FORCE NAMED FOR 10TH ANNIVERSARY CLASH WITH CHEETAHS

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Fullback Dane Haylett-Petty will return to the Western Force starting line-up for the club’s 10th season anniversary match against the Cheetahs at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) on Saturday night.

The Force entered the Asteron Life Super Rugby competition with the Cheetahs in 2006, with the Western Australian club recording its first tournament victory against the Bloemfontein-based side in Kimberly that same year.

Haylett-Petty, who returned from a six-week foot injury off the bench against the Sharks a fortnight ago, will start in the ‘15’ jersey with Luke Morahan to start on the wing.

On the bench, Chris Alcock returns to the Force’s match day 23 while Marcel Brache will provide coverage for the outside backs.

Saturday’s match is an opportunity for the club to acknowledge the members, supporters, players and staff that have contributed to the first decade of the Western Force.

Head Coach Michael Foley says the match is an important occasion for both the team and club.

“We’re excited about returning home and starting the second half of our season,” he said. “Having six of our final nine matches at home provides an opportunity to display the character of the team as we strive to move our game up a level.

“While aspects of our performances against the Sharks and Bulls were pleasing, we know combining passages of good play into wins comes down to our attitude to retain and recycle quick ball at the breakdown and physicality in defence.

“Dane has been very determined as he’s rehabbed from the injury in the first game and it will be good to see the intensity Chris brings to the team off the bench.

“Saturday is an opportunity for the club to acknowledge those who have supported the Force over the past 10 years, and to recognise their role in providing us with the opportunities we now have.”

As part of the match, the Western Force will give one lucky spectator the opportunity to win a brand new Ford Territory in the half time ‘Kick for a Car’, with thanks to Titan Ford. For more information on activations at the match, click here.

Tickets are available for the Western Force’s next home match against the Cheetahs at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium) on Saturday, 11 April. Tickets are available from ticketmaster.com.au.

2015 Asteron Life Super Rugby – Week Nine
Western Force v Cheetahs
The ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium), Perth
Saturday, 11 April 2015
Kick-off: 7.45pm

1. Pekahou Cowan
2. Nathan Charles
3. Tetera Faulkner
4. Sam Wykes (c)
5. Adam Coleman
6. Steve Mafi
7. Kane Koteka
8. Ben McCalman
9. Alby Mathewson
10. Sias Ebersohn
11. Nick Cummins
12. Luke Burton
13. Kyle Godwin
14. Luke Morahan
15. Dane Haylett-Petty

Reserves
16. Heath Tessmann
17. Chris Heiberg
18. Oliver Hoskins
19. Angus Cottrell
20. Chris Alcock
21. Ian Prior
22. Zack Holmes
23. Marcel Brache

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