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Queensland Reds v Force Preview

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Queensland Reds v Force Preview


Sias Ebersohn tackles Mike Harris (who is now with the Rebels) when the teams last met


The Queensland Reds will play their first Super Rugby match at home in 2015 on Saturday when the Western Force visit Brisbane.

The two teams go into the match with vastly different results behind them as the Reds were thumped last week by the Brumbies and the Force beat the Waratahs in Sydney.

The Queensland side have played the Western Force 13 times since the Perth side joined Super Rugby 10 years ago and the Reds have won 6 matches and lost 6 with one draw.

The average score when the Reds play the Western Force is :Reds 22 Force 24.

This weekend the Reds will be playing at Suncorp Stadium which is their home ground and where the teams have met 7 times. In those 7 matches the Reds have won 5 matches and lost two matches. That gives the Reds a record of winning 71% of their home matches against the Force.

Notably the Force have won the last two matches so the Reds last beat the Force at home in 2012.

The average score when the Reds host the Force in Brisbane is : Reds 29 Force 19

Last week the Reds started Karmichael Hunt at flyhalf but this week they have made changes and two of the changes are to the starting side, with former All Blacks flanker Adam Thomson and Wallabies utility James O'Connor named to make their Reds debut.

In all there are four changes but O'Connor should get the backs moving more and with Thomson the Reds pack should be more effective.

The Force have been forced into making two changes due to injury. Former Brumbies back Zack Holmes starting at fullback in the absence of Dane Haylett-Petty, who has been ruled out with a foot injury.

Loose head prop Francois van Wyk will make his first start for the Western Force replacing Pek Cowan who was stretchered off the field last weekend.

The Bookies have given the Force a 3 point start for this Match - with an offer of a FREE $150 BET.We think the Reds will be a lot more effective but it is a big ask for O'Connor and Thomson to come in and turn the team around on their debuts. The Force should edge this one by 4.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on Sky Sports 3/HD.

Average score: Reds 22 Force 24

Last five results
05 Jul 2014 Reds v Force 20-30 Perth
05 Apr 2014 Reds v Force 29-32 Brisbane
04 May 2013 Reds v Force 11-11 Perth
16 Mar 2013 Reds v Force 12-19 Brisbane
31 Mar 2012 Reds v Force 19-45 Perth

Reds overall record against the Force Played 13, Wins 6, Losses 6 , Draws 1

Match No.10: Reds v Force
Date : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Venue : Saturday 21 February 2015
Kick Off local: 18:40 local, 19:40 AEDT, 21:30 NZDT, 10:40 SAST
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Matt O'Brien
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Reds

1 James Slipper (C) , 2 Saia Fainga'a , 3 Sam Talakai , 4 Marco Kotze , 5 James Horwill , 6 Adam Thomson (Reds debut) , 7 Liam Gill , 8 Jake Schatz , 9 Will Genia , 10 James O'Connor (Reds debut) , 11 Lachie Turner , 12 Samu Kerevi , 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14 Chris Kuridrani , 15 Karmichael Hunt (VC)

Replacements : 16 James Hanson , 17 Ben Daley , 18 Sef Faagase , 19 Tom Murday (Potential Super Rugby debut) , 20 Curtis Browning , 21 Nick Frisby , 22 Sam Johnson , 23 Campbell Magnay

Western Force

1. Francois van Wyk* , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Sam Wykes (c) , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Chris Alcock , 8. Ben McCalman , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Sias Ebersohn , 11. Marcel Brache , 12. Solomoni Jnr Rasolea , 13. Kyle Godwin , 14. Luke Morahan , 15. Zack Holmes

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Chris Heiberg** , 18. Oliver Hoskins , 19. Steve Mafi , 20. Brynard Stander , 21. Ian Prior , 22. Luke Burton , 23. Mitchell Scott**

* denotes Western Force/Super Rugby starting debut ,
** denotes Western Force/Super Rugby debut




 The Force should edge this one by 4.

Average score: Reds 22 Force 24

Last five results
05 Jul 2014 Reds v Force 20-30 Perth
05 Apr 2014 Reds v Force 29-32 Brisbane
04 May 2013 Reds v Force 11-11 Perth
16 Mar 2013 Reds v Force 12-19 Brisbane
31 Mar 2012 Reds v Force 19-45 Perth

Reds overall record against the Force Played 13, Wins 6, Losses 6 , Draws 1

Match No.10: Reds v Force
Date : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Venue : Saturday 21 February 2015
Kick Off local: 18:40 local, 19:40 AEDT, 21:30 NZDT, 10:40 SAST
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Matt O'Brien
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO : George Ayoub

Teams

Reds

1 James Slipper (C) , 2 Saia Fainga'a , 3 Sam Talakai , 4 Marco Kotze , 5 James Horwill , 6 Adam Thomson (Reds debut) , 7 Liam Gill , 8 Jake Schatz , 9 Will Genia , 10 James O'Connor (Reds debut) , 11 Lachie Turner , 12 Samu Kerevi , 13 Chris Feauai-Sautia , 14 Chris Kuridrani , 15 Karmichael Hunt (VC)

Replacements : 16 James Hanson , 17 Ben Daley , 18 Sef Faagase , 19 Tom Murday (Potential Super Rugby debut) , 20 Curtis Browning , 21 Nick Frisby , 22 Sam Johnson , 23 Campbell Magnay

Western Force

1. Francois van Wyk* , 2. Nathan Charles , 3. Tetera Faulkner , 4. Sam Wykes (c) , 5. Adam Coleman , 6. Angus Cottrell , 7. Chris Alcock , 8. Ben McCalman , 9. Alby Mathewson , 10. Sias Ebersohn , 11. Marcel Brache , 12. Solomoni Jnr Rasolea , 13. Kyle Godwin , 14. Luke Morahan , 15. Zack Holmes

Replacements : 16. Heath Tessmann , 17. Chris Heiberg** , 18. Oliver Hoskins , 19. Steve Mafi , 20. Brynard Stander , 21. Ian Prior , 22. Luke Burton , 23. Mitchell Scott**

* denotes Western Force/Super Rugby starting debut ,
** denotes Western Force/Super Rugby debut

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