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The Western Force are desperate to break their Super Rugby AU duck, but they’ll have to overcome a confident Queensland Reds outfit if that’s to happen tonight. Join The Roar for live scores from 7:05pm (AEST).
The Force have given a good account of themselves every time they’ve taken the pitch in this comeback season of theirs, but they’re still yet to reach full-time with a win. They almost stunned the Reds when the two sides met at Suncorp Stadium earlier in the year, racing out to a 14-0 lead, but were run down in the end by Brad Thorn’s charges.
Queensland are coming off an incredible, backs-to-the-wall win against the Rebels. Despite giving up 90 per cent possession in the second half, the Reds managed to make three times as many tackles as their opponents and ended up well ahead on the scoreboard at the end of the 80 minutes.
The Force may fancy their chances to take advantage of any tiredness in the opposition camp as a result of that defensive workload, as well as the shorter six-day turnaround. Still, it will be a mighty upset should Tim Sampson’s men manage to pull off the victory.
Neither side have made major alterations to their line-up for this one, with the main change coming for the Reds: Hunter Paisami is out with a knee injury, replaced at outside centre by Josh Flook with Jordan Petaia staying out on the wing. Harry Hoopert is another addition for the Queenslanders, making his return from injury on the bench.
Kick-off: 7:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Cbus Super Stadium
TV: Fox Sports
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
1. Pek Cowan, 2. Andrew Ready, 3. Kieran Longbottom, 4. Jeremy Thrush, 5. Ollie Atkins, 6. Fergus Lee-Warner, 7. Kane Koteka, 8. Brynard Stander, 9. Ian Prior (c), 10. Jono Lance, 11. Brad Lacey, 12. Richard Kahui, 13. Kyle Godwin, 14. Byron Ralston, 15. Jake Strachan
Bench: 16. Heath Tessmann, 17. Chris Heiberg, 18. Tom Sheminant, 19. Johan Bardoul, 20. Ollie Callan, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Jack McGregor, 23. Henry Taefu
1. Jack Straker, 2. Brandon Paenga-Amosa, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Angus Blyth, 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. Josh Flook, 14. Jordan Petaia, 15. Jock Campbell
Bench: 16. Josh Nasser, 17. Harry Hoopert, 18. Zane Nonggorr, 19. Tuaina Taii Tualima, 20. Angus Scott-Young, 21. Moses Sorovi, 22. Bryce Hegarty, 23. Jack Hardy