SR: Force 7(0), Blues 33(26)

June 28, 2014
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The Western Force, the surprise package of 2014, are still very much in the hunt for a play-off spot. They can give their chances a significant boost if they knock over a Blues team that has not won away from home since February last year – 13 consecutive defeats on the road.

Victory by the Force over the Blues will set up a crunch final-round clash for the Perth-based franchise with the Brumbies in Canberra – where they may just require one, or possibly even two, bonus points to qualify for the play-offs.

Recent results:
2012: Blues won 32-9, Auckland
2011: Force and Blues drew 22-all, Perth
2010: Blues won 38-17, Auckland
2009: Blues won 25-19, Perth
2008: Force won 27-17, Albany
2007: Blues won 33-6, Perth

Teams:

Western Force:  15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Hugh McMeniman, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacments: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Solomoni Rasolea

Blues:  15 Lolagi Visinia, 14 Frank Halai, 13 Pita Ahki, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 George Moala, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Jerome Kaino, 7 Luke Braid (captain), 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Patrick Tuipulotu, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Charlie Faumuina/ Angus Ta’avao, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 James Parsons, 17 Angus Ta’avao/ Tom McCartney, 18 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 19 Hayden Triggs, 20 Peter Saili, 21 Piri Weepu, 22 Francis Saili, 23 Tevita Li.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Michael Hogan (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

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