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Key players out for the Tahs

This weekend is looking like a tough week for the Australian Super Rugby teams.

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nib Stadium, Perth, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)
Last meeting:
Round 6 2011 - Stormers 51 bt Force 16 at Newlands Rugby Stadium
Head-to-head:
Played 6 Force 2 Stormers 4
In Perth: Played 3 Force 1 Stormers 2
Referee: Jaco Peyper (RSA)
TV:
Live, FoxSports 3
TAB Sportsbet:
Force $2.65 Stormers $1.45

Greg Growden writes: This is the big test for WA player power. After Force coach Richard Graham said he was going to the Reds next season, the players said they didn't want him around. Teams always fire up after coaches are moved on, but they still lack the attacking quality to upset the Stormers.

AAP writes: The Force gained four invaluable competition points from their bye week, but the franchise is still in a state of shock following the swift departure of coach Richard Graham. Reds-bound Graham wanted to see out the season in Perth as head coach, but player power forced him out the door last week. Former league star Phil Blake heads the Force's interim five-man coaching panel, and they face a tough task to conjure a victory over a powerful Stormers outfit. The return of Fijian winger Napolioni Nalaga helps but serious injuries to lock Sam Wykes, prop Kieran Longbottom and fullback Cameron Shepherd has left the team light on for talent.

FORCE: Alfie Mafi, Rory Sidey, Nick Cummins, Winston Stanley, Napolioni Nalaga, David Harvey, Brett Sheehan, Ben Mccalman, David Pocock (capt), Matt Hodgson, Nathan Sharpe, Toby Lynn, Salesi Ma’afu, Nathan Charles, Pek Cowan. Reserves: Elvis Taione, Salesi Manu, Phoenix Battye, Richard Brown, Josh Holmes, Ben Seymour, Samu Wara.

STORMERS: Joe Pietersen, Gerhard van den Heever, Bryan Habana, Juan de Jongh, Danie Poolman, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenage, Nizaam Carr, Rynhardt Elstadt, Siya Kolisi, Andries Bekker (c), De Kock Steenkamp, Frans Malherbe, Tiaan Liebenberg, Steven Kitshoff. Reserves: Scarra Ntubeni, Brok Harris, Don Armand, Deon Fourie, Louis Schreuder, Burton Francis, JP du Plessis.

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Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
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IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
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TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
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WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
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SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
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ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
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ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
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