guy Millar
    4. Sam Wykes
    5. Adam Coleman
    6. Angus Cottrell
    7. Matt Hodgson (c)
    8. Ben McCalman
    9. Alby Mathewson
    10. Zack Holmes
    11. Nick Cummins
    12. Kyle Godwin
    13. Marcel Brache
    14. Luke Morahan
    15. Dane Haylett-Petty

    Reserves
    16. Heath Tessmann
    17. Chris Heiberg
    18. Tetera Faulkner
    19. Steve Mafi
    20. Kane Koteka
    21. Ryan Louwrens
    22. Luke Burton
    23. Patrick Dellit


    Pressure unavoidable for Brumbies: Moore

    By Roje Adaimy
    June 4, 2015, 11:26 am


    Brumbies captain Stephen Moore admits the pressure to win Friday's Super Rugby clash with Western Force is unavoidable, given how much is at stake.

    The Canberra-based outfit sit equal on points with the NSW Waratahs atop the Australian conference with just two rounds remaining.

    A bonus-point victory in Perth will all but secure them a finals berth, but a loss could mean next week's match against the Crusaders at home is their last for 2015.

    "We have to win to stay in the competition - there's no way to sugar coat that," Moore said.

    "You can package it up however you like, but we need to win.

    "The pressure's unavoidable in this circumstance."

    The only way to relieve it was to focus on how to win and not the result itself, he said.

    "We've tried to do that all year, talk about the process and what we need to do specifically in the game to play well," he said.

    "And I think if we do that, the outcome will go our way. And if we don't, it won't."

    The Brumbies have made just one change to the starting side that beat the Bulls last Friday in Canberra, with Blake Enever replacing an injured Sam Carter at No.5.

    Carter's season is over - and possibly his Rugby World Cup hopes - after tearing a knee ligament at the weekend, ruling him out for up to 12 weeks.

    Inside centre Matt Toomua remains sidelined with an ankle injury.

    Moore said any club that can name a similar team week-in week-out at this stage of the season was "lucky", because injuries were always a factor.

    "That's why you ... prepare everyone physically and mentally as best you can, because at any one point someone's going to play a key role in the season and there's no greater example than Blake this week," he said.

    "He probably didn't think he'll be playing, but he comes into the starting side and he's going to be a key player for us.

    "We're very confident he can do a good job."

    Another key player will be David Pocock, who together with Ita Vaea faces a tough challenge at the breakdown against former Force teammate Matt Hodgson and an in-form Ben McCalman.

    "I know the battle will have an impact on how the game goes, no doubt," Moore said of the Pocock v Hodgson match-up.

    "Both are very important for each team; Hodgo's been playing really well, so has Dave."

    The cellar-dwelling Force are hoping for a repeat of their last-round win over the Brumbies in 2013, denying their opponents second-place overall in the process.

    https://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/sp...rumbies-moore/

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    The breakdown battle should be fun at least - maybe not so much for the guys involved!

    (Thread goes to sh*t in 3... 2...)

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    I think that we have a chance at an upset win here.

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    Well we lost the stats as well as the match against the Reds, so this week Foley will be on the warpath and take a hammer to the team.

    1. Hoskins
    2. Abel
    3. Heiberg
    4. Walton
    5. Steenkamp
    6. Stander
    7. Alcock
    8. RHP
    9. Louwrens
    10. Burton
    11. Scott
    12. Dellit
    13. Brache
    14. Yamada
    15. Nikoro

    16. Faulkner
    17. Tessman
    18. Miller
    19. Mafi
    20. Koteka
    21. Prior
    22. Lacey
    23. Holmes

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    Nice one Herba.... It would be interesting to see a virtual match of the selection that you picked

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    Looking forward to the battle at the breakdown as well with the two best 7's in Australia locking horns.

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    Gotta be honest guys,

    We're rooted

    The only chance we have is if the Brums front up underdone and we play out of our skins.

    So pretty much the same coin toss we've had all season

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    Western Force v ACT Brumbies
    7.00pm (WST) Friday 5 June 2015
    NIB Stadium, Perth

    1) Pekahou Cowan
    2) Nathan Charles
    3) Guy Millar
    4) Sam Wykes
    5) Adam Coleman
    6) Angus Cottrell
    7) Matt Hodgson (c)
    8) Ben McCalman
    9) Alby Mathewson
    10) Zack Holmes
    11) Nick Cummins
    12) Kyle Godwin
    13) Marcel Brache
    14) Luke Morahan
    15) Dane Haylett-Petty


    Reserves
    16) Heath Tessmann
    17) Chris Heiberg
    18) Tetera Faulkner
    19) Steve Mafi
    20) Kane Koteka
    21) Ryan Louwrens
    22) Luke Burton
    23) Patrick Dellit

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    If we can win the Tahs once at home and once here.. anything is possible

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    WESTERN FORCE MEDIA RELEASE
    Thursday, 4 June 2015

    WYKES RUNS ON FOR ‘FORCE FIELD’ FAREWELL

    Veteran lock Sam Wykes will return to the starting XV and is set to play his final match at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) when the Western Force tackles the ACT Brumbies on Friday (5 June).

