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    Force name Cowan amongst replacements

    2016-05-19 10:04

    Perth - The Force have made a number of changes to the match day 23 that will host the Blues in Perth on Saturday.

    Ben Tapuai comes in for Solomoni Rasolea in the outside centre position in the only change in the starting XV.

    Pek Cowan is set to return for the first time since Round Seven, should he come off the bench, after being sidelined due to injury.

    The 29-year-old prop, who broke his arm in the 20-19 loss to the Crusaders, replaces Chris Heiberg amongst the replacements.

    Castres-bound Steve Mafi makes way for Rory Walton on the bench while South African-born pivot Peter Grant misses out on selection and Luke Burton gets the nod ahead of him.

    Teams:

    Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Ian Prior, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (capt), 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Francois van Wyk. 

    Substitutes: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Semisi Masirewa

    Blues: 15 Melani Nanai 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Piers Francis, 11 Tevita Li, 10 Ihaia West, 9 Billy Guyton, 8 Steven Luatua, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Josh Bekhuis, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Sam Prattley

    Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Ofa Tu’ungafasi, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Hoani Matenga, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Bryn Hall, 22 Matt McGahan, 23 Male Sa’u

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