Brumbies vs Force Super Rugby Preview

This match is unusual as it is one of three matches this year that will be played on a Sunday. After this match there is one more Sunday match for the year but that is next month.


The Brumbies do not have a terribly good record against the Force. They have won three out of five and have lost to the Force at home in Canberra.


In fact the last time that the Force visited Canberra they left as the winners. At 16-25 it was quite a convincing victory for the Force as well.


On averarge the Brumbies usually score 20 points against the Force who score 18 points against the Brumbies. Worryingly for the Brumnbies the averages drop to 15 for the Brumbies and 19 for the Force.


The Force might be on a low after losing 3-31 to the Waratahs last week they head to Canberra knowing that they have a 50 % chance of winning this weekend as they have won one and lost one in the Australian Capital.


Both teams have made some curious selections as the Brumbies have benched Adam Ashley-Cooper and the Force have named James O’Connor at 12. So far this season O’Connor has played at fullback and at fly half and plays on the wing for the Wallabies.


This match could come down to a kicking contest between O’Connor and Matt Giteau (pictured). Last year O’Connor kicked all of the Force’s points and Stirling Mortlock kicked for the Brumbies.


The Bookies have given the  Force a 9 point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 10 and Get 20 in Bets. We think it will be closer and the Brumbies will edge it by 5.


Last five results
12 Feb 2010 Brumbies v Force 24-15 Perth
28 Feb 2009 Brumbies v Force 16-25 Canberra
16 May 2008 Brumbies v Force 22-29 Perth
20 Apr 2007 Brumbies v Force 14-12 Canberra
10 Feb 2006 Brumbies v Force 25-10 Perth


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


Match Officials
Referee: Keith Brown (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Angus Gardner (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
Television match official: George Ayoub (Australia)


Teams


Brumbies : 1. Ben Alexander , 2. Anthony Hegarty , 3. Dan Palmer , 4. Ben Hand , 5. Mark Chisholm , 6. Peter Kimlin , 7. Michael Hooper , 8. Ita Vaea , 9. Josh Valentine , 10. Matt Giteau , 11. Francis Fainifo , 12. Christian Lealiifano , 13. Andrew Smith , 14. Pat McCabe , 15. Matt Toomua


Reserves:16. Elvis Levi , 17. Salesi Ma’afu , 18. Colby Faingaa , 19. Julian Salvi , 20. Patrick Phibbs , 21. Tyrone Smith , 22. Adam Ashley-Cooper


Western Force:1. Kieran Longbottom,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. David Smith,12. James O’Connor,13. Rory Sidey,14. Nick Cummins,15. Pat Dellit


Reserves:16. Nathan Charles ,17. Pek Cowan,18. Tom Hockings,19. Tevita Metuisela,20. James Stannard,21. Gene Fairbanks,22. Alfie Mafi

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