Cowan to lead Force in Rebels clash

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by Matt Lewis

Pek Cowan will captain the Western Force after injury has ruled out veteran Matt Hodgson.

Head coach Michael Foley has made four changes to his team to face the Rebels with Chris Alcock returning from a knee injury he suffered in round one to replace Hodgson. In other changes, former Springbok Peter Grant returns at flyhalf while Heath Tessmann and Solomoni (Junior) Rasolea have both been named on the bench.

Foley said it was disappointing to lose their captain but expect his side to left under Cowan.

“‘Hodgo’ is obviously a loss in terms of his play and leadership and while Pek (Cowan) will assume the captaincy, every player understands the need to step up,” he said.

“Pek has been around from day one and with Alby, was asked to lead the team in Matt’s absence in the pre-season.

Foley expects a tight contest at AAMI Park with both teams looking to get their season back on track.

“Clashes with the Rebels are always tight and we expect nothing different this weekend,” he said.

Last week we controlled possession and position for large portions of the game and while I felt we were a little unlucky to not be rewarded, we've remained focused on areas we can control.”


1. Pek Cowan (C)

2. Harry Scoble

3. Guy Millar

4. Ross Haylett-Petty

5. Adam Coleman

6. Brynard Stander

7. Chris Alcock

8. Ben McCalman

9. Alby Mathewson

10 . Peter Grant

11. Luke Morahan

12. Kyle Godwin

13. Ben Tapuai

14 . Marcel Brache

15. Dane Haylett-Petty


16. Heath Tessmann

17. Francois Van Wyk

18. Tetera Faulkner

19. Rory Walton

20. Angus Cottrell

21. Ryan Louwrens

22. Solomoni Rasolea

23. Semisi Masirewa