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Preview – Reds v Western Force


The Reds will host the Force this weekend after their stunning win against the Brumbies last weekend. A team that has been building for the last couple of years under Brad Thorn has come to age but last weeks will count for nothing if they can not follow it up this week against the Force.

A win for the Reds will see them take over the top spot on the log setting them up nicely for a home final if they can maintain their good form.

Ilaisa Droasese will make his debut this weekend for the Reds in Super Rugby after he was selected to start on the wing due to the unavailability from Daununu.

There should also be a debut for Kalani Thomas this weekend after he was selected on the bench by his coach. Hamish Stewart also return to the matchday 23.

The Force made three chances to their side for this weekend. Sitaleki Timani will make his first start for the Force this weekend. Greg Holmes will also make his first start off the Super Rugby AU campaign this weekend. It will be his 150th Super Rugby cap when he runs onto the field this weekend.

Henry Taefu will play in the midfield with Kuridrani which should give them great attacking opportunities. This means that Kahui will move to the wing this weekend.

Tim Anstee have been included in the matchday 23 after recovering from his ankle injury as well as Marcel Brache.

Prediction: Although the Force have been much better this time around, one can not see them upsetting the classy Reds side, Reds by 15


Reds: Dane Zander, Alex Mafi, Taniela Tupou, Angus Blyth, Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, Angus Scott-Young, Fraser McReight, Harry Wilson, Tate McDermott, James O’Connor (c), Ilaisa Droasese, Hunter Paisami, Jordan Petaia, Suliasi Vunivalu, Jock Campbell

Replacements: Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Harry Hoopert, Zane Nonggorr, Ryan Smith, Seru Uru, Kalani Thomas, Hamish Stewart, Bryce Hegarty

Force: Tom Robertson, Feleti Kaitu’u, Greg Holmes, Jeremy Thrush, Sitaleki Timani, Fergus Lee-Warner, Kane Koteka, Brynard Stander (c), Tomas Cubelli, Jake McIntyre, Richard Kahui, Henry Taefu, Tevita Kuridrani, Byron Ralston, Robert Kearney

Replacements: Jack Winchester, Angus Wagner, Santiago Medrano, Ryan McCauley, Tim Anstee, Ian Prior, Jack McGregor, Marcel Brache

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