The Honey Badger returns for Force

Thu, 03 Jul 2014 09:01
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Nick Cummins returns to his favoured left wing position after a neck niggle kept him out of last weekend's match.

Nick Cummins returns to his favoured left wing position after a neck niggle kept him out of last weekend's match.
Cummins will man the wings with Dane Haylett-Petty against the Reds in Perth, while Jayden Hayward completes back three with the fullback scoring the match-winning try in the Force’s 32-29 win over the Reds in Brisbane in Round Eight.
The Force will feature a new halfback pairing of Ian Prior (No.9) and Zack Holmes (No.10), while Alby Mathewson (hip) and Sias Ebersohn (bicep) have been ruled out through injury.
Prior has already started in six of his 12 appearances for the Force this season, while Holmes earns his third opportunity in the run-on side.
In the Force forward pack, Wilhelm Steenkamp replaces Adam Coleman at lock, while prop Pek Cowan will become the third most-capped player in the club’s history on Saturday when he runs out for his 80th Super Rugby match.
The 28-year-old surpasses Richard Brown (79 caps) and sits behind Matt Hodgson (111) and Nathan Sharpe (92) on the all-time list of appearances for the club.
Head Coach Michael Foley says his side will be looking for a fitting final home performance of the regular season in front of the club’s fans.
“We’ve loved playing at home this season and our supporters are an important part of what makes it so special” he said ahead of their clash with the Queensland Reds.
“This weekend we’re looking for a performance that not only allows us to reach the goals we’ve set ourselves as a team, but provides a fitting performance for our fans who keep fronting for us.
“We know that the key to achieving that is our attitude.
“Irrespective of the situation in the game – attack, defence, the battle at the breakdown, our desire to win every moment and our willingness to work for each other – will always make the biggest difference.”
Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Chris Tuatara-Morrison, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Zack Holmes, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Hugh McMenamin, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Justin Turner, 22 Dillyn Leyds, 23 Solomoni Rasolea.
Date: Saturday, July 5
Venue: NIB Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19.40  (09.40GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant referees: James Leckie, Ian Smith (both Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)
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Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
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Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
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Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
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