Western Force v Brumbies Super Rugby Preview

Out of the last six Super Rugby matches between Perth based Western Force and the Canberra based Brumbies the Canberra side have won five and lost one.

Overall the Force have played the Brumbies 14 times since they joined Super Rugby in 2006 and the Force have won four matches, drawn one and lost nine matches.

That gives the Force a record of winning 29% of their matches against the Brumbies with an average score of Force 18 Brumbies 24.

This weekend the Force will have home advantage as the match will be played in Perth which is where the teams have met 7 times before.

In those 7 matches the Force have won twice, drawn once and lost four times. The average score when the teams meet in Perth is : Force 17 Brumbies 22.

This year the Force have played 14 matches so far and they have won two. Both victories were against the Waratahs. The Force have played 7 matches at home this year and they have won 1. They are last in the overall standings.

The Brumbies are in sixth place in the overall standings having played 14 matches and won 8. They have played 7 matches away from home and won 3.

In terms of selection the Brumbies have made one injury enforced change for this week and Blake Enever comes in to the starting team to replace Sam Carter who is injured.

The Force have named veteran lock Sam Wykes in their starting line up alongside Guy Millar who earns his first opportunity in the run-on side, having played three matches off the bench this season.

The Force have also named a fresh halves pairing, with Alby Mathewson back into the starting side, while Zack Holmes also returns to face the ACT side, where he made his Super Rugby debut in 2012.

The Bookies have given the Force a 10 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Brumbies will be a little more desperate to win this match as they are in sixth place and in real danger of missing the play offs. The Brumbies should win this by 6.

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

Average score: Force 18 Brumbies 24

Last six results
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
27 Apr 2013 Force v Brumbies 7-41 Canberra
30 Jun 2012 Force v Brumbies 17-28 Perth

Force’s overall record against the Brumbies
Played 14, Wins 4 , Losses 9 , Draws 1

Match No.108 : Force v Brumbies
Date : Friday 5 June 2015
Venue : nib Stadium, Perth
Kick Off local: 19:00 local, 21:00 AEST, 23:00 NZST, 13:00 SAST
Referee: Angus Gardner
Assistant Ref 1:Damien Mitchelmore
Assistant Ref 2:Graham Cooper
TMO : Peter Marshall

Teams

Western Force

1. Pekahou Cowan , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Guy Millar , 4. Sam Wykes , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Matt Hodgson (c) , 8. Ben McCalman , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Zack Holmes , 11. Nick Cummins , 12. Kyle Godwin , 13. Marcel Brache , 14. Luke Morahan , 15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Chris Heiberg , 18. Tetera Faulkner , 19. Steve Mafi , 20. Kane Koteka , 21. Ryan Louwrens , 22. Luke Burton , 23. Patrick Dellit

Brumbies

1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore (c), 3. Ben Alexander, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Blake Enever, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. David Pocock, 8. Ita Vaea, 9. Nic White, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Robbie Coleman, 13. Tevita Kuridrani
14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg

Replacements : 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Allan Alaalatoa, 18. Ruan Smith, 19. Jordan Smiler, 20. Jarrad Butler, 21. Michael Dowsett, 22. Nigel Ah Wong, 23. James Dargaville

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