Ebersohn set to for milestone
Cape Town - Western Force flyhalf Sias Ebersohn will play his 50th Super Rugby game when they clash with the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday.
The former Cheetah joined the Force as foreign developing player ahead of the 2013 season.
According to the Force's official website
, the 25-year-old has scored 103 points in his 19 matches for the Force, contributing to a total of 323 points throughout his Super Rugby career.
The match will also mark the milestone game for hooker Nathan Charles who will play his 50th Super Rugby match for the Force.
Charles will record his half-century after originally joining the Force as an injury replacement during the 2010 season. After making his debut against the Stormers that year, Charles has since gone on to become the second most-capped hooker for the Force behind inaugural rake Tai McIsaac (52 matches).
Head coach Michael Foley said they are ready to resume their campaign following a bye week.
The Force stunned the Chiefs 18-15 in Perth two weeks ago.
“The bye week has allowed the team to rest and refocus on our next four-match block of the competition,” said Foley.
“On the back of a lot of hard work by the boys, there’s a growing belief in each other and how we’re playing. Importantly, we’re demonstrating greater composure and resilience when things aren’t going to plan, which is a key characteristic of successful teams.
“This weekend marks Nathan and Sias’ 50th matches. Both players have faced tough challenges over the last 12 months - Nathan recovering from a knee reconstruction and Sias relocating to a new country - and it is a credit to both of them that during that time, they’ve been able to make significant improvements in their performances.”
Kick-off for Saturday's derby at Suncorp Stadium is scheduled for 10:40 (SA time).Teams:Reds:
15 Ben Lucas, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson, 1 James Slipper
Substitutes: 16 Albert Anae, 17 Pettowa Paraka, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O'Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga'a, 23 Jonah PlacidForce:
15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Solomoni Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan
Substitutes: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache