PREVIEW: Force v Hurricanes
Friday, June 2, 2017 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
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Fullback Dane Haylett-Petty will make a welcome return for the home team in Perth on Saturday, his first appearance since Round Nine, and will mark his 50th game for the club in Super Rugby. He is the only change to the team which beat the Reds last weekend. In the substitutes Marcel Brache has taken a place on the bench. Coach Dave Wessels has set the side a challenge to back-up a winning performance, especially after not performing well in their last home game, against the Highlanders.
Mobility shapes as a key feature of the Hurricanes team named for Perth with locks Sam Lousi and Vaea Fifita both handy with the ball in hand and if the Hurricanes are able to secure plenty of second and third phase ball this pair, and the loose forward combination of Reed Prinsep, Callum Gibbins and Brad Shields could be a handful for the home side. When that is thrown into the mix with the potent attacking backline it is shaping as another tough night for the home defences. Midfield players Ngani Laumape and Vince Aso have been cutting a swathe through recent opponents and it is difficult to see that not continuing. Interest will also centre on how first five-eighths Beauden Barrett bounces back from his mystery headaches.
Force: 1.Francois van Wyk, 2.Heath Tessmann, 3.Jermaine Ainsley, 4.Matt Philip, 5.Adam Coleman, 6.Ross Haylett-Petty, 7.Matt Hodgson (captain), 8.Isi Naisarani, 9.Michael Ruru, 10.Peter Grant, 11.Alex Newsome, 12.Bill Meakes, 13.Curtis Rona, 14.James Verity-Amm, 15.Dane Haylett-Petty.
Substitutes: 16.Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17.Pek Cowan, 18.Tetera Faulkner, 19.Richie Arnold, 20.Richard Hardwick, 21.Mitchell Short, 22.Luke Burton, 23.Marcel Brache.
Hurricanes: 1.Loni Uhila, 2.Ricky Riccitelli, 3.Ben May, 4.Sam Lousi, 5.Vaea Fifita, 6.Reed Prinsep, 7.Callum Gibbins, 8.Brad Shields, 9.TJ Perenara (captain), 10.Beauden Barrett, 11.Ben Lam, 12.Ngani Laumape, 13.Vince Aso, 14.Cory Jane, 15.Jordie Barrett.
Substitutes: 16.Leni Apisai, 17.Chris Eves, 18.Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 19.Mark Abbott, 20.Ardie Savea, 21.Te Toiro Tahuriorangi, 22.Otere Black, 23.Nehe Milner-Skudder.
Great to have @Nmilnerskudder back in the match day 23 for our match against the @westernforce in Perth https://t.co/vkwXPhG5vj #FORvHUR pic.twitter.com/EOlj793IpB— Hurricanes Rugby (@Hurricanesrugby) June 1, 2017
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