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    Waratahs v Western Force, Official Preview

    Waratahs v Western Force, preview

    March 01, 2007 - 2:22am
    Story by: Sportal

    Venue & time:

    Sydney Football Stadium (Sydney). Friday March 2, 2007 19.40 AEDT

    Head to head:

    Played 1: Waratahs 1, Western Force 0

    Last time:

    March 17, 2006 (Perth). Waratahs 32 - 7 Western Force

    Walking wounded & team changes:

    The Waratahs lost skipper Phil Waugh for most of the season with an ankle injury last start and have a number of other key players on the long-term injured list including Wallabies Daniel Vickerman and Alex Kanaar. However, the team has had the benefit of the bye last week so most players have been able to get over any niggling injuries. In addition to rookie Beau Robinson taking Waugh's spot, Waratahs coach Ewen McKenzie has opted to make a few positional changes in the backline. Morgan Turinui returns to the starting side on the wing, Peter Hewat moves to fullback and former flyhalf Daniel Halangahu starts at inside centre. Wallaby David Lyons has recovered from a set of injuries and will play in his first match of the 2007 Super 14 season after being named on the bench.

    Loose forward David Pusey has overcome a groin injury and returns to the Force starting line-up at blindside flanker, with Luke Doherty going back to the bench. The only other change sees openside flanker Richard Brown come back into the run-on side, at the expense of Matt Hodgson, who drops out of the 22.


    The Waratahs have only won one of their opening three games. They stitched up the Lions quite convincingly before being beaten by the in-form Sharks and then just fell short in their last contest against the Cheetahs. They have been playing good rugby in patches but need to put in a concerted, 80-minute effort.

    The Western Force are one of the form teams of the comp at the moment. They have looked spectacular at times scoring some fantastic tries, but they still seem to panic when the pressure is on. They can beat anyone in the competition on their day, but consistency and patience is what they need to acquire.

    Who's hot:

    It is hard not to be impressed by Waratahs teenage flyhalf Kurtley Beale. He bamboozled the opposition at times in attack in his debut Super 14 start last match. He has a stack of natural ability combined with lightning fast feet and unpredictability that makes him so dangerous. Other standouts include Wycliff Palu and Rocky Elsom, who took up the strain in the loose last week following the loss of Waugh, while new skipper Adam Freier will want to lead from the front.

    Western Force centre Ben Cross (ahh, that would be Ryan!) had a huge game last week. The rugby league convert seems to be finding his feet in Super rugby and created plenty of havoc in the middle of the park. Winger Cameron Shepherd is another one to watch, while Matt Giteau is relishing the flyhalf role. Prop Gareth Hardy has been playing out of his skin as has skipper Nathan Sharpe.


    1. Benn Robinson,
    2. Adam Freier [c],
    3. Alastair Baxter,
    4. Dean Mumm,
    5. Will Caldwell,
    6. Rocky Elsom,
    7. Beau Robinson,
    8. Wycliff Palu,

    9. Josh Valentine,
    10. Kurtley Beale,
    11. Lote Tuqiri,
    12. Daniel Halangahu,
    13. Ben Jacobs,
    14. Morgan Turinui,
    15. Peter Hewat

    16. Tatafu Polota-Nau,
    17. Aaron Broughton-Rouse,
    18. Ben Hand,
    19. David Lyons,
    20. Brett Sheehan,
    21. Sam Norton-Knight,
    22. Sam Harris

    Western Force:

    1. Gareth Hardy
    2. Brendan Cannon
    3. Troy Takiari
    4. Rudi Vedelago
    5. Nathan Sharpe (c)
    6. David Pusey
    7. Richard Brown
    8. Scott Fava

    9. Matt Henjak
    10. Matt Giteau
    11. Cameron Shepherd
    12. Junior Pelesasa
    13. Ryan Cross
    14. Scott Staniforth
    15. Drew Mitchell

    16. Tai McIsaac
    17. Angus Scott
    18. Luke Doherty
    19. David Pocock
    20. Chris O’Young
    21. James Hilgendorf
    22. Haig Sare

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    Is this Force team final? I am from PNG and am looking forward to watch Daruda

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    Yeah, unfortunately for you Posman that is the line up for tomorrow night.
    At this stage I think Scotty will have to wait for an injury to get a run, Mitch seems pretty settled in his selection so far with Daruda having only made the Bench this season while Jimmy Hilgendorf was out.

    Does Scotty get much media in PNG or did you just happen to find him yourself?

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