The Waratahs met the Western Force twice in 2013 and in both Super Rugby matches the New South Wales side came out as winners over the Western Australian side.
Out of the last five matches between the Waratahs and the Western Force the Waratahs have won four and lost once. Extending that to the last eight matches and the Waratahs have only lost once.
Overall the Waratahs have played the Force 11 times since 2006 when the Western Australian side joined Super Rugby in the Super 14 and the Sydney side have won 8 times, lost twice and drawn once.
That gives the Waratahs a record of winning 73% of their matches against the Western Force across all venues.
The average score when the Waratahs play the Western Force across all venues is Waratahs 22 Force 14.
This weekend the match will be played in Sydney which is home for the Waratahs and where the teams have played each other five times.
Strangely while the Waratahs have played the Force five times at home they have only won at home twice. The Force won two of the matches and finished with a draw on their first visit back in 2007.
That gives the Waratahs a record of winning just 40% of their home matches against the Western Force. To put that strange result in context the Waratahs have played the Force six times in Perth and have never lost there.
The average score when the Waratahs play the Western Force is Waratahs 19 Force 17.
In terms of selection the Waratahs have named Bernard Foley to start at fly half and Kurtley Beale at centre with Israel Folau at fullback. The Waratahs back line is filled with danger across the field if new signing Nick Phipps can get the ball out to the backs.
The Force are expected to put special effort in at the breakdown in order to stop Phipps from spreading the ball to the backs and they will have their work cut out for them. There will also be an interesting battle between Phipps and Alby Mathewson who will be winning his 110th cap.
The Bookies have given the Force a 13 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. We think the Waratahs will be too strong for the Force and they will have too much talent in the backs. We think the Waratahs will win comfortably by 12.
This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and delayed in the UK on Sky Sports HD.
Average score: Waratahs 22 Force 14
Last five results
09 Jun 2013 Waratahs v Force 28-13 Perth
31 Mar 2013 Waratahs v Force 23-19 Sydney
13 Apr 2012 Waratahs v Force 23-18 Perth
17 Mar 2012 Waratahs v Force 20-21 Sydney
07 May 2011 Waratahs v Force 20-15 Sydney
Waratahs overall record against the Force
Played 11,Wins 8, Losses 2, Draws 1
Match No. 9: Waratahs vs Force
Date :22 February 2014
Venue : Sydney
Kick Off local: 16.05
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant Ref 1: Matt O'Brien
Assistant Ref 2: Ed Martin
TMO: George Ayoub
1. Benn Robinson , 2. Tatafu Polota Nau , 3. Paddy Ryan , 4. Will Skelton , 5. Kane Douglas , 6. Dave Dennis (c), 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Wycliff Palu , 9. Nick Phipps , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Peter Betham , 12. Kurtley Beale , 13. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 14. Alofa Alofa , 15. Israel Folau
Replacements: 16. Tola Latu , 17. Jeremy Tilse , 18. Sekope Kepu , 19. Jacques Potgieter , 20. Stephen Hoiles /Pat McCutcheon , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22. Rob Horne , 23. Matt Carraro /Cam Crawford
1. Pek Cowan/Tetera Faulkner,2. Nathan Charles/Heath Tessmann,3. Ollie Hoskins/Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes ,5. Hugh McMeniman/Wilhelm Steenkamp,6. Chris Alcock/Angus Cottrell,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman/Brynard Stander,9. Alby Mathewson/Ian Prior,10. Sias Ebersohn/Zack Holmes,11. Nick Cummins,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Junior Rasolea,14. Marcel Brache/Patrick Dellit ,15. Luke Morahan