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    Force vs Rebels

    The Western Force is set to have five players wearing Force blue for the very first time in the 23-man squad to take on the Melbourne Rebels at the Force Field (nib Stadium) on Saturday, 27 February.

    Former Queensland Reds teammates Jono Lance and Ben Tapuai will both be in the starting XV, while Jermaine Ainsley, Peter Grant and Semisi Masirewa are all set to come off the bench.

    Head Coach Michael Foley says he has full confidence in the abilities of all five debutants and looks forward to seeing them in blue for the first time.

    “It’s an exciting time for those five players,” he said. “They’ve all worked hard to earn their places in the match squad for Saturday.”

    “Round one is a great opportunity for every player in the team to put what we’ve practiced into action. From the beginning of our preparation, every player & staff member has committed to bravely chase the standards & style game of game we believe will bring us success and we’re all looking forward to our first step.
    Matt Hodgson will lead the team for the fourth year in a row and pack down in the seven jersey alongside Brynard Stander who will be at blindside flanker and Angus Cottrell will start at No. 8 in the absence of Ben McCalman.

    The front row will boast veteran Pek Cowan at loosehead, alongside hooker Nathan Charles, and young gun Guy Millar will start at tighthead for just the second time in his career.

    The familiar pairing of Steve Mafi and Adam Coleman, will start in the second row and look to dominate at set piece.

    In the backline, Jono Lance will start at flyhalf for the first time for the Force, with Alby Mathewson on his inside. Kyle Godwin will start at 12, with Ben Tapuai debuting in the number 13 jersey in front of the Sea of Blue. While Marcel Brache, Luke Morahan and Dane Haylett-Petty will form the back three.

    On the bench, Nedlands’ Jermaine Ainsley is in line to make his Asteron Life Super Rugby debut, along with former Stormers and Springboks flyhalf Peter Grant and New Zealand speedster Semisi Masirewa.
    2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby – Week One
    Western Force v Melbourne Rebels
    Force Field (nib Stadium), Perth
    Saturday, 27 February 2016
    Kick-off: 6.50pm (local)

    1. Pekahou Cowan
    2. Nathan Charles
    3. Guy Millar
    4. Steve Mafi
    5. Adam Coleman
    6. Brynard Stander
    7. Matt Hodgson
    8. Angus Cottrell
    9. Alby Mathewson
    10. Jono Lance**
    11. Marcel Brache
    12. Kyle Godwin
    13. Ben Tapuai**
    14. Luke Morahan
    15. Dane Haylett-Petty

    Reserves
    16. Heath Tessmann
    17. Chris Heiberg
    18. Jermaine Ainsley**
    19. Ross Haylett-Petty
    20. Chris Alcock
    21. Ian Prior
    22. Peter Grant**
    23. Semisi Masirewa**
    ** denotes Western Force/Super Rugby debut - See more at: https://www.westernforce.com.au/arti....608c9faj.dpuf

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    Cannot wait for kick off, looks like a well balanced side.

    Cannot wait to see Taps and Semisi in action, I think they will be worth the admission price on their own, with the rest of the lads providing the usual heart and grunt to balance the team.

    This is it kick off to 2016.

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    The Force Onwards and Upwards

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    Can't wait! Feel like a 16 year old on date! Nervous and excited at the same time.

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    May the FORCE be with you!

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    Melbourne Rebels Team


    1 Toby Smith
    2 James Hanson
    3 Laurie Weeks
    4 Luke Jones
    5 Lopeti Timani
    6 Jordy Reid
    7 Sean McMahon (captain)
    8 Adam Thomson
    9 Ben Meehan
    10 Jack Debreczeni
    11 Reece Hodge
    12 Mitch Inman
    13 Tamati Ellison
    14 Dom Shipperley
    15 Mike Harris

    Reserves

    16 Pat Leafa
    17 Cruze Ah Nau
    18 Jamie Hagan
    19 Steve Cummins
    20 Colby Fainga’a
    21 Mick Snowden
    22 Jonah Placid
    23 Tom English

    SR Caps - Starting XXXIII - Force Av 53: Rebs Av 52
    Test Players - Force 8: Rebs 9
    Pack Weights: Force 876kg: Rebs 880kg
    Rep Front Row: Force 330kg: Rebs 350kg

    Should be a cracker of a game to kick-off the season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg View Post
    Melbourne Rebels Team


    1 Toby Smith
    2 James Hanson
    3 Laurie Weeks
    4 Luke Jones
    5 Lopeti Timani
    6 Jordy Reid
    7 Sean McMahon (captain)
    8 Adam Thomson
    9 Ben Meehan
    10 Jack Debreczeni
    11 Reece Hodge
    12 Mitch Inman
    13 Tamati Ellison
    14 Dom Shipperley
    15 Mike Harris

    Reserves

    16 Pat Leafa
    17 Cruze Ah Nau
    18 Jamie Hagan
    19 Steve Cummins
    20 Colby Fainga’a
    21 Mick Snowden
    22 Jonah Placid
    23 Tom English
    Never heard of them. Force by 12.

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    Rumour has it that Guy Millar is Wallaby material
    Also a very unlucky Heat Tessmann not to have the starting role it was a close decision I think
    Hodgo won't play a full game if it all goes according to plan
    Jono getting a start is very exciting but I think Grant will have a big impact when/if he gets on
    Great to see Kyle back at 12 I hope he can shake of his dodgy 2015 performances and play as he did in 2014
    Very exciting outside backs that can attach and defend and are not afraid of a high ball

    I must admit I am a tad excited with a bit of hope for a win

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    Quote Originally Posted by SNOB View Post
    Can't wait! Feel like a 16 year old on date! Nervous and excited at the same time.
    What's the equivalent of an aged condom in the wallet 'just in case' this time around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pieter blackie View Post
    Also a very unlucky Heat Tessmann not to have the starting role it was a close decision I think
    Heath has been fantastic around the park but his lineout throwing is letting him down.
    Great to have him keeping pressure on Nathan.

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    What's the equivalent of an aged condom in the wallet 'just in case' this time around?
    $100 on the force

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    I STILL HAVE FAITH!!!

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    $100 on the force
    Tightarse!

    I just put over $5,000,000 on them.

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    Tightarse!

    I just put over $5,000,000 on them.
    whose money?

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    Match Force v Rebels @ nib Stadium, Perth
    Date Saturday 27 February 2016
    Kick-Off 18:55 local
    Referee Marius van der Westhuizen
    AR1 Quinton Immelman
    AR2 Graham Cooper
    TMO Damien Mitchelmore

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    Anyone listening to 6pr this morning when Kim Hagdorn mentioned the Force.

    "The Force new recruits Peter Grant from South Africa and Queenslanders Jono Lance and Ben Tapuai who should bolster the forwards. The Force struggled in the forwards last year but were strong in the backs"

    *facepalm*

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    The forwards are the ones who kick all the goals right?

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    C'mon the

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    Rebs will miss stirzaker. They're a couple of weeks behind the force in their preparation for the season and they will die in the heat in the last quarter. Force by 17.

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