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The Reds and the Force clash in a Super Rugby Australian derby at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday. Both sides will be looking for a first victory of the season, having suffered defeats in the opening round of the tournament last weekend. The Reds found themselves outplayed in Sydney by their old rivals the Waratahs. Trailing 0-20 at half-time, they did put up more of a fight in the second period, eventually going down 10-30. The Reds and Force also met in Round 2 of last season's Super Rugby season, when it atrocious conditions in Brisbane, the home side came through by 18-6. Later in the campaign they completed the double by winning 32-10 in Perth.

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Those two wins accounted for half of their successes, in what was a dreadful season for a side that were Super Rugby Champions as recently as 2011. The Force began their season with a 19-25 loss at home to the Rebels, losing the try count by 1-3. They did take a losing bonus point as a consolation. In 2015, the Force finished at the foot of the overall table, winning just three of their 16 matches. All three of those wins came in Australian derbies, two against the Waratahs, and in Melbourne against the Rebels.

Posted: 21st February 2015


The Reds continued their woeful Super Rugby form of 2014 into Round 1 of 2015, when they were thrashed 47-3 by fellow Australians the Brumbies, and on Saturday they have to face another of their Conference rivals, Western Force at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. In contrast to the performance of the Reds in Round 1, The Force secured a try-scoring bonus point victory in Sydney, against the reigning titleholders, the Waratahs. Richard Graham the Reds coach has made four changes to the side demolished in Canberra last weekend. Two of the changes are to the run on XV, with ex-All Black Adam Thomson coming in on the flank, and Wallaby star James O'Connor starting at fullback, both making their Reds debuts.

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The Force are forced into a change at fullback, with Zack Holmes drafted into the starting XV to replace the injured Dane Haylett-Petty. While loosehead prop Francois van Wyk who has made three appearances from the bench, and who scored the vital fourth try against the Waratahs, replacing Pek Cowan who was carried from the field last Sunday. There are two more changes to the replacements bench, with both prop Chris Heiberg and winger Mitchell Scott set to make their Super Rugby debuts if they get onto the field.

Posted: 5th April 2014


The Reds meet the Force in an Australian derby at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday, with both sides looking for the victory that might just lift them into a wild card play-off position. After a tough tour to South Africa, which wasn't without its controversies, the Reds returned to familiar territory last weekend in Brisbane, and defeated the Stormers 22-17 to get their challenge back on track. The Western Force had a bye last weekend, which gave them an extra week to bathe in the glory of their 18-15 upset win against the defending champions, the Chiefs. The success against the Chiefs was a third successive win for the Force. A run that has seen them rise to third place in the Australian Conference, co, and eighth overall in the table. The Reds are immediately behind Saturday's opponents, in fourth place in the Conference and ninth overall.

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The Queensland Reds are struggling with a lengthy injury list, and in particular in the backs. Outside backs Aidan Toua, Dom Shipperley and Chris Feauai-Sautia are all suffering with injuries, as is open side flanker Liam Gill. Those injuries mean a likely debut for Jamie Jerry Taulagi, with Beau Robinson retaining the number seven shirt after an impressive performance against the Stormers.

Posted: 16th March 2013

Saturday, the 16th of March, Super Rugby will see the Reds and Force go head to head in Brisbane, at 18:40 local time and 08:40 GMT. The Queensland Reds are the second ranked team in the Australian Conference. They have played four games this season and were able to win three of them, with no draws, so they get a total of 12 points. The team below them on the table is the Waratahs with one win, one bye and eight points earned. Meanwhile, the Brumbies are at the top of the table with 18 points earned after winning three games.

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The Western Force team is in the very last place in the table. They have not been able to win a single game of the three that they played so far this season, but they did end up with a bye and a bonus point that got them a total of five.

Posted: 3rd March 2012

This week in Super Rugby, the Reds and Western Force will play in Brisbane on Saturday, March 3rd. This game will be at 18:40 local time and 08:40 GMT and right now the Queensland Reds take the top spot in the Australian Conference at the moment by virtue of the one game that they have played. They were able to win that game, as were the Brumbies, so they each get four points. Force is in third with one point after losing a game, but closing the score enough to earn a point. Melbourne has no points with no games played yet this season.

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