Matt Giteau makes an early trip back home to see if he can be instrumental in helping the Force put one over the Brumbies.
The Brumbies are undefeated and this game is at home for them. Need we say anything more? Probably not, but let’s do it anyway.
The Western Force are having endless internal strife to the extent that coach John Mitchell doesn’t even appear on any changeroom cams during half time. Matt Giteau, leaving the Force to go to the Brumbies at the end of the season is not helping them either.
Will the Brumbies capitalize on the homeground advantage or will they capitalize on the Force’s problems? Either way they will capitalize.
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Kick-off: 19.40 Local Time, 10.40 SA Time
Referee: Matt Goddard (Australia)
ARs: Nathan Pearce (Australia), Brett Bowden (Australia)
TMO: Geoff Acton (Australia)
15 Mark Gerrard, 14 Clyde Rathbone, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Stirling Mortlock, 11 Francis Fainifo, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Patrick Phibbs, 8 Stephen Hoiles (captain), 7 George Smith, 6 Julian Salvi, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Guy Shepherdson, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Nic Henderson.
16 John Ulugia, 17 Ben Alexander, 18 Sitaleki Timani, 19 Peter Kimlin, 20 Joshua Holmes, 21 Matt Toomua, 22 Tyrone Smith.
15 Drew Mitchell, 14 Cameron Shepherd, 13 Ryan Cross, 12 Junior Pelesasa, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Matt Giteau, 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Ben Castle, 2 Tai McIsaac, 1 Pek Cowan.
16 Luke Holmes, 17 Kieran Longbottom, 18 Richard Stanford, 19 Tamaiti Horua, 20 Chris O’Young, 21 James O’Connor, 22 Haig Sare.