It takes place this Friday 26th May, 2017
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane at 19:45.
The Force have rolled into town fresh after knocking off the defending champions in Sydney to play the Red’s team smarting after being given a lesson by the Brumbies.
There are chances of rain and severe weather conditions in Brisbane and a decision will be made soon whether the match will continue or not.
This time we saw another shocking game for the Red’s.
They had given 7 players the debut chance. 1 of those players is ex-Kangaroo Mungo with a season of Union in France but yet they lacked in all departments.
There was no commitment, giving away endless penalties, lacking referee management & extremely poor tactics. The Ex-All Black Adam Thompson must be thinking that he should have asked for more cash.
The other side is a tough Force outfit who are very fresh after beating the Waratah’s in their own field last week. The Force looked determined, and were in no mood for any nonsense.
They will surely pose tough questions for the other team in Super Rugby.
How it goes:
The Force come to Suncorp feeling high on confident as they start the season with 2 wins in 2 games. They denied the Waratahs from getting into their stride & like the team does, break down & get a reasonable platform from set piece. The lead player seems to be Alby Mathewson. With his crisp passing & sniping runs along with a hard direct runners who get over the gain line, & sets a target for that tough pack to run at. It is simple yet effective & lovely to watch.
Tough question- what plans do Red’s team have?
It is tough to expect much from them after last week. There are down big time. In the pre-season they looked okay, so a win here can silence a few critics.
Surely the Red’s fans will be looking for the team to make amends, stick to the basics, show commitment to initiate tackles and take the game. There surely must be some intensity for this game.
- Karmichael Hunt has been dropped after it came up that he might be the subject of an on-going Queensland Police investigation into cocaine.
- Duncan Paia’aua also has been ruled out following a head knock in previous week’s match so Sam Johnson takes his place as a utility on the bench.
- Making a Red’s debut is Adam Thomson at blindside flanker causing Curtis.
- Browning might be moved to the bench. Further, Tom Murday replaces Ed O’Donoghue at lock for a debut at the old age of 26.
- For Forces, Francois Van Wyk comes in for Pek Cowan, no other changes. In the backline, Zack Holmes will come in for Dane Haylett-Petty at fullback.
- On the pine, Chris Heiberg, Mitchell Scott & Luke Burton come in for make things complete, otherwise it is the same as last week.
Key Match Ups:
How James O’Conner will play at fly half comparing him to Sias Ehbersohn will be something to watch. The Red’s seemed quite rudderless against the Brumbies blitz defence & how Rabbits moves the team around the field will be a key moment. He has fast feet & lots of skills but many say he is a wing. Here is the opportunity to prove them wrong.
Adam Thomson will face a test by the excellent Ben McCalman at the breakdown. In addition to providing something for this match, the red kiwi can show his smartness.
We expect the Force to play for each other in a way that the Reds don’t & they have a game plan that perfectly suits them. I don’t see the Reds repeat the last week performance but I think the Force will get there by under 5.
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