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    Quote Originally Posted by The InnFORCEr View Post
    We seem to get a fairer showing with inexperienced refs, in fact I think those newer refs have had better games all round than the more experienced refs.
    I tend to agree. No preconceived ideas maybe.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WFDom View Post
    I think on the back of last week's performance this is our biggest game of the year

    Would be awesome for our PR jugganaught to be the first Aussie team to take down a Kiwi team this season
    Yes that would be the most awesome of awesomeness! Hard to see it, but it's not impossible - go stick it to 'em boys

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    Really looking forward to this game against the Clan as there have been some crackers in the past.

    In 2016 although going down 32:20 in Dunedin it was H 22:20 F at 63 minutes and the Force was well in the game.
    Hodgo put in a mighty game with 51 Ruck Involvements (39A/12D) and game high 14 tackles.
    Heath had 30 Ruck Involvements and Ben Mc 29.

    In 2015 we were done badly at home F 3:23 H.
    Hodgo again had 40 RIs (30A/10D) and another game high 14 tackles; Cottrell 32 RIs & Coleman 27.

    2014 was an epic win in Dunedin, H 29:31 F where the lads managed to hang on despite being down to 13 men for the last 8 minutes (Both McCalman and Coleman in the bin). It was fantastic to be there!!
    Hodgo again had a game high 16 tackles. (Sorry, can't find my ruck numbers.)

    In all 3 games our Back Row was Cottrell, Hodgson and McCalman.
    With Ben and Angus still recovering from injuries we'll see changes in the Back Row.

    Looking forward to a rested Old Bull Hodgson join the young Turks who should be still on a high, despite the jet lag, after their win against the Jaguares. I'm tipping a back row of Ross H-P, Hodgson and Hardwick with Naisarani off the bench.

    On average stats this will mean 33 Tackles and good pressure on the Clan's rucks with 80 RIs (69A/21D)

    We'll need all of this talent to counter the efforts of Elliot Dixon, Dillon Hunt, Gareth Evans, Liam Squire and/or Luke Whitelock.

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    Should be a good game. Highlanders are a team we have good battles with. Hopefully a win gives us a distraction from the soap opera in the background.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewg View Post
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    2014 was an epic win in Dunedin, H 29:31 F where the lads managed to hang on despite being down to 13 men for the last 8 minutes (Both McCalman and Coleman in the bin). It was fantastic to be there!!
    Hodgo again had a game high 16 tackles. (Sorry, can't find my ruck numbers.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Thanks for the memories.

    Especially liked the Force defence driving the Clan wide to score their last try - wide enough so that they missed the conversion - and gave the win to the Force.

    Amazing change in the Force's personnel since 2014.

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    I remember that game the highlanders had us on toast but couldn't make the calls to sink us. They were directionless in that game and made all the wrong calls including letting the clock run down when they had penalties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Kieran Longbum put in a massive shot on Kane Hames in the 1st minute that really set the tone! Got the turnover, then two minutes later Cheese scored in the corner! Really came out the blocks that day

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    Great game, Fucken battled right through to the 80!

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    FORCE v HIGHLANDERS in Perth, Saturday 7.45pm AEST

    ALL Blacks halves Aaron Smith and Lima Sopoaga will start from the bench as the Highlanders visit the Force in Perth.

    Smith has been given a breather at halfback, where Kayne Hammington earns a rare start, while five-eighth Sopoaga returns via the bench after missing nine games with a hamstring injury.

    Tevita Li replaces the suspended Waisake Naholo on the wing, All Blacks hooker Liam Coltman returns to start and Elliot Dixon will captain the side from No 8.

    Lock Tom Franklin has been named to play his 50th game.

    The Highlanders are riding a seven-game winning streak while the Force revived their finals hopes with an upset win over the Jaguares in Buenos Aires last week.

    FORCE (TBC)

    HIGHLANDERS (15-1): Matt Faddes, Patrick Osborne, Malakai Fekitoa, Richard Buckman, Tevita Li, Marty Banks, Kayne Hammington, Elliot Dixon (c), Dillon Hunt, Gareth Evans, Tom Franklin, Alex Ainley, Siate Tokolahi, Liam Coltman, Daniel Lienert-Brown

    Reserves: Ash Dixon, Aki Seiuli, Guy Millar, Joe Wheeler, Jackson Hemopo, Aaron Smith, Lima Sopoaga, Rob Thompson

    Referee: Shuhei Kubo (JAP)

    http://www.foxsports.com.au/rugby/su...90aa42b7e599e5

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    If we can get out ahead before the bench comes into play the final 20 mins might be interesting

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    Is Bin Smuth injured?

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    It was great seeing how much that last try lifted the team in the final few minutes against the Argies. They really started firing and looked like they were really enjoying the effort because for once they were getting the reward. Will have gotten big confidence back from that game - hope it rolls on to Sat match. No yellows/injuries please.
    BTW I've noticed Jonno holding his arm in 2 games now - is the arm still playing up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by blueandblack View Post
    Jeez I miss Nathan!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WFDom View Post
    Kieran Longbum put in a massive shot on Kane Hames in the 1st minute that really set the tone! Got the turnover, then two minutes later Cheese scored in the corner! Really came out the blocks that day
    If I recall it was also Kieran who pushed the final try scorer out wide at the end.
    He is a good lad. Devastated by his injuries in England.

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