Force unleash Rhino in crucial clash
Force unleash Rhino in crucial clash

Western Force coach Michael Foley has made two changes for the crucial clash with the Brumbies in Canberra on Friday night.

A win will see the Force make a maiden Super Rugby finals appearance.

Foley will unleash back-rower Brynard "Rhino" Stander for just his second start of the season, replacing the suspended Hugh McMeniman on the blindside flank.

In the backline Junior Rasolea returns to outside centre, where he started the first six matches of the season before breaking his wrist. He will team up with Chris Tuatara-Morrison in the midfield.

Flanker Chris Alcock will make his first appearance since shoulder surgery after the home game against the Brumbies in March and scrum-half Alby Mathewson is also on the bench.

Fly-half Sias Ebersohn will have a late fitness test after injuring his bicep two weeks ago. He has been pencilled in with Dillyn Leds.

Inside back Luke Burton is back in the squad after representing the Australian Under 20 side at the recent IRB Junior World Championship in New Zealand.

Foley said his side was determined to build on last week’s win against Queensland.

“The simple equation is: we win and we’re in control of our own destiny” Foley said.

“The Brumbies are a well drilled side that have done well over the last couple of seasons. While we have an understanding of how we want to play, minimising distractions and focusing our energy on the attitude we want to play with, has been significant this season in achieving outcomes we’ve chased.”

Force starting side: Pek Cowan, Nathan Charles, Kieran Longbottom, Sam Wykes, Wilhelm Steenkamp, Brynard Stander, Matt Hodgson (capt), Ben McCalman, Ian Prior, Zack Holmes, Nick Cummins, Chris Tuatara-Morrison, Solomoni Rasolea, Dane Haylett-Petty, Jayden Hayward. Reserves: Heath Tessmann, Tetera Faulkner, Oliver Hoskins, Adam Coleman, Chris Alcock, Alby Mathewson, Luke Burton, Dillyn Leyds/Sias Ebersohn

The West Australian

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