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The Super Rugby Pacific third round will see Western Force play their first home game of the season when they host Queensland Reds at HBF Park, Perth on Friday March 4, with a late kick-off at 10:00 p.m. AEDT or 7:00 p.m. local in you’re in Western Australia.
Jet lag and a later kick-off mean fans on Australia’s east coast can enjoy a packed night of rugby with three matches to enjoy.
The Force will be hoping to record back-to-back wins against the Reds after winning a nail biter in Round 10 of the AU Super Rugby in 2021. The home side have been to make Perth a true stronghold against the Queensland side, having only lost to them once in their last six encounters at HBF Park.
The Reds will come to Perth fully fit. After winning Super Rugby AU last year, they have won their first two Super Rugby Pacific matches. After comfortably beating the Rebels in Brisbane in the first round, they then found a way past the Waratahs in a brutal State of Origin clash in the pouring rain last weekend.
The Reds’ number eight – Harry Wilson – has had a great start to the season with the most runs of any player in the competition and the second most yards won. His powerful runs down the loose and solidity at the back of the scrum helped the Reds cross the winning line time and time again and gave Tate McDermott the time and space to unleash his talented fullbacks.
With Western Australia’s strict border rules and reluctance to open up the state at the same pace as the rest of the country, Western Force have faced great uncertainty about when they will be able to return home and play. any game. at the HBF park. After spending a lot of time planning and negotiating with authorities in Western Australia, the Force is delighted to be able to return home.
“This is a huge moment for our loyal members who have patiently waited for this news,” CEO Tony Lewis said recently.
Even though HBF Park is sold out on Friday night, the atmosphere should be something special and the Force will definitely want to lift for their local fans.
The Reds have quite a tough road trip ahead of them this weekend!
How to watch the Force v Reds rugby game
Stan Sport broadcasts all matches of the Super Rugby Pacific season. You’ll need a subscription to access the game, but Stan is currently offering a seven-day free trial to customers.