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Round 2 of the 2017 Super Rugby season gets underway on Thursday in Pert, when the Western Force play host to fellow Australian outfit, the Reds. Against the odds, the Force looked as if they were going to cause a mighty upset in their opening fixture last weekend, when they faced the Waratahs in another Australian derby. However, they couldn't hold onto their 13-9 half-time lead, and eventually slipped to a 13-19 defeat. If 2016 is an indication, then the Force being on home soil on Thursday will count for little. Last season they lost all seven of their Super Rugby fixtures at home, a sequence that included three derby matches, against the Rebels, Brumbies and Waratahs.
The Reds got off to a winning stat last weekend, with a narrow 28-26 victory over the visiting Sharks from South Africa. Having to come from a 13-16 deficit at the half way mark. The Queensland Reds will be even more pleased with the outcome, given that they claimed a try-scoring bonus point into the bargain. If the Reds are to record back to back wins to start the 2017 campaign, they will need a first away win since 2015. All seven trips on the road in 2016 ended in defeat.
Posted: 30th May 2015
The bottom two sides on the overall table, the Force and the Reds, meet in an Australian derby in Perth on Saturday in Round 16 of Super Rugby. The two sides have managed just five wins between them this season, with the Force having slightly the worse record, with just two wins to their name, which surprisingly both came against the reigning Champions the Waratahs. Last weekend saw the Western Force lost 3-23 to the Highlanders in Perth, the second occasion this season, that they have failed to score a try in front of their suffering supporters. The Reds have managed three wins during the 2015 season, including success in their most recent Australian derby, when they thumped the Rebels 46-29 in Brisbane. They couldn't make it back to back wins last weekend however, as they slipped to a 14-21 loss to the struggling Sharks, also in Brisbane.
The sides previously met in Round 2 of this season's tournament, and in atrocious conditions in Brisbane, the Queensland Reds triumphed by 18-6. There have been six Super Rugby matches between Saturday's opponents in Perth, with the home side holding the upper hand, with four wins to the Reds solitary success back in 2011. There was also an 11-11 draw in 2013.
Posted: 5th July 2014
Western Force has everything to play for on Saturday when they face Australian rivals the Queensland Reds in Perth. Last week's thumping 40 point home defeat by the Blues was a blow to their hopes of making it into the wildcard play-off positions. Force have named Nick Cummins in the side for what will be their last regular season fixture at the 'Force Field' (Nib Stadium). "The Honey Badger' as Cummins is known, missed the loss to the Blues with a neck injury that he picked up during the three match International series against France.
Dane Haylett-Petty will fill the other wing spot, while Jayden Hayward who scored the match clinching try in week eight when the Western Force beat the Reds in Brisbane by 32-29, will complete the back three at fullback. Injuries to both Alby Mathewson (hip) and Sias Ebersohn (bicep), means a new pairing at half back, with Ian Prior and Zack Holmes coming into the XV. For the Reds, centre Samu Kerevi will make his first start. The visitors make two other changes, also due to injuries, to the XV that beat the Rebels last weekend. Greg Holmes (knee), Dom Shipperley (ankle) and Anthony Fainga'a (calf) are all on the injured list, and as well as Kerevi, James Slipper shifts to tight head in place of Holmes, with Lachie Turner replacing Shipperley on the wing.
Posted: 31st March 2012
Don't miss the match on Saturday, March 31st between Western Force and the Queensland Reds in Perth in the Super Rugby competition. It happens at 10:40GMT and 18:40 Local Time. We find Western Force in the 14th spot in the table with seven points, currently tied with the Cheetahs who also have seven. Western Force has won a total of one game this season so far, losing the other four out of five played. As for their opponents, the Reds, they are in eighth place right now. They have three wins, two losses and a total of 13 points, which ties them with the Waratahs.
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