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Western Force v Waratahs Super Rugby Preview

The Waratahs top try scorer Israel Folau is away this weekend on Wallabies duty

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Article Published: Friday 7 June 2013|

The Force and the Waratahs played each other in Sydney three months ago and the Waratahs won by a four point margin.

The Force and the Waratahs have played each other 10 times since the Force joined SUper Rugby in 2006 through the Super 14.

In those ten matches the Force have won two matches and drawn once. That means the Force have won 20% of their matches against the Waratahs.

When the Force play the Waratahs the average score across all venues is : Western Force 14 Waratahs 21.

This weekend the match will be played Perth which is home for the Western Force.

The Force have played the Waratahs five times in Perth and quite surprisingly they have lost all four matches. The closest that the Force have come to beating the Waratahs at home is a losing margin of 5 points.

Due to the Force losing 100% of their matches at home to the Waratahs the average score in Perth is Western Force 10 Waratahs 23.

The Force played the British and Irish Lions on Wednesday and were well beaten. Part of the reason for the Force's 17-69 loss to the Lions was that they named a second string team and kept many of their best players fresh for this week's match against the Waratahs.

At the time of writing the Force had not named their team but they should be able to name a team that is close to their strongest.

The Waratahs on the other hand have named a weakened team to play in Perth as 10 players are away on Wallabies duty and there are also six players out injured.

The Waratahs have a new captain in Pat McCutcheon and there are five up-and-coming club players who will make their NSW debuts. This will not be a normal Waratahs team and it is the best opportunity the Force have ever had to beat the 'Tahs.

The Force only lost by four points in March away from home so home advantage this weekend coupled with Michael Foley's knowledge of the Waratahs - he was their coach last year - the Force have the edge this week.

The Bookies have given the Waratahs a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Given the weakened team the Waratahs have named the Force should sneak this by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 2/HD.

Average score: Western Force 14 Waratahs 21

Last five results
31 Mar 2013 Force v Waratahs 19-23 Sydney
13 Apr 2012 Force v Waratahs 18-23 Perth
17 Mar 2012 Force v Waratahs 21-20 Sydney
07 May 2011 Force v Waratahs 15-20 Sydney
09 Apr 2011 Force v Waratahs 3-31 Perth

Force's overall record against the Waratahs
Played 10,Wins 2, Losses 7,Draws 1

Match No.103 : Force v Waratahs
Date : Sunday 9 June
Venue : NIB Stadium, Perth
Kick Off local: 14:05
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Ed Martin
Assistant Ref 2:Richard Goswell
TMO : Peter Marshall


Western Force

To follow.


1. Jeremy Tilse (vc) ,2. John Ulugia ,3. Paddy Ryan ,4. Will Skelton ,5. Ollie Atkins ,6. Lopeti Timani ,7. Pat McCutcheon (c) ,8. Jed Holloway ,9. Brendan McKibbin ,10. Bernard Foley (vc) ,11. Cam Crawford ,12. Tom Carter ,13. Tom Kingston ,14. Peter Betham ,15. Drew Mitchell

Replacements from:,Sam Talakai ,Luke Holmes ,Damien Fitzpatrick ,Richard Aho ,Adam Coleman ,AJ Gilbert ,Matt Lucas ,Grayson Hart ,Terrence Hepetema ,Ben Volavola

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