Haylett-Petty boost for Force

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:37
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Western Force have made just one change to the starting XV to face the Hurricanes, with star fullback Dane Haylett-Petty returning from injury.

Haylett-Petty returns from a hamstring injury he suffered against the Chiefs in Round Nine and will lead the team out in what will be his 50th match of Super Rugby and for the side.

In the only other change to the 23, Marcel Brache moves to the bench and will look to continue his impressive form against the Reds last week, along with Wallaby squad members Tatafu Polota-Nau and Richard Hardwick.

Western Force Head Coach Dave Wessels says that his team are looking forward to taking on the Hurricanes at home and backing up with another strong performance.

"Our biggest challenge is to learn how to back-up performances," he said. "We didn't play well in our last home game. It's important that we address that this weekend.

"We want to play the way the people of WA will be proud of."
 
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 James Verity-Amm, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Bill Meakes, 11 Alex Newsome, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Michael Ruru, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Matt Hodgson (captain), 6 Ross Haylett-Petty, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Matt Philip, 3 Jermaine Ainsley, 2 Heath Tessmann, 1 Francois van Wyk.
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Pek Cowan, 18 Tetera Faulkner, 19 Richie Arnold, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Mitchell Short, 22 Luke Burton, 23 Marcel Brache.

Date: Saturday, June 3
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19.55 (23.55 NZ time; 11.55 GMT)
Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Graham Cooper (Australia), Jordan Way (Australia)
TMO: Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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