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Western Force v Reds Super Rugby Preview

Sias Ebersohn tackles Mike Harris

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Article Published: Thursday 3 July 2014|

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Out of the last five Super Rugby matches between the Western Force and the Queensland Reds the Perth based Western Force have won three matches and the Reds two.

Overall the Force have played the Reds 12 times since the Force joined Super Rugby in 2006 and they have won five matches, lost six and drawn one.

The gives the Force a record of winning 42% of their matches at all venues against the Reds and the average score when the teams play each other is : Western Force 24 Queensland Reds 22.

This weekend the match will be played in Perth which is home for the Western Force and where the teams have met five times.

In those five matches the Force have won three matches, lost two and drawn one. That gives the Force a record of winning 60% of their home matches against the Reds.

The average score when the Force play the Reds in Perth is : Western Force 31 Queensland Reds 13.

In 2014 the Force have played 14 matches so far and they have won 8 and lost six matches. At home the Force have played 7 matches and they have won 5 which gives them a record of winning 71% of their home matches.

The Reds on the other hand have also played 14 matches and they have won five and lost nine matches. The Reds have played 7 away matches and they have won 2 giving them a record of winning 29% of their away matches.

The Force are currently in 7th place just outside the play off qualification places. They can still qualify especially since this week the sixth placed team are the Brumbies and they have a bye.

The Reds are out of the running for the play offs as they are in 12th place overall and cannot catch the contenders.

The Reds have had a terrible season with injuries and last week was no different but strangely as they have suffered player losses their game looks to have improved as they have won back to back matches in recent rounds.

Injuries may have pushed the Reds a little too far this week though as three players on the bench have been named to potentially make their debut and another in the starting line up is making his starting debut.

The Force will however be without Sias Ebersohn who is injured and their backline will be run by Ian Prior.

The Bookies have given the Reds a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $250.00 Bet. The Force have a slightly more settled team and home advantage this week and they have more to play for as they can still make the play offs. The Force should win this by 5.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD on the Red Button.

Average score: Western Force 24 Queensland Reds 22

Last five results
05 Apr 2014 Force v Reds 32-29 Brisbane
04 May 2013 Force v Reds 11-11 Perth
16 Mar 2013 Force v Reds 19-12 Brisbane
31 Mar 2012 Force v Reds 45-19 Perth
03 Mar 2012 Force v Reds 20-35 Brisbane

Force overall record against the Reds
Played 12, Wins 5, Losses 6, Draws 1

Match No. 110: Force v Reds
Date :Saturday 5 July
Venue : nib Stadium
Kick Off local: 17:40
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1: James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2: Ian Smith
TMO:Peter Marshall

Teams

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan ,2. Nathan Charles,3. Kieran Longbottom,4. Sam Wykes,5. Wilhelm Steenkamp,6. Hugh McMeniman,7. Matt Hodgson (c),8. Ben McCalman,9. Ian Prior,10. Zack Holmes,11. Nick Cummins ,12. Chris Tuatara-Morrison,13. Marcel Brache,14. Dane Haylett-Petty,15. Jayden Hayward

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann,17. Tetera Faulkner ,18. Oliver Hoskins,19. Adam Coleman ,20. Brynard Stander,21. Justin Turner,22. Dillyn Leyds,23. Solomoni Rasolea

Reds

1. Ben Daley , 2. James Hanson , 3. James Slipper , 4. Rob Simmons , 5. James Horwill (C) , 6. Curtis Browning , 7. Beau Robinson , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Ben Lucas , 11. Lachie Turner , 12. Ben Tapuai , 13. Samu Kerevi (run-on debut) , 14. Rod Davies , 15. Mike Harris

Replacements : 16. Saia Fainga'a , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Sef Faagase (potential debut) , 19. Dave McDuling , 20. Tim Buchanan (potential debut) , 21. Scott Gale (potential debut) , 22. Sam Johnson (potential debut) , 23. Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

 
 
 
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