Fresh off their 1st 2010 win, the Force travel to Queenstown to take on the Highlanders.
Neither team has had a season to write home about, but this promises to be an exciting game.
The Highlanders have all but given up homeground advantage and will host the Force at Lakes Leisure Events Centre, Queenstown. Why teams get talked into doing this sort of thing is beyond me?
This will be to close to call but expect the return of Cameron Shepherd to probably swing it in the Force’s favour.
Ref: Marius Jonker
ARs: Keith Brown, Josh Noonan
TMO: James McPhail
Venue: Lakes Leisure Events Centre, Queenstown
Kick-off: 04:30 SA Time, 02:30 GMT
Highlanders: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Kenny Lynn, 12 Jason Shoemark, 11 Fetu’u Vainikolo, 10 Mat Berquist, 9 Jimmy Cowan (captain), 8 Steven Setephano, 7 Alando Soakai, 6 Adam Thomson, 5 Hayden Triggs, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Clint Newland, 2 Jason Rutledge, 1 Chris King.
Replacements: 16 Jason Macdonald, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Joe Tuineau, 19 Tim Boys, 20 Sean Romans, 21 Robbie Robinson, 22 Jayden Hayward.
Western Force: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Cameron Shepherd, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Mark Bartholomeusz, 10 David Hill, 9 Chris O’Young, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Tom Hockings, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Ben McCalman, 19 Sam Wykes, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Dane Haylett-Petty.