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Super Rugby moves across Australia to Perth in the second match for Round 3 where the Force host Australian Group leaders the Brumbies.

The Force have played two matches so far and won one and lost one. The Brumbies are unbeaten and have been Super Rugby’s pace-setter so far.

The Force kicked off their season with a home loss to the Rebels but then bounced back and beat the Reds in Brisbane. The Brumbies this week will be an entirely different challenge for the Force.

The unbeaten Brumbies have scored the most tries of all 18 with 10 tries while the have scored just two tries in as many matches.

For this match the Brumbies have made three changes. Lock Blake Enever and No. 8 Ita Vaea are both injured and have been replaced by Rory Arnold and Jarrad Butler.

The third Brumbies change is on the replacements bench where Tom Staniforth comes in for Butler.

The Force have named Wallabies international Ben McCalman in a starting line up that features five changes to the side that won last week. Jermaine Ainsley earns his first run-on start after impressing in his first two stints off the bench. 22-year-old Ross Haylett-Petty also makes the first start of his career while veteran hooker Heath Tessmann comes into the starting fold.

In the only change to the backline, scrumhalf Ian Prior comes into the starting line-up for the first time this season.

Overall the Force have played the Brumbies 15 times since 2006 and the Force have won 4 matches and drawn one. This gives them a record of winning 27% of their matches against the Brumbies.

In Perth the Force have hosted the Brumbies 8 times and won two and drawn one. This translates to a record of winning 25% of their home matches against the Brumbies.

The average score when the Force host the Brumbies in Perth is Western Force 17 Brumbies 23.

The Bookies have given the Force a 12 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Brumbies are more settled and should have too much momentum and power for the Force in this one. The Brumbies should win by 10 or more.

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

Average score: Western Force 18 Brumbies 25

Last five results
05 Jun 2015 Force v Brumbies 20-33 Perth
06 Mar 2015 Force v Brumbies 15-27 Canberra
11 Jul 2014 Force v Brumbies 25-47 Canberra
01 Mar 2014 Force v Brumbies 14-27 Perth
13 Jul 2013 Force v Brumbies 21-15 Perth

Force’s overall record against the Brumbies
Played 15 , Wins 4, Losses 10, Draws 1

Match No.18:Force v Brumbies
Date : Friday 11 March 2016
Venue : nib Stadium, Perth
Kick Off local: 19:05 local
Referee: Andrew Lees
Assistant Ref 1:Damien Mitchelmore
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO :Ian Smith

Teams

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan, 2. Heath Tessmann, 3. Jermaine Ainsley, 4. Ross Haylett-Petty, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Brynard Stander, 7. Matt Hodgson, 8. Ben McCalman, 9. Ian Prior, 10. Jono Lance, 11. Semisi Masirewa, 12. Solomoni (Junior Rasolea), 13. Ben Tapuai, 14. Luke Morahan, 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : 16. Nathan Charles, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Guy Millar, 19. Sitiveni (Stevie) Mafi, 20. Angus Cottrell, 21. Alby Mathewson, 22. Peter Grant, 23. Marcel Brache,

Brumbies

Scott Sio, Stephen Moore (c), Ben Alexander, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter, Scott Fardy, David Pocock, Jarrad Butler, Tomás Cubelli , Christian Lealiifano (c), Joe Tomane, Matt Toomua, Tevita Kuridrani, Henry Speight, Aidan Toua

Replacements : Joss Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, Tom Staniforth, Jordan Smiler, Michael Dowsett, Andrew Smith, Nigel Ah Wong.

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