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  • Penalty goals: Cooper (4),
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  • Mafi,
    Penalty goals: Ebersohn (4),
    Conversions: Ebersohn,
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 16th Mar 2013
  • KO 08:40
  • Ground: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane

Reds v Western Force: Super Rugby match preview

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Chris Alcock (left): Western Force flanker starts on the openside

Will Genia Australia v Wales 2012

Will Genia: scrum-half makes his Reds return against Western Force

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The Reds chase their fourth successive Super Rugby victory on Saturday as they host a Western Force side yet to register a win this season.

The Queenslanders have made a fortress of the Suncorp Stadium winning 23 of their last 26 home fixtures and will aim to take advantage of their rival's poor defensive record as they look to reduce the Brumbies lead at the top of the table to a single point.

The welcome return of Will Genia is tempered by the exclusion of Digby Ioane, who is suspended due to an off-field incident.

Genia takes the Reds captaincy in his first appearance since September when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in Australia's 26-19 victory over South Africa.

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The highly anticipated return of Genia is accompanied by a new wing combination for the Reds as Luke Morahan and Chris Feauai-Sautia replace Ioane and Dom Shipperley.

Force wing Patrick Delit makes his return to action following an ankle injury while flanker Chris Alcock is promoted to the starting line-up.

Delit comes into the side for Nick Cummins who is ruled out with inflammation of a recurring knee injury.

Alcock's inclusion sees Force captain Matt Hodgson rested after a hamstring injury sustained during defeat against the Bulls two weeks ago.

Reds: 15 Jono Lance, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Anthony Faingaa, 12 Ben Tapuai, 11 Chris Feauai-Sautia, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia (capt), 1 Greg Holmes, 2 Saia Faingaa, 3 James Slipper, 4 Ed O'Donoghue, 5 Rob Simmons, 6 Eddie Quirk, 7 Liam Gill, 8 Jake Schatz
Replacements: 16 James Hanson, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Adam Wallace-Harrison, 19 Jarrad Butler, 20 Nick Frisby, 21 Mike Harris, 22 Aidan Toua

Western Force: 15 Will Tupou, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Winston Stanley, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Alfie Mafi, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Richard Brown, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Hugh McMeniman, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan (capt)
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Phoenix Battye, 19 Ben McCalman, 20 Mick Snowden, 21 Junior Rasolea, 22 Jayden Hayward

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