Reds vs Western Force Super Rugby Preview

The Reds have won four out of the last five matches between them and the Force but the last match was comfortably won by the Force.

The Reds and the Force have played each other 9 times since the Force joined Super Rugby in 2006 and the Reds have won six and lost three.

The Reds have therefore won 66% of their matches against the Force and the average score when the teams meet is a surprising Reds 24 Force 25.

This weekend’s match will be a home match for the Reds as it will be played in Brisbane where the teams have played each other five times.

In those five Brisbane meetings the Reds have won on every occasion so they are undefeated at home to the Force.

The average score when the Reds host the Force swings heavily in the Reds favour to Reds 33 Force 16 which is a 17 point difference.

Surprisingly even though the Reds have won every match against the Force in Brisbane they have only once scored four or more tries and that was back in 2010 when they beat the Force 50-10 and scored 7 tries.

In terms of selection the Reds have made three changes to the team that beat the Rebels last weekend but the big change is the return of Will Genia.

Digby Ioane was dropped for an off-field incident so the Reds have Luke Morahan and young gun Chris Feauai-Sautia on the wings while the pack is unchanged for the fourth week in a row.

The Force delayed naming their team but they will definitely be without winger Nick Cummins and Sam Wykes while there is doubt over captain Matt Hodgson as he is expecting his first child on Monday.

Hodgson also has a fitness cloud hovering over a hamstring injury he picked up against the Bulls and due to this at the time of writing the Force had not yet named their team.

The Bookies have given the Force a 14 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET. The Reds have a strong record at home and should win this comfortably. The Reds should win by 14 or more.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 4 HD.

Average score: Reds 24 Force 25

Last five results
31 Mar 2012 Reds v Force 19-45 Perth
03 Mar 2012 Reds v Force 35-20 Brisbane
11 Jun 2011 Reds v Force 24-21 Perth
20 Feb 2011 Reds v Force 21-20 Brisbane
14 Mar 2010 Reds v Force 50-10 Brisbane

overall record against the
Played 9 , Wins 6 , Losses, Draws 0

Match No.27: Reds vs Western Force
Date : Sat. 16 March
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 18.40
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Ref 1:Rohan Hoffman (Australia),
Assistant Ref 2:Matt O’Brien (Australia)
TMO : Steve Leszczynski (Australia)



1. Greg Holmes , 2. Saia Faingaa , 3. James Slipper (vc) , 4. Ed O’Donoghue , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Eddie Quirk , 7. Liam Gill , 8. Jake Schatz , 9. Will Genia (c) , 10. Quade Cooper , 11. Chris Feauai-Sautia , 12. Ben Tapuai , 13. Anthony Faingaa , 14. Luke Morahan , 15. Jono Lance

Replacements : 16. James Hanson , 17. Albert Anae , 18. Radike Samo , 19. Jarrad Butler , 20. Nick Frisby , 21. Mike Harris , 22. Aidan Toua


1. Pek Cowan (c),2. Nathan Charles,3. Salesi Ma’afu,4. Toby Lynn ,5.
Hugh McMeniman,6. Angus Cottrell,7. Chris Alcock,8. Richard Brown ,9. Alby Mathewson,10.
Sias Ebersohn,11. Alfie Mafi,12. Kyle Godwin,13. Winston Stanley ,14. Patrick
Dellit,15. Will T

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