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The Force to face the Sharks.


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 13 Feb 2008 at 19:29
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Emirates Western Force Coach John Mitchell has named his team for Friday night’s season-opening Investec Super 14 clash with the Sharks at ABSA Stadium in Durban

Rugby WA announces that the clash with last year’s finalists is the first of three matches in South Africa for the Perth-based team, who will meet the Cheetahs and Lions before returning to Perth to make their home debut against the Crusaders on March 9.

Port Macquarie-born winger Nick Cummins will make his Investec Super 14 debut after winning selection on the right wing.

Cummins, who was Australia’s top try scorer for last year’s iRB Sevens World Series, earns his place in the starting side with three more rookies named on a new-look reserves bench.

Cummins (20) will join a host of experienced campaigners in the starting lineup, including World Cup Wallabies Nathan Sharpe, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Scott Staniforth and Cameron Shepherd.

Richard Brown and Scott Fava will start the season in new roles, swapping their regular positions with Fava to run out in the number 6 jersey and Brown at Number 8.

Mitchell has named three more potential debutantes on the reserves bench, with 24-year-old Brisbane-born scrumhalf James Stannard joining lock Sitaleki Timani and 21-year-old league convert Josh Tatupu for the first time in the selectedmatch 22.

Mitchell admitted that several selection battles were tight, but he opted for experience against the three-time Super Rugby runner-up.

“I don’t know how you’d define a full strength team but we’ve certainly opted for players with more experience in this competition,” said Mitchell.

“A number of positions were close and we’re delighted with the way some of the younger squad members are pushing through.”

“We’ve got three young guys on the reserves bench who will get their first opportunity to experience rugby at this level and a couple of others in the squad who will get an opportunity in the starting team during this tour,” he said.

Overall head to head: Played 2, Sharks 1, Emirates Western Force 1.

Last met: 30 March 2007, EWF 22 def Sharks 12, Subiaco Oval, Perth.

Emirates Western Force v Sharks

Friday 15 February, 2008

The Absa Stadium Durban

Kick off: 7.10pm (2.10am WA Sat 16 Feb)

Emirates Western Force

Starting XV: 1. Gareth Hardy, 2. Tai McIsaac, 3. AJ Whalley, 4. David Pusey, 5. Nathan Sharpe (c), 6. Scott Fava, 7. David Pocock, 8. Richard Brown, 9. Matt Henjak, 10. Matt Giteau (vc), 11. Drew Mitchell, 12. Scott Staniforth, 13. Ryan Cross, 14. Nick Cummins 15. Cameron Shepherd.

Reserves: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Troy Takiari, 18. Sitaleki Timani, 19. Matt Hodgson, 20. James Stannard, 21. Scott Daruda, 22. Josh Tatupu.



14 Comments

  • 9. Matt Henjak,
    10. Matt Giteau (vc),
    11. Drew Mitchell,
    12. Scott Staniforth,
    13. Ryan Cross,
    14. Nick Cummins
    15. Cameron Shepherd

    This is NOT a backline to take lightly.

    (I can’t resist)
    The Force will need to be with us. :oops:

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.02.08 19:33:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • They beat us last time. :shock:

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.02.08 19:33:52 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • think we’ve got their number up front this year

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.02.08 19:44:34 by robdylan Reply
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  • With these damn ELV’s the gameplans this year are going to be “all over the place” and i hope we can contain these guys.

    beating a GOOD team in the opening round will be a great mental boost.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.02.08 19:52:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
     
  • Yeah, good point. The experimental part means that everything we thought we knew goes out the window. Sharks are a creative team, though

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.02.08 19:58:04 by robdylan Reply
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  • Good night…

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.02.08 20:50:08 by hellbent Reply

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  • Night, hb

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.02.08 21:13:11 by robdylan Reply
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  • We threw away that last game… let’s not make the same mistakes…

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.02.08 09:40:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
     
  • I was so cross after that game… I even predicted we would lose to the Reds the next week!

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.02.08 09:56:29 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob. :smile:

    Fortunately we didn’t.

    I would’ve loved to see DM in the changeroom after the Force game.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.02.08 09:59:58 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Bryce.

    What’s the scene in that photo?

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.02.08 10:00:23 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • I try to avoid DM these days… ;)

  • Comment 12, posted at 14.02.08 10:15:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • The safest place to be in the crime capital of the world…

    http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=33dfsoy&s=3

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.02.08 10:15:45 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player
     
  • Flippen posted this on the wrong thread. :oops: :oops: :oops:

    Bryce :mrgreen:

    OH OKAY!!!!!!!!!!!

    I didn’t notice who was sitting at the BAR. :lol:

    14.02.08 10:20:11 – KSA Shark © Edit

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.02.08 10:23:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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