Force vs Waratahs Super Rugby preview

The Force and the Waratahs have a funny record against each other. They have played each other five times and the Waratahs have won three times.


The last three clashes between the teams have been decided by home (dis)advantage as the away team has won. Before this run there was a draw.


Generally these matches are armwrestles and not too many points are scored. In five matches the Force have scored 60 points and the Waratahs 93. On average then the Force score 12 points and the Waratahs score 19 points.


In Perth on average score 10 points against the Waratahs who score 21 so the Tahs like visiting Perth.


The Force will be up for this match after losing by a point to the Rebels last week. They have clearly improved but there is still something missing.


On the other hand the Waratahs have not set the world on fire yet but do know how to strangle the life out of their opponents and close off a match to win.


Significantly the Force suffered a major blow last week when loosie Matt Hodgson joined David Pocock on the sideline with a shoulder injury in the loss to the Rebels. You can’t win a match without the ball.


The match will be the first time that Ryan Cross will be playing against a former team of his. The match will also see former Force players Drew Mitchell and Sitaleki Timani playing against their old team mates.


The Bookies have given the  Force a six point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 10 and Get 20. We think the Force will struggle to get possession and the Waratahs should win by 9 points.


Last five results.
20 Mar 2010 Force v Waratahs 10-14 Perth
18 Apr 2009 Force v Waratahs 15-14 Sydney
12 Apr 2008 Force v Waratahs 12-17 Perth
02 Mar 2007 Force v Waratahs 16-16 Sydney
17 Mar 2006 Force v Waratahs 7-32 Perth


Force’s overall record against the Waratahs
Played 5 , Wins 1 , Losses 3, Draws 1


Match Officials
Referee: Garratt Williamson (New Zealand)
Assistant referee: Steve Walsh (Australia), Julian Pritchard (Australia)
Television match official: Steve Lesczcynski (Australia)


Teams


Western Force:1. Pek Cowan,2. Ben Whittaker,3. Tim Fairbrother,4. Sam Wykes,5. Nathan Sharpe (c),6. Richard Brown,7. Jono Jenkins,8. Ben McCalman,9. Brett Sheehan,10. Willie Ripia,11. Cameron Shepherd,12. Gene Fairbanks,13. Nick Cummins,14. David Smith,15. James O’Connor


Reserves:16. Nathan Charles,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Tom Hockings,19. Tevita Metuisela,20. James Stannard,21. Rory Sidey,22. Pat Dellit


Waratahs :15. Lachie Turner , 14. Atieli Pakalani , 13. Ryan Cross , 12. Tom Carter , 11. Drew Mitchell , 10. Kurtley Beale , 9. Luke Burgess , 8. Wycliff Palu , 7. Pat McCutcheon , 6. Ben Mowen , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm [c] , 3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Benn Robinson


Reserves , 16. Damien Fitzpatrick , 17. Al Baxter , 18. Sitaleki Timani , 19. Dave Dennis , 20. Chris Alcock , 21. Brendan McKibbin , 22. Daniel Halangahu

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