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Western Force are ready for the Sharks

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Sharks, Super 14 on 12 May 2010 at 20:22
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The Western Force are determined to finish their season on a winning note and notch a first ever victory in Durban, when they tackle the in-form Sharks on Friday.

Rugby 365 reports that coach John Mitchell has recalled Pek Cowan and Ben Whittaker to the front row, while Ben McCalman’s brute force has been added at lock for a match the West Australian’s expect will be played with plenty of physicality.

“We’re coming up against what we feel will be a physical pack and a physical game of rugby,” Mitchell said.

“Not only do we have to meet that head on but also find a way to outsmart them.

“This is probably the strongest mix that we can put together based on what we have seen throughout the year,” Mitchell added.

Scrumhalf Brett Sheehan also returns to a squad that Mitchell is confident will rebound from the disappointing performance against the Cheetahs last Saturday in Bloemfontein.

The Force have won four of their past six matches and have shown they can respond positively after a loss as they did when they comprehensively defeated the Crusaders in Round 11 after going down to the Blues a week earlier.

“I’ve got no doubt that this group will get up this weekend and put our best foot forward against the Sharks,” said Mitchell.

“I guess the frustrating aspect is the trend where we drop off now and again but in saying that common sense needs to prevail. Since the Reds match, if you draw a line underneath that, this group has hung tough and played some good football.”

It won’t be easy for the Force with the Sharks enjoying a run that has seen them win six of their past seven matches.

The South African’s enjoying a superb second half of the season and disposed of their high flying countrymen, the Stormers, in Durban last week and will again be on the attack at home.

“It’s the only South African venue in our short history that we haven’t nailed so there is a challenge there,” Mitchell said.

“Being our last game you have to take the performance into the remainder of the winter and into the next pre-season. It is important to finish on a high. Losing or coming close is not an option.”

Western Force: 15 James O’Connor, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Mitch Inman, 12 Ryan Cross, 11 Cameron Shepherd, 10 David Hill, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Richard Brown, 7 David Pocock, 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Ben McCalman, 3 Tim Fairbrother, 2 Ben Whittaker, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Charles, 17 Matt Dunning, 18 Sam Wykes, 19 Tom Hockings, 20 Justin Turner, 21 Sam Harris, 22 Mark Bartholomeusz.

Date: Friday, May 14
Venue: Absa Stadium, Durban
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Pro Legoete (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Mark Lawrence (South Africa), Marc van Zyl (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


  • Referee: Pro Legoete (South Africa)

    OH C’MON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This clown was dropped from all S14 after he stuffed up the 2nd half of our match against the Cheetahsand then stuffed up a week later when the Cheetahs played the highlanders.

    So now he is back. :evil:

    Why have Lawrence as a TJ and not the ref????????????????

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.05.10 20:27:20 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • OH WTF thought he was off for the Whole S14 :evil:
    REf we are waiting for you and you are :evil: and :twisted: in most of SW eyes
    you won’t be getting away with this one and my its our Sharks and a last win is what we are going to get :mrgreen:

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.05.10 20:48:22 by Chaz Reply
    ChazTeam captain
  • We better get a 5 pointer from this one.

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.05.10 07:49:05 by Letgo Reply
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  • Lol. A 5 pointer wouldnt help us at all. We will still reamain in 9th place, becoz i cant see the reds losing to the highlandrs (sorry hertford my mate) and the blues losing to the chiefs.

  • Comment 4, posted at 14.05.10 07:57:36 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

    JustPlainSHARKCurrie Cup player
  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 4) :

    We had a small glimmer with the Chiefs being able to win then they pulled a “bulls” and are fielding a B side so the Blues will walk it. :razz:

  • Comment 5, posted at 14.05.10 08:12:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • I see you guys are blaming the ref AGAIN.

    Oh well… :roll:

  • Comment 6, posted at 14.05.10 08:24:55 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : I also thought that he will not feature in this year’s S14 anymore. Maybe lawrence is there to supervise him :roll:

  • Comment 7, posted at 14.05.10 08:32:53 by rekinek Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) : :mrgreen:

    and the game haven’t even started yet… oh well.. we are so ahead …. (touch wood! nobody jinxing sharks)

  • Comment 8, posted at 14.05.10 08:34:13 by rekinek Reply
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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 4) : reds are fading away a bit so who knows… but I agree with you it is highly unlikely.

  • Comment 9, posted at 14.05.10 08:35:47 by rekinek Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) :
    I hope poor Pro has recovered from Tiaan Liebenbergs panty tearing outburst “Maak jou f***en oë oop”. Amazingly this is condoned by the rugby powers that be.
    I shouldnt be too hard on Liebenberg here, afterall it was dawning on him that despite what the Cape based newspapers had to say, he was still a long, long way off in the pecking order when it comes to hookers.

  • Comment 10, posted at 14.05.10 10:48:52 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 10) : :razz: :razz:

  • Comment 11, posted at 14.05.10 10:52:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach

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