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Article Published: Thursday 15 May 2014|

Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Cape Town based Stormers and the Perth based Western Force the Stormers have won four.

Overall the Stormers have played the Force 7 times since the Perth side joined Super Rugby in 2006 through the Super14 and the Stormers have won 5 times.

That gives the Stormers a record of winning 71% of their matches against the Force.

The average score when the Stormers play the Force is : Stormers 24 Force 17.

This weekend the match will be played in Cape Town where the teams have met three times out of the seven clashes.

From those three home matches the Stormers have won two and the Force one. In 2007 the Force beat the Stormers 3-22 and then in 2009 the Stormers won 25-24. The last time the teams met in Cape Town was in 2011 and the Stormers won 51-16.

In terms of form the Stormers have had a shocker of a year and have dropped back down to last in the standings. They have played 11 matches and won just three matches so far. Two of those were one point wins at home and the third was an 18-3 victory over the Lions.

The Force on the other hand have had one of their best years. They are currently in fifth place and have won seven of their 10 matches. They have also won 7 of their last eight matches.

In recent weeks the Force have beaten the Bulls and the Cheetahs and this will be their third match in a row against a South African team. This week will be their second week on tour which is notoriously a difficult week for teams.

The Stormers have promoted Peter Grant into the starting line up. Grant moves from inside centre to the No.10 shirt in one of five changes to the starting line-up that went down 12-28 to the Bulls in Pretoria last weekend.

Grant's shift from No.12 to No.10 is one of two positional changes to the starting line-up this weekend - the other seeing Damian de Allende move from the right-wing to inside centre.

Other changes to the starting line-up to face the Force this week see the return - from injury - of lock Michael Rhodes and winger Kobus van Wyk, whilst Deon Fourie will start at hooker in place of the injured Scarra Ntubeni.

Rhodes replaces debutant Jean Kleyn in the No.4 shirt, whilst Van Wyk's return in the No.14 jersey has allowed De Allende to move back into the midfield.

The Force on the other hand have handed a debut to Luke Burton who comes in for Kyle Godwin who is one of their better players.

Former Stormers outside back Marcel Brache shifts from outside centre to the wing in place of Dane Haylett-Petty, who will miss the match due to a groin injury.

Brache played four seasons with the Western Province Currie Cup side and made his Super Rugby debut for the Stormers against the Lions in 2012.

Brache will link up in the Western Force back three with both of last weekend's try scorers, Nick Cummins and Jayden Hayward, while Ian Prior and Sias Ebersohn will continue their combination in the halves.

The Western Force has named an unchanged forward pack for Saturday's match, while Patrick Dellit comes into the squad in the only change on the bench.

The Bookies have given the Force a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. While the Stormers have been poor this year their best form has been at home. Three wins in a row against South African teams - and two on the road - might be too much for the Force. The Stormers should edge this by 1.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Stormers 24 Force 17

Last five results
28 Apr 2012 Stormers v Force 17-3 Perth
26 Mar 2011 Stormers v Force 51-16 Cape Town
02 Apr 2010 Stormers v Force 15-16 Perth
09 May 2009 Stormers v Force 25-24 Cape Town
28 Mar 2008 Stormers v Force 32-16 Perth

Stormers overall record against the Force
Played 7 , Wins 5, Losses 2, Draws 0

Match No. 85: Stormers v Force
Date :Saturday 17 May
Venue : Newlands
Kick Off local: 17:05
Referee: Chris Pollock
Assistant Ref 1: Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO: Shaun Veldsman



15. Jaco Taute , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Cheslin Kolbe , 10. Peter Grant (Will play his 100th match for the Stormers) , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain) , 7. Schalk Burger (captain) , 6. Nizaam Carr , 5. Ruan Botha , 4. Michael Rhodes , 3. Pat Cilliers , 2. Deon Fourie , 1. Brok Harris (Will play his 200th combined senior provincial match for WP Rugby)

Replacements: 16. Stephan Coetzee , 17. Alistair Vermaak , 18. Martin Dreyer , 19. Jean Kleyn , 20. Siya Kolisi , 21. Dylon Frylinck (On Super Rugby debut for the Stormers) , 22. Kurt Coleman , 23. Michael van der Spuy

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes,5. Adam Coleman ,6. Angus Cottrell,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman,9. Ian Prior,10. Sias Ebersohn,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Luke Burton,13. Chris Tuatara-Morrison,14. Marcel Brache,15. Jayden Hayward

Reserves16. Heath Tessmann,17. Tetera Faulkner ,18. Ollie Hoskins,19. Wilhelm Steenkamp,20. Brynard Stander,21. Justin Turner,22. Zack Holmes ,23. Patrick Dellit

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