Round 7. Western Force v Reds

Discussion in 'General Rugby Union' started by Dumbo, Mar 12, 2007.

  1. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    The Force after dispatching the Canes last week take on the Reds who got humped by the Highlanders get to try and win another one at home.
    The Force is the current Australian team with momentum, while the Reds are still struggling.

    Force should be clear favorites in this one as it’s pretty obvious the Reds are struggling.
    On the injury side I haven’t heard much from the Force but the Reds still are without key inderviduals. Big Rodney Blake should be going under the knife and won’t be able to play, talented Clinton Schifcofske could be set to return, as for the MANY others missing I’m not sure.

    One highlight for the Reds in the combination of young guys Quade Cooper (who surprisingly turned out to be Kiwi born) and Berrick Barnes. For the Reds to have a shot these two really are going to have to step up to deal with Matt Giteau and Junior Pelesasa (if selected at 2nd5), I for one think they can. Last week’s effort from these two against the Highlanders was truly inspirational and if they can gain further momentum on that performance then it could be all on.

    Ben Tune on Ryan Cross should be a highlight as well as don’t think either is going to be taking the game lightly.

    Also as a local match… fists could fly in this one.

    Force in a close one.
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  3. TheBokke

    TheBokke Guest

    Only one thing to say about this game :zzz:
  4. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Nah, I'd go the other way... think this could be a very exciting match.
    Both teams are prepared to have a go at the try line, I'm looking forward to it.
  5. Wally

    Wally Guest

    Should be the most worthwhile game to watch for a Reds fan all season. More confident of a win over there then at Dunedin, even though the Force are a better team. Massive rivalry if last year is anything to go by. Eddie Jones also called them Queensland C a few months back. Should be a few decent biffs.
  6. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Agree... looking forward to seeing a bit of biffo... bring back the biff!
  7. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest


    Berrick Barnes is injured mate, i'm not sure how bad it is but it's the same shoulder he had reconstructed last year... he definately wont be playing this week.

    James Horwill is another one of the Reds players in doubt for this match.

    I haven't heard much about the Force this week but there must be some concerns over the fitness of Staniforth, Pusey and maybe Doherty.

    I think we'll be incredibly hard to beat at home now we have that monkey off our back, i'm expecting a bonus point win against the Reds :) .
  8. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    Barnes out? Bummer as was looking forward to him and Cooper teaming up for this one as was impressed with their efforts last week against the Highlanders.

    Any news on Schifcofske?
  9. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    Broken hand

    Still at least 2 weeks away from returning (more likely 3).

    If you head down to Reds training this week your a pretty good chance of getting a game against the Force.
  10. esoj

    esoj Guest

    yeah barnes out and the reds tried to get blakes surgey delayed but the aru turned them down. horwill is expected to play. reds have no forwards and backs. force should win this in a canter.
  11. Going to be a close game reds are going to give everything.

    Force by 10 or less.
  12. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    You playing?

    God, who's left?
  13. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    Force injury update:

    Staniforth has undergone knee surgery but should only miss the next couple of weeks, maybe just the one.

    David Pusey injured ankle ligaments - out for 2 weeks

    Pat O'Connor and Luke Doherty were also getting treatment today, we may be forced to blood one of our apprentice locks Tom Hockings.

    Henjak out of training today with injured arm

    Giteau doing lite training on the sidelines (not training with the team)
  14. esoj

    esoj Guest

    ;o a few force injuries this could make it at least a contest maybe. still think the force would have too much for them.

    and a little verbal war with eddie jones saying drew mitchell is the weak link in the force backline.
  15. Juggernaut

    Juggernaut Guest

    I'm going to against common sense and back the Reds to win this one. I dunno why but I kinda feel sorry for them in their current state.
    Any team would be down on their knees if they had the same amount of injuries to their key players.

    BTW, Andrew Walker will be Man of the Match. He will kick all of the Reds points.

    Also be good to see Pelesasa come up against Johanson.

    Reds by less than 7.
  16. aussie1st

    aussie1st Guest

    Unless the Reds blast away in the first half the Force will catch or blow out the lead in the 2nd half.
  17. The TRUTH

    The TRUTH Guest

    Thats all nice and cute, but rather meaningless when you dont back it up in the tipping comp :D

    Force squad

    1. Gareth Hardy
    2. Brendan Cannon
    3. AJ Whalley
    4. Rudi Vedelago
    5. Nathan Sharpe ©
    6. Richard Brown
    7. David Pocock
    8. Scott Fava
    9. Matt Henjak
    10. Matt Giteau
    11. Cameron Shepherd
    12. Junior Pelesasa
    13. Ryan Cross
    14. Digby Ioane
    15. Drew Mitchell

    16. Tai McIsaac 17. Angus Scott 18. Luke Doherty 19. Matt Hodgson 20. Chris O’Young 21. Scott Daruda 22. James Hilgendorf

    Big game for Ioane this one. Another blinder this week and surely Mitch would have no choice but to replace Pelesasa with Staniforth when he returns.

    No real complaints with the team selected this week, the only changes i would make is Scott in for Whalley and Hodgson in for Pocock.
  18. match of the round me reckons!..should be some rogh going ons here....eddie and john dont get along do they? hahahha..

    should be good to see the varying tactics..but i reckon this game will come down to the last 20minutes..where the force will just stack up some numbers on pretty tight early on and a force dominant in the last 15-20min..should be a ton o hits tho...
    force should have put on some up n up form from last weeks scrap
  19. Dumbo

    Dumbo Guest

    I'm going the other way Chiro, think it will be over for the Reds in the first 20 mins... have you seen their death toll?

    Still havn't seen the Reds line up and checked things out head to head but looking at the Force squad... like the prophet said... it was over before it began, I wanted to hold ya tit and you just wanted to hold me hand and it was over before it began.
  20. no i havent seen the death toll..but then again..i dont really care

  21. melon

    melon Guest

    Poor Reds! They're missing 11 of their 22 top line players...
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