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Super Rugby moves to Western Australia in the third match on Saturday as the Western Force host the Stormers in Perth.

The Force go into this match a little on the backfoot as Pek Cowan has been stripped of the captaincy and it has been handed to Luke Morahan. This comes after some of the Force players allegedly urinated in a South African hotel hallway and broke curfew.

There were also reports of a fight between the Haylett-Petty brothers. Force coach Dave Wessels has decided against dropping players for obedience reasons which is not terribly surprising given the way the Force’s season has gone.

The Stormers have not had their best season either but they are at the top of the Africa 1 Conference and need only a losing bonus point from two matches to qualify and conference winners. Last week they achieved their higest ever score in Super Rugby and have had to travel less than the Force for this match.

The Force have played the Stormers 9 times since 2006 and they have won 2 matches and lost seven. This gives them a record of winning 22% of their matches.

The match will be played in Perth where the teams have met 5 times. In those five matches the Force have won 1 match and lost four. The average score when the Force host the Stormers in Perth is Force 15 Stormers 23.

The last Force victory over the Stormers was in 2010 which means that the Force went through the whole of the “Super15” phase of Super Rugby without beating the Stormers and are on a four match losing streak.

For this match the Stormers have made two changes to the team that outscored the Rebels by four tries to seven. Sikhumbuzo Notshe replacing the injured Nizaam Carr on the flank whilst Alistair Vermaak starts at loosehead prop as Oli Kebble is sidelined with a knee injury.

As a result prop Wilco Louw and utility back Huw Jones come onto the replacements bench which features five forwards and three backs.

While the Force coach has not taken disciplinary action against players he has made four changes to the side for this week. Ben Tapuai returns to the side at outside centre, while local product Richard Hardwick has been named for his first run on start.

In the other changes to the side Guy Millar comes into the starting lineup at tighthead for Tetera Faulkner who suffered an achilles tendon injury against the Cheetahs last week, Ryan Louwrens gets the nod at starting scrumhalf and Jermaine Ainsley comes onto the bench.

The Bookies have given the Force a 9 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets. Last week the Stormers demonstrated that they are in form while the Force have lost three matches in a row. The Stormers should win by 15.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports 4. Average score: Force 15 Stormers 23

Last five results
18 Apr 2015 Force v Stormers 6-13 Perth
17 May 2014 Force v Stormers 8-24 Cape Town
28 Apr 2012 Force v Stormers 3-17 Perth
26 Mar 2011 Force v Stormers 16-51 Cape Town
02 Apr 2010 Force v Stormers 16-15 Perth

Force’s overall record against the Stormers
Played 9 , Wins 2, Losses 7, Draws 0

Match No.123:Force v Stormers
Date : Saturday 9 July 2016
Venue : nib Stadium, Perth
Kick Off local: 19:55 local
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Ref 1:Graham Cooper
Assistant Ref 2:Michael Hogan
TMO :Peter Marshall

Teams

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan , 2. Harry Scoble , 3. Guy Millar , 4. Ross Haylett-Petty , 5. Rory Walton , 6. Richard Hardwick , 7. Chris Alcock , 8. Angus Cottrell , 9. Ryan Louwrens , 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. Byrnard Stander , 21. Ian Prior , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Semisi Masirewa

Stormers

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Daniel du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 18 JP Smith, 17 Wilco Louw, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Huw Jones, 23 Scott van Breda.

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