One change for our Battle with the Brumbies

Thu, May 18, 2023, 1:55 AM
by Western Force Media

The Force is back at HBF Park for First Nations Round, battling it out against the ACT Brumbies.

Head coach Simon Cron has made just one change to his starting XV, after Round 12's convincing bonus point win over Fijian Drua.

The Force is going into Saturday's match hungry to make history. The men from the West have won all home games this season, and a win this weekend will equal the club's longest home streak.

Experienced winger Toni Pulu has been called into the finishers, rested after receiving a head knock in the win against the Highlanders at home in Round 9.

Manasa Mataele's eye injury has been cleared of serious damage and he will run out on the wing against the Brumbies. Mataele has scored four tries against the Brumbies, including two in his most recent game against the ACT side in Round 6, 2022.

After a standout match last week, dominating in the set-piece and driving strong carries across the pitch, Folau Fainga'a will be looking to continue this form going into his first match against his former side.

Signing on for an additional two years, Issak Fines-Leleiwasa is named as scrum-half, tested to control the pace of the game against an experienced Brumbies pack.

Ruled off in the second half last Friday, Ryan McCauley has torn his pectoral muscle and will miss the remainder of the '23 season.

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Team list RD13 vs Brumbies

Western Force team list RD13

1 Angus Wagner 2 Folau Fainga’a 3 Tom Robertson 4 Felix Kalapu Jr. 5 Jeremy Williams 6 Michael Wells (C) 7 Carlo Tizzano 8 Rahboni Vosayaco 9 Issak Fines 10 Max Burey 11 Manasa Mataele 12 Hamish Stewart 13 Sam Spink 14 Zach Kibirige 15 Chase Tiatia 16 Tom Horton 17 Marley Pearce 18 Siosifa Amone 19 Tim Anstee 20 Isireli Naisarani 21 Ian Prior 22 George Poolman 23 Toni Pulu