The Force host the Waratahs in the first of two Australian derby matches this weekend, with both teams hovering in mid table, with a win able to boost their chances of catching up to the Brumbies, currently leading their conference.
The Force come off a home loss to the Chiefs, who have surprised a lot of people in the competition so far, but will look to regroup and gain valuable points against conference opposition.
The Waratahs had a bye last weekend, and the last time spent on the field also sees them losing to the Chiefs. The Tahs have named an unchanged line-up though, and with Brendan McKibbin being one of the form players in their squad at the moment, will look to him for the necessary spark to win this match.
Western Force: 1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Salesi Ma’afu,4. Toby Lynn,5. Nathan Sharpe,6. Richard Brown,7. David Pocock (Captain),8. Matt Hodgson,9. Brett Sheehan,10. Ben Seymour,11. Alfie Mafi,12. Winston Stanley,13. Nick Cummins,14. Rory Sidey,15. David Harvey
Reserves:,16. Elvis Taione,17. Kieran Longbottom,18. Phoenix Battye,19. Ben McCalman,20. Josh Holmes,21. Cameron Shepherd,22. Patrick Dellit
Waratahs: 15. Bernard Foley , 14. Tom Kingston , 13. Rob Horne , 12. Tom Carter , 11. Adam Ashley-Cooper , 10. Berrick Barnes, 9. Brendan McKibbin , 8. Wycliff Palu , 7. Chris Alcock , 6. Dave Dennis , 5. Kane Douglas , 4. Dean Mumm , 3. Sekope Kepu , 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau , 1. Benn Robinson
Replacements, 16. John Ulugia , 17. Paddy Ryan , 18. Sitaleki Timani , 19. Lopeti Timani , 20. Jono Jenkins , 21. Sarel Pretorius, 22. Daniel Halangahu
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1:Ian Smith
Assistant Ref 2:Julian Pritchard