Perth - Western Force head coach Michael Foley has given the
side a shake up for Friday’s Super clash against the Bulls with seven changes to
the match-day 23.
In the changes to the starting XV, Harry Scoble has been
named for his run-on debut after impressing in his 35-minutes off the bench
Flyhalf Ian Prior and wing Luke Morahan return to the side
after a week on the sidelines and Ammon Matuauto has been named for his Super
Rugby debut at outside centre.
In the changes to the reserves, Guy Millar and Ross
Haylett-Petty return, while Anaru Rangi comes into the side for a potential
Foley said he is confident each player named will be able do
their job for the side.
“As a team, our opportunity to respond to a disappointing
performance comes on Friday night. Every person in the team cares, but the way
to best show that is on the field. While we’ve encountered some challenges this
season, it’s important we look forward to attacking and enjoying every contest,”
he told the Force’s official website.
“A number of the men who’ve performed well over an extended
period in training have been given the opportunity to either start, or come off
the bench this week.”
The props remain unchanged with Tetera Faulkner at tighthead
and Francois van Wyk at loosehead, while in the only change to the starting
forward pack, Harry Scoble will look to stand strong against a powerful Bulls
Adam Coleman and Steve Mafi will again partner in the second
row. While the formidable backrow of Angus Cottrell, Matt Hodgson and Ben
McCalman will look to take the challenge up to Bulls with clashes between the
two sides notoriously being bruising battles.
Among the halfbacks, Alby Mathewson will partner with Prior
who comes into the starting No 10 jersey to replace Peter Grant who suffered an
eye injury in Round 8.
In midfield, Junior Rasolea will start at inside centre with
Ammon Mautauto named to make his Western Force and Super Rugby debut when he
runs on at outside centre. Matuauto was strong for the Perth Spirit in the
Buildcorp National Rugby Championship and will be keen to make his presence
felt at the next level.
Speedster Morahan is a welcome return to the left wing while
Marcel Brache and Dane Haylett-Petty round out the starting line-up.
Coming off the bench, Ryan Louwrens and Kyle Godwin will
both look to inject some pace into the backline when called upon while, Haylett-Petty
will be keen to pick up where he left off after missing last week’s clash with
Friday’s clash is scheduled for 13:05 (SA time).
15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ammon Mautauto,
12 Junior Rasolea, 11 Luke Morohan, 10 Ian Prior, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman,
7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Steve Mafi, 3
Tetera Faulkner, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Francois van Wyk
Substitutes: 16 Chris Heiberg, 17 Anaru Rangi, 18 Guy
Millar, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Kyle
Godwin, 23 Semisi Masirewa
15 SP Marais, 14 Travis Ismaiel, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Jan
Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Hanro
Liebenberg, 7 Arno Botha, 6 Lappies Labuschagne, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 RG Snyman, 3
Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Trevor Nyakane
Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Werner
Kruger, 19 Jannes Kirsten, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23