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    Western Force vs Auckland Blues - NiB Stadium - 21/5/2016

    Coming off the bye last week the Western Force have made one change to the starting XV for the clash with the Blues at the ‘Force Field’ on Saturday evening.

    In the only change to the run-on side Ben Tapuai returns at outside centre after a two week absence while loosehead prop Pek Cowan will come off the bench after recovering from a broken arm along with young gun Luke Burton who will look to make his first appearance of the season following a foot injury.

    Head Coach Michael Foley says the team is well rested following the bye and looking to carry their form from Tokyo back to nib Stadium on Saturday night.

    “We used the first days of the bye week to recover and the back end of the week to reinforce some of the positives from the Sunwolves match” he said.

    “In Tokyo, we played the type of rugby we’ve been working towards. The biggest difference came as a result of us focusing on enjoying the game and attacking every contest without fear. Without doubt, there have been times where our disappointment as a result of not getting things “right” has held us back, but I believe the boys now have not only a clear picture of the type of game we’re chasing, but also the attitude that allows us to enjoy games while we continue to improve.”

    After a strong all round performance in Round 11 the tight five remains unchanged with Francois van Wyk and Guy Millar to link up with young rake Harry Scoble in the front row, while Ross Haylett-Petty and Adam Coleman will pack down in the second row.

    The powerful backrow of Brynard Stander, Matt Hodgson and Ben McCalman complete the starting pack and will look to bring the same intensity at the breakdown that they displayed before the bye.

    In the halves Alby Mathewson will again look to provide Ian Prior with top quality service with Prior again named in the No.10 jersey after a strong showing in his last two outings.

    In the midfield, inside centre Kyle Godwin will link up with Ben Tapuai in the starting XV for the first time since the opening round of the season. Godwin put in his strongest performance of the season to date against the Sunwolves setting up two tries and will look for more of the same this weekend.

    The back three remains unchanged with Luke Morahan and Marcel Brache named on the left and right wings respectively while Dane Haylett-Petty will look to continue his impressive form as he rounds out the starting side at fullback.

    Coming off the bench, Pek Cowan and Luke Burton will be keen to make their impact felt when called upon in their return from injury. While the Force will look to get plenty of production from the likes of Tetera Faulkner, Angus Cottrell and Ryan Louwrens in what is sure to be a bruising battle.

    1 Francois Van Wyk

    2 Harry Scoble

    3 Guy Millar

    4 Ross Haylett-Petty

    5 Adam Coleman

    6 Brynard Stander

    7 Matt Hodgson ©

    8 Ben McCalman

    9 Alby Mathewson

    10 Ian Prior

    11 Luke Morahan

    12 Kyle Godwin

    13 Ben Tapuai

    14 Marcel Brache

    15 Dane Haylett-Petty



    16. Anaru Rangi

    17. Pek Cowan

    18. Tetera Faulkner

    19. Rory Walton

    20. Angus Cottrell

    21. Ryan Louwrens

    22. Luke Burton

    23. Semisi Masirewa

    2016 Asteron Life Super Rugby – Week 13

    Western Force vs Blues

    ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium), Perth

    Saturday, 21 May 2016

    Kick-off: 5:40PM AWST

    - See more at: https://www.westernforce.com.au/arti....yt93q0qD.dpuf

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    Like the Backs (great to see Taps back) and the strength off the bench.

    Fantastic to see Burto back in the mix!

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    injury or have they decided not to bother?

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    Nice big wet front coming in Sat as well-not sure if that's good or bad for the Force.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI5_Dog View Post
    no Grant
    injury or have they decided not to bother?
    I didn't think he was back until after the test window?

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    Really like the second row pairing - RHP has shone this year, and Coleman just keeps building - another Sharpie (and Hertryk, he's a young'n!)

    Scoble has been playing well - just need to keep it up.

    Would have preferred to see Masiwera on the pitch, but needs less cards!

    Can Brache score some more?

    The stormy weather may actually suit the volume of kicking we are used to seeing...

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    Would have preferred Louwrens to start.

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    Well they know they can play some attacking rugby now so no excuses not to play as they did against the sunwolves. plus home ground advantage. force by 25.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbasimplex View Post
    Well they know they can play some attacking rugby now so no excuses not to play as they did against the sunwolves. plus home ground advantage. force by 25.
    The Sunwolves game showed that they can execute a half decent game plan when there is no defensive pressure to speak of. Don't think it is safe to assume that Auckland will be that inept two games in a row. The Force may still manage a win but it will be by 3 or less.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Invictus View Post
    Would have preferred Louwrens to start.
    double that, I think we have to make a decision, and go with Louwrens, and possibly Prior or Mike Ruru for next season (wow I actually said next season - how about that). With Gussy boy as the next in-line. Alby would be great as a academy coach, but I have this feeling he could play NPC/ITM for another 5 seasons.

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    Ahh shit another home loss!! Can anyone tell me when or if we have ever lost all home games in a season?

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    Quote Originally Posted by boof1050 View Post
    Ahh shit another home loss!! Can anyone tell me when or if we have ever lost all home games in a season?
    First season where the only win was in the republic

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    Nope, they still drew one that year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyS View Post
    Nope, they still drew one that year.
    Ahh yes. That crusaders game. And our first of many shaftings by ayoub.

    Sorry for the bum steer boof

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    Young ref and two tries that should have been awarded with penalty advantage. At least we played through the whole game. Why there wasn't a red for the blues after three red zone yellows? Still thought the ref was alright with some good calls that we don't usually get. This is all biased by shivering so much I may have missed things.

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