A former Durban boy has been drafted into the Western Force squad to take on the Bulls in their Super 14 match at the Subiaco Oval in Perth on Friday. (Kick-off 13.45).
Report courtesy www.superrugby.co.za.
Durban-born Dane Haylett-Petty, a 19-year-old fullback-cum-winger moved to Perth in 2000 and attended Hale School, where he represented Western Australia under-16s and captained both WA Schoolboys and the Combined States School team.
Haylett-Petty becomes only the second local product to win a place in the Force’s match 22, joining Wallaby lock John Welborn who played ten matches for the Perth-based team in 2006.
Haylett-Petty was drafted in after the Force were dealt a double blow, losing two players to injury ahead of the match against the defending champions.
Inside centre Lachlan MacKay and reserve back rower Tamaiti Horua withdrew from the team’s lineup with minor injury complaints.
MacKay was listed in the number 12 jersey, but was forced out with a niggling groin strain while flanker Horua became a second casualty when he failed a test on his injured rib cartilage at the Thursday’s ‘captain’s run’ at Subiaco Oval.
Coach John Mitchell said he was not prepared to carry a player at less than full fitness against the reigning Super 14 champions. “Lachlan has got a bit of a (groin) strain and is at about 85%, so we’ve decided not to take a risk with him,” said Mitchell.
“We can’t afford to carry someone who’s not at 100% fitness, so both Lachlan and Tamaiti have been pulled out,” he said.
World Cup Wallaby Scott Staniforth will take the place of MacKay at inside centre, while Staniforth’s right wing position has been awarded to rookie flyer Nick Cummins.
Matt Hodgson joins the reserves bench in place of Horua, while Haylett-Petty comes onto the bench.
The re-jigged Force side is:
1 Pek Cowan, 2 Tai McIsaac, 3 AJ Whalley, 4 Tom Hockings, 5 Nathan Sharpe (capt), 6 Scott Fava, 7 David Pocock, 8 Richard Brown, 9 Chris O’Young, 10 Matt Giteau (v/c), 11 Drew Mitchell, 12 Scott Staniforth, 13 Ryan Cross, 14 Nick Cummins, 15 Cameron Shepherd.
Reserves: 16 Luke Holmes, 17 Troy Takiari, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Matt Hodgson, 20 James Stannard, 21 Josh Tatupu, 22 Dane Haylett-Petty.Tweet