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The Force is ready for the Crusaders

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Super 14 on 12 Mar 2009 at 05:55
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Emirates Western Force Head Coach John Mitchell has announced his team for Friday night’s Investec Super 14 Week 5 clash with the Crusaders at AMI Stadium in Christchurch.

The Western Force Website reports that Mitchell has named three changes to the starting XV following his side’s 31-13 defeat to the Chiefs in Hamilton last Friday, two of which are to the forward pack.

51-match veteran David Pusey will start at lock for the first time since the final match of the 2008 season, replacing Tom Hockings who moves to the reserves bench for the battle with the seven-time Super rugby champions.

2009 recruit Richard Stanford is set for his first run on appearance in his new colours after winning a chance at blindside flanker. The match will also be Stanford’s Super 14 debut as a starter after earning his six caps with the Brumbies as a replacement.

Stanford’s selection in the number 6 jersey pushes Tamaiti Horua back to Number 8, a position he has played just once in his 10 appearances for the WA side.

Last week’s Number 8 Matt Hodgson returns to the bench.

Mitchell has also made one change to his backs, recalling James O’Connor at inside centre and returning Junior Pelesasa to the reserves bench.

O’Connor last started in the number 12 jersey against the Cheetahs in Week 2, and saw just 21 minutes of action against the Chiefs last week after not taking the field in the Week 3 victory over the Brumbies in Canberra.

Mitchell said despite their injury concerns, the Crusaders will be desperate for victory on the weekend to keep pace with the competition leaders.

“History shows they don’t often suffer repeat losses and they’ll be throwing everything at us on Saturday night,” said Mitchell.

“What’s important is that we respond with the same urgency and finish our tour with a strong performance after our result in Hamilton.”

The 23-man touring squad will depart Queenstown today, where they have spent the past four days preparing for the clash with the defending champions, and hold their final training session at AMI Stadium tomorrow

2009 Investec Super 14 Week 5
Emirates Western Force v Crusaders
Saturday 14 March, 2009
AMI Stadium, Christchurch, NZ
Kick off: 5.30pm NZ (1.30pm AWDST)

1. Pek Cowan
2. Tai McIsaac
3. Ben Castle
4. David Pusey
5. Nathan Sharpe (c)
6. Richard Stanford
7. David Pocock
8. Tamaiti Horua
9. Josh Valentine
10. Matt Giteau
11. Cameron Shepherd
12. James O’Connor
13. Ryan Cross
14. Nick Cummins
15. Drew Mitchell

16. Luke Holmes
17. AJ Whalley
18. Tom Hockings
19. Matt Hodgson
20. Chris O’Young
21. Junior Pelesasa
22. Haig Sare


  • The Crusaders team to play the Western Force at AMI Stadium on Saturday, March 14, kick-off 5.30pm, is:

    1. Wyatt Crockett
    2. Jason Macdonald
    3. Bronson Murray
    4. Brad Thorn
    5. Isaac Ross
    6. Kieran Read (c)
    7. George Whitelock
    8. Thomas Waldrom
    9. Kahn Fotuali’i
    10. Stephen Brett
    11. Colin Slade
    12. Ryan Crotty
    13. Tim Bateman
    14. Adam Whitelock
    15. Leon MacDonald

    16. Dan Perrin
    17. Owen Franks
    18. Ross Filipo
    19. Nasi Manu
    20. Tyson Keats
    21. Hamish Gard
    22. Blair Cook

  • Comment 1, posted at 12.03.09 05:56:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • Methinks the Force are going to take this… just an insane amt of injured/departed players this season…

    Look out for Stanford… the guy is one HUGE unit at blindside… very much in the Rocky Elsom mould but bigger…

  • Comment 2, posted at 12.03.09 06:09:11 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 2) :

    Thanks for answering that question. 😉

    I was wondering who Stanford was.

  • Comment 3, posted at 12.03.09 06:57:01 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 3) :

    Yep… he’s around 2m and 110kgs… and quick…

  • Comment 4, posted at 12.03.09 07:37:47 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 4) :

    Saw him play as a lightie in the ARC…

  • Comment 5, posted at 12.03.09 07:38:21 by bryce_in_oz Reply
  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 5) :

    I will miss all Saturdays matches. 🙁 So won’t see him play.

  • Comment 6, posted at 12.03.09 08:14:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @bryce_in_oz (Comment 4) : oh dear. Might cause us some problems next week

  • Comment 7, posted at 12.03.09 10:04:31 by robdylan Reply
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