Lance to start at 10 for Force

Date published: June 30 2016

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The Western Force have announced their side to face the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday with Jono Lance to start at fly-half in his return from injury.
 
Lance returns to the fold following a 14-week stint on the sidelines after tearing his pectoral muscle against the Brumbies in Perth back in Round Three and after showing great commitment to his rehabilitation will return at full fitness slightly ahead of schedule.
 
In further changes to the side that ran out against the Rebels before the international break, Tetera Faulkner will start at tighthead, Angus Cottrell replaces the injured Ben McCalman in the number eight jersey, Ian Prior steps in at scrum-half while Junior Rasolea will run on at outside centre.
 
Interim Head Coach Dave Wessels said the team is looking forward to challenge the Cheetahs pose on Saturday night as the team strives to attack the last three weeks of the season.
 
“We’ve got 240 minutes left in the season," he told the Force's official website.

"We know that we’ve been really close to an outcome in our last few games and we’ve trained hard in this Test window to get the reward we want for all the months of hard work we’ve put in.”
 
In the front row, Pek Cowan will again captain the side, hooker Harry Scoble has been named to earn his sixth Asteron Life Super Rugby cap with Tetera Faulkner to pack down at tighthead.
 
After making his Wallabies debut last weekend Adam Coleman will aim to carry his strong form back to Super Rugby when links up with Ross Haylett-Petty in the second row.
 
Rounding out the starting pack, Brynard Stander and Chris Alcock will start at blindside and openside flanker respectively with Angus Cottrell at No.8.
 
In the halves Prior will look to provide quality service and facilitate the Force attack when he links up with Lance for just the second time this season. Wessels said he’s looking forward to seeing Lance back in the fold after an extended period of time on the sideline.
 
“Jono deserves a lot of credit for all the hard work he’s put in to get himself in such good physical shape after a long layoff," he added.

"Both he and Peter (Grant) have trained extremely well over the last few weeks.”
 
In midfield Kyle Godwin fills the  number 12 jersey while Rasolea has been elevated to the starting XV at outside centre.
 
The back three remains unchanged from the club’s last outing with Luke Morahan and Marcel Brache named on the wings while Dane Haylett-Petty will be keen to continue his brilliant form after starring for the Wallabies in the Test series with England.
 
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Junior Rasolea, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Marcel Brache, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ian Prior, 8 Angus Cottrell, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Pek Cowan (c)
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Guy Millar, 19 Rory Walton, 20 Richard Hardwick, 21 Ryan Louwrens, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Semisi Masirewa

Date: Saturday, July 2
Venue: Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 15:00 local (13:00 GMT)
Referee: Kubo Shuhei (Japan)
Assistant Referees: AJ Jacobs (South Africa), Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa)
TMO: Willie Vos (South Africa)

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