Western Force v Reds - Super Rugby match preview
Last Updated: 03/05/13 10:14am
Western Force have named eight changes to their starting line-up ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby clash against the Reds in Perth.
Australian internationals Nick Cummins and Brett Sheehan both make their return following spells on the sidelines due to injury.
Injuries sustained by Winston Stanley and Will Tupou have led Michael Foley to call Ben Jacobs into the starting XV.
With Jayden Hayward reduced to the bench Sam Norton-Knight switches to full-back with Sias Ebersohn given the nod at fly-half
Meanwhile Chris Alcock and Kieran Longbottom join the pack at the expense of Ben McCalman and Salesi Ma'afu as the Force seek just a third victory of the Super Rugby campaign.
The Reds, who are looking to step up their bid for the Australian Conference title, have made three changes for the trip to Perth.
Albert Anae will make only his second start for the franchise, while Greg Holmes joins him in a new-look front row.
In the backs, Dom Shipperley starts on the wing, with Rod Davies having been ruled out through injury.
Beau Robinson makes his return to the Reds set-up on the bench after recovering from a troublesome ankle injury.
Western Force: 15 Sam Norton-Knight, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Matt Hodgson (capt), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Junior Rasolea, 22 Jayden Hayward.
Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Dom Shipperley, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Liam Gill, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (capt), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 1 Albert Anae.
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 James Slipper, 18 Ed O'Donoghue, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Beau Robinson, 21 Ben Lucas, 22 Chris Feauai-Sautia.
What they said...
Western Force head coach Michael Foley
"This week Nick and Brett return to the side after lay-offs from injury, while Ben will make his return to Super Rugby after a number of years playing overseas.
They all bring a great deal of experience and will be looking to contribute towards what needs to be a complete team performance on Saturday."
Reds director of coaching Ewen McKenzie
"The margin between winning and losing is always tight and we've already seen this season that if you are even marginally below your best you will get beaten.
"There are a lot of reasons for us to be excited about Saturday's game so we're looking forward to the challenge of travelling to Perth to play the Force."
Fri 29th May - Overall Group
Crusaders35 - 18Hurricanes
Brumbies22 - 16Bulls
Sharks25 - 21Melbourne Rebels
Sat 30th May - Overall Group
Highlanders36 - 9Chiefs
Western Force10 - 32Reds
Stormers42 - 12Cheetahs
Lions27 - 22Waratahs
Fri 5th Jun - Overall Group
Hurricanes0 - 0Highlanders
Western Force0 - 0Brumbies
Sat 6th Jun - Overall Group
Melbourne Rebels0 - 0Bulls
Blues0 - 0Crusaders
Reds0 - 0Chiefs
Cheetahs0 - 0Waratahs
Stormers0 - 0Lions
Fri 12th Jun - Overall Group
Blues0 - 0Highlanders
Melbourne Rebels0 - 0Western Force
Sat 13th Jun - Overall Group
Brumbies0 - 0Crusaders
Chiefs0 - 0Hurricanes
Waratahs0 - 0Reds
Bulls0 - 0Cheetahs
Sharks0 - 0Stormers
Super Rugby 2013 Round 12
A look back at round 12's Super 15 action.
Watch this week's best tries from Super Rugby.
Victor Vito, Pierre Spies and Dean Grayling give their thoughts after the Bulls secured a 48-14 win over the Hurricanes at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.