Peter Grant starts for Western Force

    2017-05-11 10:18

    Cape Town - Western Force head coach Dave Wessels has made several rotational changes to his matchday 23 to take on the Jaguares in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

    Kick-off is at 23:40 SA time.

    Former Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant gets his first start of the season at fullback while another South African-born player in loosehead prop Francois van Wyk also earns his first start of the campaign.

    Elsewhere, club captain Heath Tessmann has earned his fourth start of the season at hooker.

    It’s taken over 18 months, but finally for the first time Adam Coleman and Richie Arnold will start in the second row, combining to be one of the tallest lock combinations in Super Rugby.

    Ross Haylett-Petty moves to the blindside flank position, Onehunga Havili will make his run-on debut at openside flank and Richard Hardwick rounds out the forward pack changes in the No 8 jersey.

    In the backline, Semisi Masirewa comes in for his first game of the season.

    Anaru Rangi is the only new face on the bench, as the big New Zealander is set to come on for his second match of the season at reserve hooker.

    Tessmann says that the Jaguares are an exciting team to watch and pose threats all over the park providing a good challenge for the men from western Australia.

    "We’re really excited to be playing the Jaguares in Argentina, but we know that we need to improve on last weekend’s performance," said Tessmann.

    "The Jaguares play a dangerous style of play and we will need to play a full 80 minutes to take the four points."



    15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Batista Ezcurra, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 6 Tomás Lezana, 5 Matías Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Santiago Garcia Botta

    Substitutes: 16 Julían Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Felipe Arregui, 19 Tomás Lavanini, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23 Manuel Montero


    15 Peter Grant, 14 Semisi Masirewa, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Onehunga Havili, 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Richie Arnold, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann (captain), 1 Francois van Wyk

    Substitutes: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Shambeckler Vui, 19 Lewis Carmichael, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Isireli Naisarani, 22 Mitchell Short, 23 James Verity-Amm

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