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Saturday 27th February 10:55 GMT


The two newest of the Australian Super Rugby franchises, go head to head at the nib Stadium in Perth, where the Force will play host to the Rebels from Melbourne. Despite completing a season's double against the Waratahs, who went on to win the Australian Conference in 2015, the Force finished in bottom spot in the overall standings, with just three wins to set against 13 defeats.

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The only other success, other than the victories against the Tahs, came against the Rebels in Melbourne, where the squeezed home by 13-11. The Melbourne Rebels finished in third position in the national Conference, leaving them tenth overall. They were however, well adrift of the top two Australian teams, the Waratahs and the Brumbies. Their challenge for the post-season play-offs falling apart when they lost four of their last five matches.

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Their final overall record read seven wins and nine defeats, with three of the wins coming on the road, including taking the notable scalps of the Crusaders and Brumbies in Christchurch and Canberra respectively. With derbies against the Reds and the Brumbies to follow in the next two weeks, the Force will have a chance to lay down a marker if they are to genuinely challenge the Australian big guns in this season's Super Rugby tournament.

Posted: 13th March 2015


The newest two Australian Super Rugby franchises, the Force and the Rebels, clash in Perth on Friday in the latest round of Super Rugby 2015. The Rebels have held the upper hand over the Force in the tournament, with six victories to their name from the eight matches where they have met.

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The Force began the season with a shock win on the opening weekend, when they defeated the reigning Champions the Waratahs in Sydney. However, since that unexpected result, they have slipped to three successive defeats. A loss in atrocious conditions in Brisbane to the Reds, was followed by a 13-42 thumping in their first home game by the unbeaten Hurricanes. Last weekend, the Force played a third away game against Australian opposition, losing to the Brumbies in Canberra.

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The Rebels season has almost mirrored that of Friday’s opponents. They caused a mighty upset by beating the Crusaders in Christchurch in Round 1, before suffering successive home losses to the Waratahs and the Brumbies in Melbourne. When the teams met in Perth in 2014, the Force outscored their visitors by 4 tries to 1, and registered their first home win in Super Rugby against the Rebels, after three successive defeats on home soil.

Posted: 8th March 2014


The Force Field (Nib Stadium) in Perth will see the Western Force's captain, Matt Hodgson, become the first player in the history of the franchise to play 100 Super Rugby matches. Hodgson made his debut in 2006 against the Brumbies, playing at open side flanker, in the Force's inaugural match, and has appeared in 99 of the 115 games that the club has played in the subsequent nine seasons. Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley is keen that his side produces a performance against the Reds on Saturday, which will mark the milestone in a worthy and memorable fashion.

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No.8 Ben McCalman and Angus Cottrell, will make up the rest of the back row alongside Hodgson. Cottrell coming in for Chris Alcock, who has been left out of the side as a precaution, due to a shoulder complaint. With Hugh McMeniman still recovering from a back injury that he sustained in last week's home defeat by the Brumbies, Lock Wilhelm Steenkamp earns a call to the starting XV, while prop Pek Cowan has also earned a start in the front row. After scoring 24 points for the Force "A" against the Reds "A" two weeks ago, and contributing a try from the bench against the Brumbies, fullback Jayden Hayward is reinstated to the run on XV. Hayward's return means that Luke Morahan moves to the wing. Melbourne Rebels opened their 2014 Super Rugby campaign with a thumping victory against the Cheetahs last weekend, but that hasn't stopped coach, Tony McGahan from making six changes to the team to face the Force.

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Cadeyrn Neville replaces Luke Jones in the second row, with Max Lahiff making his first start for the Rebels in the front row. The former Brumby and former Waratahs, Colby Fainga'a and Tom Kingston are also selected for their first starts in Rebels colors, after coming off the bench against the Cheetahs. Bryce Hegarty is replaced at fly half by Angus Roberts, with Japanese International Shota Horie in the match day squad for the first time this season. If backrower Lopeti Timani makes an appearance from the bench, he will make his Rebels debut.

Posted: 20th May 2012

Sunday the 20th of May, Super Rugby sees Force and Melbourne Rebels go head to head in Perth at 14:35 local time. Western Force comes in fifth on the Australian conference table for Super Rugby. They have only won two of the last eleven games that they have played, and the other nine were losses. That gives them a total of eighteen points. The Melbourne Rebels take fourth on the table with three wins and seven losses with two byes. They currently have twenty four points. The Brumbies are in first with thirty nine points.

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As for the other conferences, the Chiefs lead the New Zealand Conference with nine wins and forty five points with the Crusaders in second and the Highlanders in third. The Bulls lead the other conference.

Tags: Super Rugby, nib Stadium, Melbourne Rebels, Force, Rebels, Matt Hodgson, Western Force, Michael Foley, Ben McCalman, Angus Cottrell, Chris Alcock, Hugh McMeniman, Pek Cowan, Jayden Hayward, Luke Morahan, Tony McGahan, Max Lahiff, Tom Kingston, Lopeti Timani
Posted: 27th February 2016

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