Brumbies v Western Force - Super Rugby match preview

Last Updated: 26/04/13 7:24am

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The Brumbies have made just one change to their line-up for Saturday's clash with the Western Force.

Scott Sio comes in at loosehead for the Australian derby, with Ben Alexander switching to tighthead in place of Dan Palmer, who drops out the squad.

Ruaidhri Murphy will provide front-row cover on the bench, with Leon Power included in the match-day squad for the first time this season.

Western Force have recalled Salesi Ma'afu, Ben McCalman and Kyle Godwin for the trip to Canberra.

Godwin replaces the benched Winston Stanley in the midfield with Junior Rasolea moving across to the wear the No 12 jersey.

In the pack McCalman starts on the blindside in place of Angus Cottrell while Ma'afu comes in for Tetera Faulkner at tighthead.

Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Joe Tomane, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 George Smith, 6 Fotu Auelua, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Peter Kimlin, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruaidhri Murphy, 18 Leon Power, 19 Colby Faingaa, 20 Ian Prior, 21 Pat McCabe, 22 Robbie Coleman.

Western Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Ed Stubbs, 10 Sam Norton-Knight, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Ben McCalman, 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Chris Alcock, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Winston Stanley.

What they said...

Brumbies boss Jake White

"As always with local derbies, we expect Saturday's match to be full of feeling and a tough contest right to the final siren.

"The Force has a strong record against us here in Canberra, they almost got us here in Round One last year and in 2011 they had a big, come from behind win.

"They're a good team who have had some big wins over the last couple of weeks. It takes plenty of guts to overcome the Crusaders and the Reds and we will need to be at the top of our game to get a win on Saturday."

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