Stormers vs Force Super Rugby Preview

The Stormers have lost just two of their last home 10 games but the men from Western Australia have not shirked the Newlands challenge as they are one of only two Australian teams that have managed to beat the Stormers in Cape Town since 2007.


In that year, the Western Force won by 22-3, while the Brumbies beat the Stormers by 19-17 last season.


In 2009, during their only other visit to the Mother City, the Force made the Stormers work hard for a nail-biting 25-24 victory. It’s not been that difficult in Cape Town against the Waratahs and the Reds for the Stormers, though.


The hosts have been undefeated in their last three matches against the teams from Sydney and Brisbane, which includes a 25-6 victory in the 2010 Super 14 semi-final.


Apart from the six wins and two defeats, the Stormers have also drawn two games in their last ten against Australian opposition – that was in rainy conditions in 2008 against the Waratahs (13-13) and in 2006 against the Brumbies (15-15).


The Stormers are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Super Rugby competition. They have already notched up three home victories, over the Highlanders (18-6), Cheetahs (21-15) and the Lions (19-16), as well as one away, last Saturday against the Bulls in Pretoria (23-13).


The Stormers and the Force have played each other five times and the Stormers have won three times. Due to the Force’s 2007 3-22 victory in Cape Town the averages are a little off. The Stormers on average score 20 points against the Force who normally score 21 points. However due to that 2007 victory the Force come out on top as they have scored 23 points in Cape Town and the Stormers only 14 against the Force.


The Force have been growing nicely and secured a good win over the Lions last week. This week will be particularly interesting for the Force as the Stormers specialise in preventing teams from playing their game.


The Force say that they are quietly confident about this week’s match and they will need to be as the Stormers top the table and the Force are only in ninth place.


Due to the difference in the standings and home advantage the Bookies have given the Force a 10 point start – with an offer of Bet 10 and Get 20 in bets. The Force will need to be right on their game and James O’Connor will need to have his kicking boots on as Peter Grant always has his on. Stormers should win by 7 at least.


On a lighter note, we noticed last week that Bryan Habana had cut his hair and as soon as he did he found the try-line – is this a coincidence? If that is the case imagine what Blues winger Rene Ranger would do with a haircut!


Last five results.
02 Apr 2010 Stormers v Force 15-16 Perth
09 May 2009 Stormers v Force 25-24 Cape Town
28 Mar 2008 Stormers v Force 32-16 Perth
09 Feb 2007 Stormers v Force 3-22 Cape Town
31 Mar 2006 Stormers v Force 26-25 Perth


Stormers overall record against the Force
Played 5 , Wins 3, Losses 2, Draws 0


Match : Stormers vs Force
Date: Sat 26 March
Venue : Cape Town
Kick Off local: 15:00
Kick Off GMT: 13:00
Referee: Pro Legoete
Assistant Ref 1:MarkLawrence
Assistant Ref 2:Christie DuPreez
TMO:Gerrie Coetzee


Teams


Stormers :15. Gio Aplon,14. Danie Poolman,13. Jaque Fourie,12. Jean De Villiers (C),11. Bryan Habana,10. Peter Grant,9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Duane Vermuelen,7. Francois Louw,6. Pieter Louw,5. Andries Bekker,4. De Kock Steenkamp,3. B

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