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The undefeated table-toppers of Super Rugby AU, the Reds, host a resurgent Western Force team at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 7:05pm (AEST).
The Reds, despite looking down and out in the latter stages last week, came back to level the scores against the Rebels at the end of 80 minutes.
And despite Super Rugby’s first extra time, the two sides couldn’t be split. With those two points, the Queenslanders hold top spot of Super Rugby AU with a total of six points. They’re only narrowly ahead of the Brumbies on five with a game in hand, and the Waratahs who are also on five, so a win tonight against the Force is critical.
After this game they won’t play at home until Round 7, and will want full points heading into next week’s bye.
The Force are back, and didn’t let themselves down last week in the loss to the Waratahs. They were the first team to score a try, but the hosts wrestled it away from them in the second stanza. On the plus side for the West Australians, their next four games are at home, but this would be a key win in terms of getting momentum, especially given they missed out on a bonus point last week.
They’ve been busy during the week, recruiting former All Black Richard Kahui in a savvy signing. We won’t see him in play this weekend, but look forward to his involvements.
In team news, the Reds will call on Angus Scott-Young to start at lock, after Angus Blyth was ruled out. Chris Feauai-Sautia is at 14, and Jock Campbell moves to fullback. This pushes Bryce Hegarty back to the pine, in number 23.
There are a couple of potential debutants: Jack Straker and Ryan Smith sitting in on the bench.
The Force have kept it stable, making only one change. It’s Ollie Atkins subbing on for Johan Bardoul in the reserves.
It’s a toss-up. The Reds probably start favourites, but the Force are going to start upsetting sides soon, possibly even tonight.
Reds by six.
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Kick off: 7:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Suncorp Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Betting: Reds $1.14, Force $5.75
1. Harry Hoopert, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Angus Scott-Young, 5. Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 6. Liam Wright (c), 7. Fraser McReight, 8. Harry Wilson, 9. Tate McDermott, 10. James O’Connor, 11. Filipo Daugunu, 12. Hamish Stewart, 13. Hunter Paisami, 14. Chris Feauia-Sautia, 15. Jock Campbell
16. Alex Mafi, 17. Dane Zander, 18. Jack Straker, 19. Ryan Smith, 20. Tuaina Taii Tualima, 21. Scott Malolua, 22. Josh Flook, 23. Bryce Hegarty
1. Angus Wagner, 2. Feleti Kaitu’u, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Fergus Lee-Warner, 6. Henry Stowers, 7. Tevin Ferris, 8. Brynard Stander, 9. Ian Prior (c), 10. Jono Lance, 11. Brad Lacey, 12. Nick Jooste, 13. Marcel Brache, 14. Byron Ralston, 15. Jack McGregor
16. Andrew Ready, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Ollie Atkins, 20. Ollie Callan, 21. Jacob Abel, 22. Henry Taefu, 23. Kyle Godwin