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James O'Connor scored all of the Force's points in their last match

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Article Published: Thursday 26 April 2012|

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The last time the Stormers played the Force was in Cape Town in March last year and the match was a blow out as Stormers won the match 16-51.

In that match last year James O'Connor scored all of the Force's points through a try, three penalties and a conversion.

The Stormers and Force have played each other six times and the Force have won twice and lost four matches.

On average when the Force play the Stormers they score 20 points and the Stormers score 25 points.

In Perth when the Force are at home they score on average 19 points and the Stormers score 24 points which is unusual as the Force score less points on average less points at home.

The Force and the Stormers have played each other three times in Perth and the Force have won once and lost twice.

The Stormers will be looking to return with three wins from an Australasian Super Rugby tour. They have only won three matches on tour twice before - in 2009 and 2011.

The Force are in an interesting situation as they released their coach Richard Graham last week after he announced that he will be joining the Reds from next season.

Force defence coach Phil Blake, 'A' team coach Andrew Scotney and forwards coach Nick Stiles now form a coaching panel for the remainder of the season, while senior Wallabies David Pocock and Nathan Sharpe will also help with the coaching.

When coaches leave like this usually the match immediately after the match the players play their hearts out or they completely lose track. One never knows will happen in situations like this.

The Stormers are at the end of their tour and have been hit hard by injuries. They will however want to finish this on a high and they have the ideal situation as they have a bye next week so they can throw everything at it this week.

The Bookies have given the Force an 8 point start for this match - with an offer of Bet 5 and Get 50 in Bets. The Stormers will more than likely throw everything at the Force in this match and worry about the injuries next week. The Stormers should win by 14.

This match will be shown on TV in NZ, Aus, SA and in the UK on the Sky Sports 1/HD channel.

Average score: 20-25

Last five results
26 Mar 2011 Force v Stormers 16-51 Cape Town
02 Apr 2010 Force v Stormers 16-15 Perth
09 May 2009 Force v Stormers 24-25 Cape Town
28 Mar 2008 Force v Stormers 16-32 Perth
09 Feb 2007 Force v Stormers 22-3 Cape Town

Force overall record against the Stormers
Played 6 , Wins 2 , Losses 4 , Draws 0

Match No .64: Force v Stormers
Date Saturday 28 April
Venue : Perth
Kick Off local: 17:40
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1:James Leckie
Assistant Ref 2:Damien Mitchelmore
TMO: Steve Leszczynski

Teams

Western Force

1. Pek Cowan,2. Nathan Charles,3. Salesi Ma’afu,4. Toby Lynn,5. Nathan Sharpe,6. Matt Hodgson,7. David Pocock (Captain),8. Ben McCalman,9. Brett Sheehan,10. David Harvey,11. Napolioni Nalaga,12. Winston Stanley,13. Nick Cummins,14. Rory Sidey,15. Alfie Mafi

Reserves:16. Elvis Taione,17. Salesi Manu,18. Phoenix Battye,19. Richard Brown,20. Josh Holmes,21. Ben Seymour,22. Samu Wara

Stormers

15. Joe Pietersen ,14. Gerhard van den Heever ,13. Bryan Habana,12. Juan de Jongh ,11. Danie Poolman,10. Peter Grant (VC),9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Nizaam Carr ,7. Rynhardt Elstadt,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker (C) ,4. De Kock Steenkamp ,3. Frans Malherbe ,2. Tiaan Liebenberg,1. Steven Kitshoff

Reserves: 16. Scarra Ntubeni,17. Brok Harris,18. Don Armand,19. Deon Fourie ,20. Louis Schreuder,21. Burton Francis,22. JP du Plessis

 
 
 
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