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NRC Final - Western Force v Canberra Vikings - UWA Sports Park - Saturday, 26 Oct - Noon (WST)

Discussion in 'Rugby Matches' started by ForceFan, Oct 20, 2019.

  1. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Something to talk about this week as it's the only game in town.

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  2. Slim 293 George Gregan (70)

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    Now that the RWC is done.... Sio, Alalatoa and Faingaa for the Vikings?
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  3. chibimatty Jimmy Flynn (14)

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    Looking forward to this next week, especially as none of the RWC quarters went the way I was hoping
  4. Uh huh Ward Prentice (10)

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    Arnold as an injury replacement for Swain would seem fair as well.
  5. SteveWA Allen Oxlade (6)

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    As I understand it, no RWC players are eligible for NRC selections. There were at least two of the Force’s at the game last Saturday - Marcel and Henry.
  6. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Will be interesting to see how this unfolds.

    None of Sio, Alalatoa, Fainga'a nor Arnold were named in the NRC squad for Canberra Vikings.

    Marcel Brache (USA), AJ Alatimu and Henry Taefu (both Samoa) were all named in the initial NRC squad for the Western Force.
  7. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Vikings poised for hot start in final clash
    October 22, 2019

    In a clash between the ladder leaders of the 2019 NRC season, the Canberra Vikings are looking to put themselves in the best position to take out the title decider.

    The 2017 runners-up head into this weekend’s match following a thrilling come-from-behind win over reigning NRC Champions Fijian Drua, with Junior Wallabies playmaker Noah Lolesio’s clutch conversion after the 80th minute sealing a dramatic 28-27 win at Viking Park.

    Vikings flanker Will Miller is assured his team, packed with five capped Wallabies and over 15 Super Rugby contracted players, are well-placed heading into Saturday but are wary of the threat that the home side pose.


    Last week's WF team had 7 players with Super Rugby experience and 2 players with Test experience.
  8. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Composure key to Grand Final success
    October 21, 2019

    Force star Jeremy Thrush is urging his teammates to take a composed approach into this weekend’s NRC Grand Final against Canberra Vikings.

    ...The Force is looking to stay dominant and clinical throughout this Saturday’s game.

  9. Uh huh Ward Prentice (10)

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    I don't think there's any disputing that the Force is a better organised, better coached side. While the Vikings have a few spectacular performers, they've been let down by team cohesion, particularly at the set piece. If McInerney and Swain are back, it will go a long way to redressing some of the issues they had against the Drua. If not, I expect the Force to win reasonably comfortably.
  10. Brumby Jack Steve Williams (59)

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    No Pulu for the Vikings after tweaking a hamstring at training. Rob Valetini also missing with an ankle issue.

    1. Bo ABRA
    2. Lachlan LONERGAN
    3. Angus WAGNER
    4. Blake ENEVER (c)
    5. Nick FROST
    6. Pete SAMU
    7. Will MILLER
    8. Angus ALLEN
    9. Ryan LONERGAN
    10. Noah LOLESIO
    11. Mack HANSEN
    12. Irae SIMONE
    13. Len IKITAU
    14. Tom WRIGHT
    15. Tom BANKS


    16. TP LUTERU
    17. Fred KAIHEA
    18. Tom ROSS
    19. Will SANKEY
    20. Luke GERSEKOWSKI
    21. Joe POWELL
    22. Bayley KUENZLE
    23. Lincoln SMITH
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  11. Uh huh Ward Prentice (10)

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    No Swain, McInerney, Valetini or Pulu. I foresee the Vikings getting reamed in the set piece and not having the strength at the breakdown, tackle busting or finishing to make up for it.

    This honestly should be a fairly comfortable win for the Force.
  12. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    The game's getting some good promotion in the West.

  13. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Well I'll be there. Looking forward to the back row battle in particular.
  14. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Good team for the Final.
    Pleasing to see Stander in the starting XV.
    Liking the consistency in selection.

  15. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    ‘Bull’ unleashed for Grand Final

    October 24, 2019

    Explosive backrower Brynard Stander will make a return to the starting XV as the Western Force’s only change for Saturday’s NRC Grand Final against the Canberra Vikings.

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  16. Brumby Runner John Eales (66)

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    Harrison Lloyd and Angus Wagner going, literally, head to head is one of the tantalising battles to look forward to. Both will be in the opposite team next year.

    Other great tussles will be Henry Stowers against Pete Samu, and Issak Fines against Lachlan Lonergan as both will be vying for the bench No 9 spot at the Brumbies next year.

    Think it will be closer than their previous meeting, but with the injury toll at the Vikings, Force to win by less than one converted try.
  17. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Well said Jack.

  18. ForceFan Colin Windon (37)

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    Some memories from the last NRC GF win (2016).

  19. RugbyReg George Smith (75)

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    this is incredible by Twiggy and his crew:

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  20. The_Brown_Hornet Michael Lynagh (62)

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    Say what we will about Twiggy, he puts his money where his mouth is.

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