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The third match on Saturday in the final round of Super Rugby is in Canberra where the heavily tipped Brumbies host the Force.

The Brumbies lead the Australian Super Rugby Conference on matches won and have the benefit of playing after the Waratahs so they will know if they need to beat the Force to qualify for the play offs.

The Force are in 16th place overall so they are well out of contention for the play offs.

The Brumbies have played the Western Force 16 times since the Perth side joined Super Rugby in 2006 and they have won 11 matches, lost four and drawn one.

This gives the Brumbies a record of winning 69% of their matches against the Force.

This weekend the match will be played in Canberra where the teams have met 7 times. In those 7 matches the Brumbies have won 5 and lost two which gives them a record of winning 71% of their matches.

The average score when the Brumbies host the Force in Canberra is : Brumbies 26 Force 18

The Brumbies have made one change for this match with Ruan Smith coming in to the starting side to replace Ben Alexander. Smith will run out in the starting side for his 50th Super Rugby cap against the side he made his Super Rugby debut for back in 2012. Alexander has been switched to the reserves list.

Smith will start in the front row alongside Scott Sio and Stephen Moore.

The Force have also made one change to the starting line up sees Brynard Stander coming into the starting line up and Kane Koteka coming onto the bench.

The will be the second clash between the teams this season as the Brumbies defeated the Force at nib Stadium 31-14 in round three.

The Bookies have given the Force a 22 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. The Force have struggled all season so the Brumbies should win this by at least 15 .

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 3.

Average score: Brumbies 25 Force 18

Last five results
11 Mar 2016 Brumbies v Force 31-14 Perth
05 Jun 2015 Brumbies v Force 33-20 Perth
06 Mar 2015 Brumbies v Force 27-15 Canberra
11 Jul 2014 Brumbies v Force 47-25 Canberra
01 Mar 2014 Brumbies v Force 27-14 Perth

Brumbies overall record against the Force
Played 16 , Wins 11 , Losses 4 , Draws 1

Match No.132:Brumbies v Force
Date : Saturday 16 July 2016
Venue : GIO Stadium, Canberra
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Ed Martin
TMO : Damien Mitchelmore

Teams

Brumbies

Scott Sio , Stephen Moore (c) , Ruan Smith , Rory Arnold , Sam Carter , Scott Fardy , Jarrad Butler , Michael Wells , Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c) , James Dargaville , Matt Toomua , Tevita Kuridrani , Nigel Ah Wong , Aidan Toua

Replacements : Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Ben Alexander, Tom Staniforth, Blake Enever, Joe Powell, Andrew Smith, Lausii Taliauli

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan , 2. Harry Scoble , 3. Guy Millar , 4. Ross Haylett-Petty , 5. Rory Walton , 6. Brynard Stander , 7. Chris Alcock , 8. Richard Hardwick , 9. Ian Prior , 10. Jono Lance , 11. Luke Morahan (c) , 12. Kyle Godwin , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Marcel Brache , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : 16. Anaru Rangi , 17. Francois van Wyk , 18. Jermaine Ainsley , 19. Matt Philip , 20. Kane Koteka , 21. Ryan Louwrens , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Semisi Masirewa

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