The Western Force have made for changes to their starting line-up for Saturday’s clash with the Stormers in Perth.
Ben Tapuai returns to the run-on side at outside centre, while local product Richard Hardwick has been named for his first start, on the blindside flank.
In the other changes to the matchday 23, Guy Millar comes into the starting line-up at tighthead prop for Tetera Faulkner, who suffered an achilles tendon injury against the Cheetahs last week, Ryan Louwrens gets the nod at starting scrum-half and Jermaine Ainsley comes onto the bench.
Interim head coach Dave Wessels said the team is determined to put their best foot forward for the club’s final home game of the season.
“As a team we are really focused on putting everything into these last 160-minutes of the season,” he said.
“We were disappointed not to win in Bloemfontein but felt – particularly in the second half – that we played some good attacking rugby.”
Luke Morahan will captain the side after Pek Cowan and Dane Haylett-Petty were deemed to have breached the club’s leadership standards while on tour in South Africa.
Up front, Cowan will start at loosehead prop with Harry Scoble named at hooker and Millar to make his sixth start of the season at tighthead.
In the second row, Ross Haylett-Petty and Rory Walton will look to build on their strong performances from last week with the battle up front sure to be key to the final result against a powerful Stormers pack.
In the only change to the back row, Hardwick is set to start in the first start of his young career with openside Chris Alcock and number eight Angus Cottrell rounding out the starting forward pack.
In the halves, Louwrens will look to spark the attack by providing quick ball to fly-half Jono Lance who returns to the ‘Force Field’ for the first time since Round Three.
In the midfield, inside centre Kyle Godwin was in fine form last week and will be keen to roll that form into Saturday night’s clash when he links up with Ben Tapuai in the number 13 jersey.
The ever consistent back three of Morahan, Marcel Brache and Dane Haylett-Petty complete the starting XV.
Coming off the bench, Brynard Stander, Ian Prior and Peter Grant aim to make their presence felt when called upon while fleet footed winger Semisi Masirewa completes the match day 23.
Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Marcel Brache, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Kyle Godwin, 11 Luke Morahan (c), 10 Jono Lance, 9 Ryan Louwrens, 8 Angus Cottrell, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Richard Hardwick, 5 Rory Walton, 4 Ross Haylett-Petty, 3 Guy Millar, 2 Harry Scoble, 1 Pek Cowan
Replacements: 16 Anaru Rangi, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Jermaine Ainsley, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Brynard Stander, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Semisi Masirewa
Date: Saturday, July 9
Venue: nib Stadium, Perth
Kick-off: 19:45 local (11:45 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referes: Graham Cooper, Michael Hogan
TMO: Peter Marshall