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One Change For Western Force Ahead Of Run With The Bulls

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 2 Apr 2008 at 19:06
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Emirates Western Force Coach John Mitchell has named his team for Friday night’s Investec Super 14 Week 8 clash with the Bulls at Subiaco Oval.

The WA side will be searching for its first home victory of the 2008 season when it hosts last year’s Super 14 champions, who are on the final leg of a winless Australasian tour.

Rugby WA announced that with the exception of one forced change, due to injury to inside back Scott Daruda, Mitchell has opted to retain the same starting lineup from last week’s disappointing 32-16 defeat to the Stormers in Perth.

The recently re-signed Daruda will be confined to the sidelines for at least two matches after suffering ankle ligament damage late in the first half of last week’s clash.

With Daruda unavailable, Lachlan MacKay will again take the reigns at inside centre.

MacKay will start his fourth match of the season in the number 12 jersey, while 21-year-old utility back Josh Tatupu rejoins the reserves bench.

Coach John Mitchell said it was not time to hit the panic button, despite his team’s heavy defeat to the Stormers.

“The method we’ve used throughout the season has served us well, so we aren’t about to toss it out after one poor performance,” said Mitchell.

“The team acknowledges that last week’s performance was unacceptable, but with the nature of the (Super 14) competition we can’t afford to dwell on one defeat,” he said.

Mitchell said the defending champions cannot be underestimated despite a slow start to the season.

“The Bulls are the defending champions and they have come into some form on tour.”

“They’ve got tremendous depth and quality across the park and they’ve got four straight matches at home coming up, so they’ll be keen to put some runs on the board before returning to South Africa,” he said.

Overall head to head: Played 2, EWF 1, Bulls 1.

Last met: 16 February 2007, EWF 30 def Bulls 27, Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, SA.

Emirates Western Force v Bulls, Friday 4 April, 2008

Starting XV: 1. Pek Cowan,2. Tai McIsaac,3. AJ Whalley, 4. Tom Hockings, 5. Nathan Sharpe (c), 6. Scott Fava, 7. David Pocock, 8. Richard Brown, 9. Chris O’Young, 10. Matt Giteau (vc), 11. Drew Mitchell, 12. Lachlan MacKay, 13. Ryan Cross, 14. Scott Staniforth, 15. Cameron Shepherd.
Reserves: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Troy Takiari, 18. Sam Wykes, 19. Tamaiti Horua, 20. James Stannard, 21. Josh Tatupu, 22. Nick Cummins


  • I will be very surprised if Cross doesn’t make the Wallaby team.

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.04.08 19:15:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • his defence is not great, though… you want him to play in Mortlock’s place?

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.04.08 19:28:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • No, 😉 (except when they play the Boks) but he will be Mortlock’s backup IMO.

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.04.08 19:41:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • he is good… runs straight, which is nice. Wish frikken Waylon would watch and learn. His defensive problem is really about alignment, something that can easily be taught.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.04.08 20:15:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • I hope it is a better weekend for the bulls. I missed the bulls game last week..how did Spies do…was his first game back from injury…can anybody fill me in on his progress.

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.04.08 21:20:14 by Debs Reply

  • apparently he played well. Didn’t see it myself.

    Why do you want them to do well?

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.04.08 21:24:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • Not that I really want them to do well Rob but after all they are a south african team…i dont smaak them at all but eish i feel sorry for them

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.04.08 21:29:51 by Debs Reply

  • nope – sorry. I support all SA teams and whoever’s playing against the Bulls.

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.04.08 21:37:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • lol

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.04.08 21:40:59 by Debs Reply

  • Thanks for the pics – I’ll get them up first thing tomorrow

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.04.08 21:54:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • I think Spies played a full 80minutes actually

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.04.08 22:07:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Debs

    Spies played incredibly well considering he had such a long layoff. The Bulls were actually robbed BIG time and should have won the game. Blues were awarded 2 very dubious tries!

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.04.08 22:51:46 by Villie Reply
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  • if there is another sa team that can run the force close its the bulls, with brian, pierre, and zane on song they might have it in them, but i think the head will rule the body and they will loose another close 1 force by 7

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.04.08 06:57:17 by barend Reply

  • india 43/4 ??????

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.04.08 07:04:24 by barend Reply

  • 56/8 ???

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.04.08 07:27:45 by barend Reply

  • 76 all out

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.04.08 07:49:59 by barend Reply

  • Huge success

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.04.08 08:18:13 by provincejoulekkading Reply

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