Home team Away Team

Western Force

  • Ebersohn,
    Penalty goals: Hayward (4),
    Conversions: Hayward,
19 - 18


  • Penalty goals: Parker (2), Slade (4),
  • Super Rugby
  • Overall Group
  • 25th May 2013
  • KO 10:40
  • Ground: nib Stadium

Western Force v Highlanders - Super Rugby match preview

Last updated: 25th May 2013  

Tony Woodcock of the Highlanders is tackled by Reds

Tony Woodcock is one of seven changes to Jamie Joseph's side


Kyle Godwin starts at inside centre as part of an unchanged Western Force side

Related links





Also see

Western Force have named an unchanged squad for a third successive week ahead of Saturday's Super Rugby encounter with the Highlanders in Perth.

Head coach Michael Foley has retained the same starting line-up as the Force seek a first win in five outings.

Foley will hope his side can find just their third win of the campaign in the foot of the table encounter.

In contrast Highlanders coach Jamie Joseph has named seven changes to the side which lost 35-18 to the Bulls last time out.

Props Tony Woodcock and Ma'afu Fia combine with hooker Liam Coltman to form and all-new front row for the Highlanders.

Josh Bekhuis has recovered from a shoulder injury and will join the second row, allowing TJ Ioane to move in at blindside flanker.

In the backs, fly-half Hayden Parker returns to the starting XV which sees Colin Slade demoted to the bench.

Centre Ma'a Nonu takes the number 12 jersey having recovered from a knee injury while Jason Emery starts on the right wing with Toni Nemani set to start on the bench should he be passed fit.

Western Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Patrick Dellit, 13 Ben Jacobs, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Matt Hodgson (capt), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 James Hilterbrand, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Rory Walton, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Brett Sheehan, 21 Junior Rasolea, 22 Sam Norton-Knight.

Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Jason Emery, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Ma'a Nonu, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Mose Tuiali'i, 7 John Hardie, 6 TJ Ioane, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Brad Thorn (capt), 3 Ma'afu Fia, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Andrew Hore, 17 Bronson Murray, 18 Joe Wheeler, 19 Elliot Dixon, 20 Fumiaki Tanaka, 21 Colin Slade, 22 Tino Nemani/Trent Renata.

What they said...

Western Force head coach Michael Foley

"Last weekend was one of our better first halves of the season.

"While I'm enormously proud of the character this team has shown and developed over recent months, our challenge is to achieve a more ruthless approach to finishing opportunities."

Click here for more betting
Forthcoming Super Rugby Fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday 6th March
Super Rugby
06:35Chiefs vs Highlanders
08:40Brumbies vs Western Force
Saturday 7th March
06:35Blues vs Lions
08:40Reds vs Waratahs
15:05Cheetahs vs Bulls
17:10Stormers vs Sharks
Friday 13th March
06:35Hurricanes vs Blues
11:00Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels
Saturday 14th March
03:30Crusaders vs Lions
06:35Highlanders vs Waratahs
08:40Reds vs Brumbies
13:00Stormers vs Chiefs
15:05Cheetahs vs Sharks
Friday 20th March
06:35Highlanders vs Hurricanes
08:40Melbourne Rebels vs Lions
Saturday 21st March
06:35Crusaders vs Cheetahs
15:05Bulls vs Western Force
17:10Sharks vs Chiefs
Sunday 22nd March
05:05Waratahs vs Brumbies
Friday 27th March
06:35Hurricanes vs Melbourne Rebels
09:00Reds vs Lions
Saturday 28th March
05:30Chiefs vs Cheetahs
06:35Highlanders vs Stormers
08:40Waratahs vs Blues
15:05Sharks vs Western Force

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com