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Force v Lions

nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 9.40pm(AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 5 2011 - Force 27 bt Lions 15 at Ellis Park
Played 6 Force 4 Lions 1 drawn 1
In Perth:
Played 2 Force 1 Lions 1
Garratt Williamson (NZL)
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Force $1.40 Lions $2.80

Greg Growden writes: This game will really bring the crowds back. The Force have lost their way and the Lions don't know how to win. Might as well call the game off, give each team two points and all head to Rottnest Island for some quokka watching.

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AAP writes: When John Mitchell left the Force two years ago, the franchise was struggling badly on the field. Fast-forward to the current day and little has changed, with the Force netting just two wins from 12 games this season to sit third from the bottom. The last-placed Lions, under the tutelage of Mitchell, are faring even worse with just one win from 11 games, meaning this clash could well decide the wooden spoon. The Force were left heartbroken by last week's one-point loss to the Rebels, and are desperate to make amends this week in front of their long-suffering fans.

FORCE: Alfie Mafi, Nick Cummins, Will Tupou, Rory Sidey, Napolioni Nalaga, Ben Seymour, Brett Sheehan, Ben McCalman, David Pocock (c), Matt Hodgson, Nathan Sharpe, Toby Lynn, Salesi Ma'afu, Nathan Charles, Pek Cowan. Reserves: Elvis Taione, Salesi Manu, Phoenix Battye, Richard Brown, Lachlan McCaffrey, Josh Holmes, David Harvey.

LIONS: Andries Coetzee, Deon van Rensburg, Lionel Mapoe, Jaco Taute, Michael Killian, Elton Jantjies, Tian Meyer, Joshua Strauss (c), Grant Hattingh, Derick Minnie, Ruan Botha, Franco van der Merwe, Pat Cilliers, Callie Visagie, CJ van der Linde. Reserves: Martin Bezuidenhout, JC Janse van Rensburg, Cobus Grobbelaar, Jaco Kriel, Ross Cronje, Ruan Combrinck, James Kamana.