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    Force change for 'huge' Reds derby

    2017-05-24 09:19

    Brisbane - The Force have made several changes for their Australian derby with the Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.

    Kick-off is at 11:45 SA time.

    Francois van Wyk and Heath Tessmann return to the starting front row as Pek Cowan and Tatafu Polota-Nau are set to provide impact off the bench. 

    Up and coming lock Matt Philip comes into the starting second row after a strong showing off the bench last week. 

    Michael Ruru will start at scrumhalf after an impressive performance last week in his return from an ankle injury suffered in Round 9 against the Kings. 

    James Verity-Amm will start on the right wing, while Marcel Brache will marshal the troops from fullback in his return from concussion. 

    Mitchell Short and Luke Burton have been included on the bench. 

    Force head coach Dave Wessels says this match is huge in the context of the Australian Conference and his men are up for the challenge. 

    “We were very disappointed with our performance against the Highlanders and irrespective of who we are playing it’s important that we respond with the same intensity that has been evident for the majority of our season so far,” said Wessels.

    Teams:

    Reds

    15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi (captain), 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa'agase

    Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Adam Korczyk, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Lachlan Maranta

    Force

    15 Marcel Brache, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isireli Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk

    Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Luke Morahan

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