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    FORCE NAMED TO ‘FAREWELL SHARPIE’ AT HOME

    The Emirates Western Force have made two changes to their side that will farewell inaugural captain Nathan Sharpe at nib Stadium against the Brumbies on Saturday night.

    Sharpe, who has played a tournament record 160 Super Rugby matches, will make his final home appearance in front of ‘the Sea of Blue’ on Saturday before completing his stellar provincial career in Christchurch against the Crusaders in a fortnight’s time.

    The veteran lock will be joined in the starting XV by fellow inaugural Emirates Western Force teammate Richard Brown, who earns his promotion into the run-on side in the absence of injured No.8 Ben McCalman. Brown will start the match at blindside flanker, with Matt Hodgson shifting to the back of the scrum and Wallabies skipper David Pocock – who along with Sharpe played all four Tests during the inbound international series – resuming his place at openside and captain.

    The other change to the Emirates Western Force side that defeated the Lions 17-11 a month ago sees scrumhalf Josh Holmes rewarded for a strong performance in last weekend’s 42-0 win over the South Australian President’s XV in Adelaide. Following Holmes’ call-up to the run-on side, Brett Sheehan joins David Harvey as backline reserves.

    The Emirates Western Force will again feature five forwards on their bench, with former Australian Under 20 representative Tetera Faulkner joining hooker Elvis Taione and Salesi Manu as front row replacement options.

    Saturday’s match will also serve as the final home appearance for marquee winger Napolioni Nalaga, who will return to French club, Clermont, at the completion of the 2012 FxPro Super Rugby season.

    Emirates Western Force Defence & Skills Coach Phil Blake says his side will be endeavouring to make it a memorable occasion for the club’s departing players.

    “Saturday night is a big occasion for the club and its supporters, and particularly for Sharpie, who has sacrificed a lot for this club over the past seven years,” said. “You’d like to think that the guys would be able to extract another one or two per cent out of their games and their performance for the club and for Sharpie.

    “In saying that, we won’t be getting carried away. At the end of the day, our priority is going out there to win a game of footy and so whatever the motivation is, we’ll bring it, but we need a committed 80-minute performance before we can start dancing in the streets.”

    Blake says his side returns refreshed following the competition’s three-week hiatus due to international Tests against Scotland and Wales.

    “The effects of the three-week break are yet to be seen but everyone is in the same boat,” he said. “What it has done is reenergized us, it’s given us an opportunity to work on a few things, and the match in South Australia last week will also hold us in good stead.

    “We’ve still got a lot to play for in the last three weeks of the competition – not least of which is for our fans, who have stuck by us throughout this season. We only to get to play 16 games during the [regular] season and in light of where we’re sitting, we’re certainly still looking to extract every win we can until the end of the season.”

    Saturday will be the Emirates Western Force’s final home match for 2012 before completing their FxPro Super Rugby campaign with matches against the Blues in Auckland (7 July) and Crusaders in Christchurch (14 July).



    2012 FxPro Super Rugby – Week 19
    Emirates Western Force v Brumbies
    Saturday, 30 June 2012 at nib Stadium, Perth
    Kick-off: 5.40pm (AWST)

    1. Pek Cowan
    2. Nathan Charles
    3. Salesi Ma’afu
    4. Toby Lynn
    5. Nathan Sharpe
    6. Richard Brown
    7. David Pocock (c)
    8. Matt Hodgson
    9. Josh Holmes
    10. Ben Seymour
    11. Napolioni Nalaga
    12. Rory Sidey
    13. Will Tupou
    14. Nick Cummins
    15. Alfie Mafi

    16. Elvis Taione
    17. Tetera Faulkner
    18. Salesi Manu
    19. Phoenix Battye
    20. Lachlan McCaffrey
    21. Brett Sheehan
    22. David Harvey

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    Sharpe, Hodgson and Brown (bench) all played in the inagural match in 2006

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    80 Minutes, 15 Positions, No Protection, Wanna Ruck?

    Ruck Me, Maul Me, Make Me Scrum!

    Education is Important, but Rugby is Importanter!

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    I'm not impressed with the backs makeup on the bench. No pace or power, cant change the course of a match so no tactical alterations. Not really happy about Sidey at 12. Were are Sam Wara and Pat Dellit?

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    2 Props on the bench? Get Siddy out of the 12 FFS!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Really pleased to see Nathan Charles named in the team. Was worried about the ankle injury he picked up last weekend.

    Have we seen the last of Benny Mac for the season? Hope not :-(

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    Hey Alison, welcome to the forum. I see you have been "lurking" for a year or two hehe.

    I suspect that Benny Mac might be finished for the year with only three matches to go. Probably Chucky as well sounded like he got screws out the other day.

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    Heard that Cottrell is coming back for Soaks in a week or two, as well. Won't make the Super season, though.

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    "You’d like to think that the guys would be able to extract another one or two per cent out of their games and their performance for the club and for Sharpie"

    BS.. 10% more like it, for most of them bar the likes of Bam and usual work horses.. This is Sharpies final hurrah, so go hard boys!

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    This game should be the hardest they have ever played.
    Lets make sure The Sea of Blue lets them know how passionate we are to see a win for
    "Our Sharpie"

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    May the FORCE be with you!

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    I like the look of the side. C'mon boys - let's do it for Sharpie!

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    coz Stone Cold says so

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    Quote Originally Posted by sittingbison View Post
    Hey Alison, welcome to the forum. I see you have been "lurking" for a year or two hehe.

    I suspect that Benny Mac might be finished for the year with only three matches to go. Probably Chucky as well sounded like he got screws out the other day.
    "stalking" I think you mean! LOL

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    Welcome aboard Alison

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elf1 View Post
    Welcome aboard Alison

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    Ma'afu just tweeted that he has a broken arm. That may have been why two props were named on the bench.

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    So now Salesi Maafu's broken his arm?!

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