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Force hand chance to Brache

10th April 2014 09:34


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First start: Marcel Brache

Outside centre Marcel Brache will earn his first opportunity in the starting line-up when the Western Force host the Waratahs.

The Force return home on the back of four successive victories looking for an improved performance against a Waratahs line-up that claimed the two sides' opening match of the season, 43-21, in Sydney.

Brache, who has come off the bench in two matches for the Force this season, retains the outside centre role after replacing the injured Solomoni Rasolea - who fractured his wrist - during the Force's 32-29 win over the Queensland Reds last weekend.

Brache's inclusion is the only change to the Western Force starting line-up, while Chris Tuatara-Morrison is in line to make his Super Rugby debut after being named on the Western Australian reserves list.

Western Force head coach Michael Foley says his side is looking forward to the challenge of taking on one of the competition's front-runners.

"We were extremely pleased with the result against the Reds - in particular seeing our whole bench close out the game after an enormous effort from the starting XV," said Foley.

"Having said that, we acknowledge there were some areas of our game that need to be better if we're to get the result this weekend."

Force: 15 Jayden Hayward, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Marcel Brache, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Matt Hodgson (c), 6 Angus Cottrell, 5 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 4 Sam Wykes, 3 Kieran Longbottom, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Tetera Faulkner, 18 Ollie Hoskins, 19 Adam Coleman, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zach Holmes, 23 Chris Tuatara-Morrison

Date: Saturday, April 12
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 17:40 (local, 09:40 GMT)
Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Ian Smith (Australia), Damien Mitchelmore (Australia)

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