    The 27-year-old, who will play in the Japanese Top League in 2015/2016, returns to the starting second row, having already played 85 games across eight seasons with the Western Australian club.

    Wykes will pack down behind Guy Millar, who earns his first opportunity in the run-on side, having played three matches off the bench this season.

    The home side will also feature a fresh halves pairing, with Alby Mathewson back into the starting side, while Zack Holmes also returns to face the ACT side, where he made his Asteron Life Super Rugby debut in 2012.

    Head Coach Michael Foley says the match will be a special occasion for Wykes and his teammates.

    “As a team – players and staff – we’re very determined to finish our home season with a strong performance in front of our supporters ,” he said.

    “Our ability to nail our attacking breakdowns against players that are highly active in that area will be key in seeing our attack convert opportunities to points.

    “Friday night represents an opportunity for the team to farewell ‘Wykesy’. Wykesy has always given his all for his mates and our supporters. In most recent times, when asked to captain the team during difficult circumstances this season, he gave his all in accepting the responsibility. As someone who has immense respect for our supporters, the club and his teammates, Sam will be keen to rip in on Friday night, and I know the rest of the boys will be keen to do the same for him.”

    Tickets are available for the Western Force’s final home match of the season against the ACT Brumbies at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) on Friday, 5 June. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.com.au.

    2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby – Week 17
    Western Force v ACT Brumbies
    The ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium), Perth
    Friday, 5 June 2015
    Kick-off: 7pm

    1. Pekahou Cowan
    2. Nathan Charles
    3. Guy Millar
    4. Sam Wykes
    5. Adam Coleman
    6. Angus Cottrell
    7. Matt Hodgson (c)
    8. Ben McCalman
    9. Alby Mathewson
    10. Zack Holmes
    11. Nick Cummins
    12. Kyle Godwin
    13. Marcel Brache
    14. Luke Morahan
    15. Dane Haylett-Petty

    Reserves
    16. Heath Tessmann
    17. Chris Heiberg
    18. Tetera Faulkner
    19. Steve Mafi
    20. Kane Koteka
    21. Ryan Louwrens
    22. Luke Burton
    23. Patrick Dellit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moono74 View Post
    Western Force v ACT Brumbies
    7.00pm (WST) Friday 5 June 2015
    NIB Stadium, Perth

    1) Pekahou Cowan
    2) Nathan Charles
    3) Guy Millar
    4) Sam Wykes
    5) Adam Coleman
    6) Angus Cottrell
    7) Matt Hodgson (c)
    8) Ben McCalman
    9) Alby Mathewson
    10) Zack Holmes
    11) Nick Cummins
    12) Kyle Godwin
    13) Marcel Brache
    14) Luke Morahan
    15) Dane Haylett-Petty


    Reserves
    16) Heath Tessmann
    17) Chris Heiberg
    18) Tetera Faulkner
    19) Steve Mafi
    20) Kane Koteka
    21) Ryan Louwrens
    22) Luke Burton
    23) Patrick Dellit
    How can anybody of sound mind select Wykes over Mafi unless he is carrying an injury??

    Will be good to see what Millar offers and other than it would have been nice to see Morahan have a rest and give one of the other wingers a crack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha Handy View Post
    How can anybody of sound mind select Wykes over Mafi unless he is carrying an injury??

    Will be good to see what Millar offers and other than it would have been nice to see Morahan have a rest and give one of the other wingers a crack.
    actually it just dawned on me that it is Wykes last ever home game so this might be the reason

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    Some team comparisons:

    Starting XV:
    FORCE: 908 SXV caps; 7 (6W/1AB) Test Players - 83 caps
    BRUMBIES: 871 SXV caps; 11 Test Players - 307 caps.

    Benches:
    FORCE: 184 SXV caps; 2Test Player (AB/T) – 12 caps.
    BRUMBIES: 94 SXV caps; 1 Test Player - 2 caps.

    Packs:
    FORCE: 884kg
    BRUMBIES: 926kg


    Force has more SXV experience.
    Brumbies significantly more Test players/experience.
    Brumbies + 42kg for starting pack and +16kg with replacement front row. (This could be ugly!)

    I’m hoping that the last chance to play well at home this year and repeat last year’s effort against the Brumbies act as big motivators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buddha Handy View Post
    actually it just dawned on me that it is Wykes last ever home game so this might be the reason
    Not to mention also potentially the last home game for

    Zack Holmes
    Nick Cummins
    Heath Tessman
    Marcel Brache
    Paddy Dellit
    Luke Morohan
    Kane Koteka

    None of these have signed on for next year as yet either.

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    If we can win the Tahs once at home and once here..
    And then sell them on Ebay?

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