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Queensland Super Rugby franchise the Reds will host the second Australian Super Rugby derby clash of Round 2 as they are at home hosting the Western Force.

Both teams lost their opening matches as the Reds were beaten 30-10 by the Waratahs in Sydney while the Force were beaten 19-25 in Perth by the Melbourne Rebels.

The Force have been given a boost for this match as Wallaby No.8 Ben McCalman makes his return to the side through the replacements bench while Fijian-born flyer, Semisi Masirewa gets his first Super Rugby start after showing promise in 13-minutes off the bench on debut in Round One.

The front row remains unchanged with veteran loosehead Pek Cowan linking up with hooker Nathan Charles and Guy Millar at tighthead. Steve Mafi and Adam Coleman will again partner in the second row. Coleman lead all comers in lineout takes in Round one and will again look to dominate come Saturday.

Rounding out the forward pack Matt Hodgson, Brynard Stander and Angus Cottrell will make up the backrow.

In the backline, scrumhalf Alby Mathewson will again look to provide quality service for Jono Lance at flyhalf. In the centres Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea comes in at No.12 to replace the injured Kyle Godwin while Ben Tapuai returns to Suncorp Stadium to face his old side for the first time. Masirewa, Luke Morahan and Dane Haylett-Petty will make up the back three.

Coming off the bench, Jermaine Ainsley will back up after and impressive performance on debut along with Peter Grant while Marcel Brache moves to the bench.

The Reds have been forced into making changes due to injury and Reds head coach Richard Graham has made two changes to the side that lost to the Waratahs as Japanese Test player Ayumu Goromaru will make his starting debut at fullback while an ankle injury to Henry Teafu (6-8 weeks) sees Karmichael Hunt shift to inside centre.

The Reds have played the Force 15 times in Super Rugby since 2006 when they Western Australian side joined Super Rugby. In those 15 matches the Reds have won 8. drawn one and lost 6. This gives them a record of winning 53% of their matches against the Perth side.

The Reds have played the Force 8 times in Brisbane and won six and lost two. That gives the Reds a record of winning 75% of their home matches against the Western Australia side. The average score when the Reds host the Force is Reds 28 Western Force 17.

The Waratahs said last week that the had to work to beat the Reds who tested them throughout the match but particularly in the second half. The Force look to be still coming to terms with their new style of play and this week may be too soon for them to come good.

The Bookies have given the a Force a 6 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. Like many other teams the Reds have always been at their best when they are at home and home advantage should be key. The Reds should win this by 5.

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

Average score: Reds 23 Western Force 22

Last five results
30 May 2015 Reds v Force 32-10 Perth
21 Feb 2015 Reds v Force 18-6 Brisbane
05 Jul 2014 Reds v Force 20-30 Perth
05 Apr 2014 Reds v Force 29-32 Brisbane
04 May 2013 Reds v Force 11-11 Perth

Reds overall record against the Force
Played 15 , Wins 8 , Losses 6 , Draws 1

Match No.14: Reds v Force
Date : Saturday 5 March 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 19:45 local
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Queensland Reds

1. Ben Daley , 2. Saia Fainga’a , 3. Greg Holmes , 4. Cadeyrn Neville , 5. Rob Simmons (C) , 6. Hendrik Tui , 7. Curtis Browning , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Nick Frisby , 10. Jake McIntyre , 11. Eto Nabuli , 12. Karmichael Hunt , 13. Samu Kerevi , 14. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 15. Ayumu Goromaru (run-on debut)

Replacements : 16. Andrew Ready , 17. Sef Fa’agase , 18. Sam Talakai , 19. Ben Matwijow , 20. Michael Gunn , 21. Scott Gale , 22. Sam Greene , 23. Junior Laloifi (Queensland/Super Rugby debut)

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Guy Millar , 4. Steve Mafi , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Brynard Stander , 7. Matt Hodgson , 8. Angus Cottrell , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Jono Lance , 11. Semisi Masirewa , 12. Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea , 13. Ben Tapuai , 14. Luke Morahan , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements: 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Chris Heiberg , 18. Jermaine Ainsley , 19. Ross Haylett-Petty , 20. Ben McCalman , 21. Ian Prior , 22. Peter Grant , 23. Marcel Brache

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