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The Emirates Western Force will open its 2007 Super 14 season against the Highlanders at Subiaco Oval on Friday 2 February.


The match will be the first of seven games the Emirates Western Force will play at home, one more than in 2006, and is sure to be an exciting encounter after the Highlanders’ three point win in Dunedin in April.


Other home fixtures include a visit by the Queensland Reds and the 2006 competition runners-up, the Hurricanes.


In contrast to 2006, the Emirates Western Force will travel to South Africa early in the season, and finish the year with two home games, against the Cheetahs and the Blues, respectively.


The Emirates Western Force beat the Cheetahs in the 2006 seasonand will be keen avenge their big loss to the Blues in April this year.


Emirates Western Force coach John Mitchell said there was no such thing as an easy draw but the 2007 fixtures would mean less time on the road.


‘It’s a big improvement on 2006 ‘ we’re in Australia for a much longer period and we are only outside the country for a fortnight on a couple of occasions,’ Mitchell said.


‘Our biggest challenge will be the road trip to Hamilton (Chiefs) and Christchurch (Crusaders) followed by the Brumbies in Canberra on the way home.’















































































DAY & DATE


MATCH


VENUE


Kick-off


(local time)


1.  Friday 02 February


W Force v Highlanders


Perth


19:05

2.  Friday 09 February

Stormers v W Force


Cape Town


18:00

3.  Friday 16 February

Bulls v W Force


Pretoria


20:35

4.  Saturday 24 February

W Force v Lions/Spears*


Perth


19:05

5.  Friday 02 March

Waratahs v W Force


Sydney


19:40

6.  Friday 09 March

W Force v Hurricanes


Perth


19:05


7.  Friday 16 March


 W Force v Reds


Perth


19:05

8.

                    Bye

 
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9.  Friday 30 March


W Force v Sharks


Perth


19:05


10. Saturday 07 April


Crusaders v W Force

Christchurch

19:35


11. Saturday 14 April


Chiefs v W Force


Hamilton


14:35


12. Friday 20 April

Brumbies v W Force

Canberra


19:40


13. Friday 27 April

W Force v Cheetahs

Perth


19:40


14. Saturday 05 May


W Force v Blues


Perth


19:05


* It has yet to be determined whether the fifth South African team will be the Lions (formerly the Cats) from Johannesburg or the Spears from the Eastern Cape .

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