Force v Waratahs Super Rugby preview

The Force beat the Waratahs in Sydney last month by a single point but that victory ended a three match losing streak for the Force that stretched back to 2009.


Historically the Force and the Waratahs have played each other 8 times and the Force have won two of those matches.


Strangely both of those victories came in Sydney as the Force have played the Waratahs in Perth four times and lost all four matches.


On average when the Force and the Waratahs play each other the score is Force 12 Waratahs 21 but in Perth the average score is 8-24 to the Waratahs.


The last time the Waratahs visited Perth was last year and they won 3-31.


Last week the Waratahs had the bye and the week before that they beat the Sharks 34-30.


The Force lost 14-20 to the Chiefs last weekend and the weekend before that they hammered the Reds 45-19 so it’s difficult to say where they are with form.


We can probably expect a slower start from the Waratahs after their bye but like the Force their form has been differing from week to week.


The Bookies have given the Force a 3 point start for this match – with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. Both teams have had such differing form we have to look at history. The Waratahs should win by 2.


This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports website.


Average score: Force 12 Waratahs 21


Last five results
17 Mar 2012 Force v Waratahs 21-20 Sydney
07 May 2011 Force v Waratahs 15-20 Sydney
09 Apr 2011 Force v Waratahs 3-31 Perth
20 Mar 2010 Force v Waratahs 10-14 Perth
18 Apr 2009 Force v Waratahs 15-14 Sydney


Force’s overall record against the Waratahs
Played 8, Wins 2 , Losses 5, Draws 1


Match No .50: Force v Waratahs
Date Friday 13 April
Venue : Perth
Kick Off local: 19:10
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:Julian Pritchard
TMO:George Ayoub


Teams


Waratahs


15. Bernard Foley , 14. Tom Kingston , 13. Rob Horne , 12. Tom Carter , 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 10. Berrick Barnes (VC) , 9. Brendan McKibbin , 8. Wycliff Palu , 7. Chris Alcock , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm , 3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Benn Robinson , captain


Replacements, 16. John Ulugia , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Sitaleki Timani , 19. Lopeti Timani , 20. Jono Jenkins , 21. Sarel Pretorius (Gordon), 22. Daniel Halangahu


Western Force


1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Salesi Ma’afu,4. Toby Lynn,5. Nathan Sharpe,6. Richard Brown,7. David Pocock (Captain),8. Matt Hodgson,9. Brett Sheehan,10. Ben Seymour,11. Alfie Mafi,12. Winston Stanley,13. Nick Cummins,14. Rory Sidey,15. David Harvey


Reserves:,16. Elvis Taione,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Phoenix Battye,19. Ben McCalman,20. Josh Holmes,21. Cameron Shepherd,22. Patrick Dellit

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