SUPER RUGBY – WEEK 20: EMIRATES WESTERN FORCE V BRUMBIES
The Emirates Western Force and the Brumbies will face off tomorrow evening in the final round of the 2013 Super Rugby season at nib Stadium.
The Emirates Western Force will be determined to finish the season on a high note and further demonstrate to the Sea of Blue the solid foundations they’ve built this season.
The Emirates Western Force starting XV players will run out with a different business logo emblazoned on the back of their jersey on Saturday night to support and promote local WA businesses in a joint initiative with proud partner, Bankwest.
Both sides will welcome their Wallabies back into the fold following the British & Irish Lions June Test series.
Ben McCalman, who came off the bench in the most recent Test in Sydney, joins captain Matt Hodgson and Chris Alcock in the back row and Hugh McMeniman will return to the second row after taking on the blindside duties in the Force’s last outing.
Nick Cummins will start on the right wing in his first appearance since the Week 14 clash with the Sharks.
James Hilterbrand will run out in the starting XV for the first time, replacing Heath Tessmann, while Junior Rasolea moves to inside centre to cover Kyle Godwin, who has undergone shoulder surgery.
The Brumbies have named seven of the Sydney Test’s Wallabies with Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Ben Mowen, Joe Tomane, Christian Lealiifano and Jesse Mogg in the starting XV. George Smith has been selected on the bench.
Last Meeting: Brumbies 41 def Emirates Western Force 7 in Canberra (2013)
Head to head: Played 10 – Emirates Western Force 3; Brumbies 6; Drawn 1
In Perth: Played 5 – Emirates Western Force 1; Brumbies 3; Drawn 1
Biggest win: Emirates Western Force 25 def Brumbies 16 in Canberra (2009)
Biggest loss: Brumbies 41 def Emirates Western Force 7 in Canberra (2013)
Emirates Western Force: Played 15; Won 3, Lost 11, Drawn 1; 27pts (13th)
Brumbies: Played 15; Won 10, Lost: 3; Drawn 2; 59pts (3rd)
Emirates Western Force: 1. Pek Cowan, 2. James Hilterbrand, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 4. Sam Wykes, 5. Hugh McMeniman, 6. Matt Hodgson (c), 7.Chris Alcock, 8. Ben McCalman, 9. Alby Mathewson, 10. Sias Ebersohn, 11. Nick Cummins, 12. Junior Rasolea, 13.Ben Jacobs, 14. Patrick Dellit, 15. Jayden Hayward. Res: 16. Ben Whittaker, 17. Salesi Ma’afu, 18. Toby Lynn, 19. Richard Brown, 20. Brett Sheehan, 21. Sam Norton-Knight, 22. Sam Christie.
Brumbies: 1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Ben Alexander, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Pete Kimlin, 7. Colby Faingaa, 8. Ben Mowen (c), 9. Ian Prior, 10. Matt Toomua, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg. Res: 16. Siliva Siliva, 17. Ruan Smith, 18. Fotu Auelua, 19. George Smith, 20. Robbie Coleman, 21. Andrew Smith, 22. Mark Swanepoel
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann Assistant Referees: Ian Smith, Damien Mitchelmore TMO: Matt Goddard