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    Reds coach makes one change

    2017-02-28 11:01

    Cape Town - The Reds have named their side to take on the Western Force in Perth on Thursday.

    Reds head coach Nick Stiles has made just one change to his 23-man squad which beat the Sharks 28-26 in Round One of the competition.

    Prop Taniela Tupou has been named in the reserves following the completion of his two-week suspension due to foul play in the Brisbane Global Rugby Tens.

    Izaia Perese remains in line to make his Reds and Super Rugby debut, after missing out on taking the field in last week’s match.

    Stiles said: "We were pleased to get the win at home in Round 1, but this week presents a fresh challenge. We know there’s plenty of work to do," Stiles told the Reds website.

    "This is our first away trip of the season and also our first Australian derby. It’s an important match and no doubt both teams will be fighting hard for a win. It’s always an arm wrestle against the Force."

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    Force

    15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Chance Peni, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Brynard Stander, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann (captain), 1 Ben Daley

    Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richard Hardwick, 20 Isi Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Alex Newsome

    Reds

    15 Karmichael Hunt, 14 Chris Kuridrani, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Duncan Paia’aua, 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nick Frisby, 8 Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Adam Korczyk, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper (captain)

    Substitutes: 16 Andrew Ready, 17 Sef Fa’agase, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Hendrik Tui, 21 James Tuttle, 22 Jake McIntyre, 23 Izaia Perese

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