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After two rounds of matches, the home side are still winless although they picked up losing bonus points in their defeats away to the Crusaders and at home to the Sharks.
Head coach Stephen Larkham and his charges will, however, be quietly confident of securing that elusive win against their rivals from Australia’s west coast as the two-time champions have dominated this fixture in recent years.
The Brumbies have won the last six meetings between these sides with the Force’s last victory registered in 2013, in Perth. All of those six victories, were by more than 12 points.
Brumbies captain Sam Carter has made 35 tackles this season, the most of any player and seven more than the next-best Australian based player, team-mate Josh Mann-Rea (28).
Although the Force have traditionally been amongst the strugglers in the competition, they have started 2017 well and earned a bonus-point in their loss to the Waratahs in their opener before beating the Reds in their second match.
Remarkably, that result means they will be aiming for back-to-back victories in Super Rugby for the first time since May 2014.
Despite being the underdogs, Western Force head coach Dave Wessels said his team has worked hard in the lead up to this game and looks forward to taking on the Brumbies.
“It’s a massive challenge this week,” he said.
“We haven’t beaten the Brumbies since 2013 and we’ve not won back-to-back games since 2014 and although we were very pleased to win our first game at home last week against the Reds, we know we have a lot of improvements to make.
“The Brumbies have been very competitive in their first two games of the year, so we know the challenge that awaits us in Canberra.”
Brumbies: 15 Aidan Toua, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 James Dargaville, 10 Wharenui Hawera, 9 Joe Powell, 8 Jordan Smiler, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Ben Hyne, 5 Sam Carter (c), 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Josh Mann-Rea, 1 Ben Alexander
Replacements: 16 Robbie Abel, 17 Nic Mayhew, 18 Leslie Leulua’iali’i-Makin, 19 Blake Enever, 20 Tom Staniforth, 21 Lolo Fakaosilea, 22 De Wet Roos, 23 Andrew Smith
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Chance Peni, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Billy Meakes, 11 Luke Morahan, 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Richard Hardwick, 7 Kane Koteka, 6 Brynard Stander, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Heath Tessmann (c), 1 Pek Cowan
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Ben Daley, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Onehunga Havili Kaufusi, 20 Isi Naisarani, 21 Michael Ruru, 22 Ian Prior, 23 Robbie Coleman