Force aim to continue winning streak against Reds
The two teams have not met since 2017, but based on the history of results between them, Friday’s encounter at Suncorp Stadium will be closely contested.
The Force want to bounce back after last weekend’s 14-23 loss to the Waratahs, whilst the Reds will be looking for a better performance after their frustrating 18-all draw with the Rebels.
When the WA and Queensland sides clash for the first time in three seasons, the Western Force will be able to draw inspiration from the last visit to Brisbane in May 2017, when the team scored 17 points in the final 17 minutes to seal a convincing 40-26 victory.
Having emerged victorious from the previous three Super Rugby encounters – over the 2016 and 2017 seasons – the Force boast an impressive pedigree against the Queensland rivals, having won seven out of the last 11 meetings since 2012. The Reds have won three with one match drawn.
The Force also have a solid record of victories in Brisbane, having won four of the last five visits (in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2017).
Matches between the two teams over the past few years have been highly competitive, with both teams showing a willingness to play positive, attacking rugby. This is reflected in the try count between them since 2012, with an average of two tries each per game.
The most tries scored by the Force against the Reds in a match was five in their 45 -19 win in Perth in 2012. It was also the most points ever scored by the Force over the Reds as well as their biggest winning margin.
The Reds’ biggest winning margin and most points scored against the Force came in their 35-20 win in Brisbane in 2012. The most tries scored in a match against the Force was four when they won 32-10 in Perth in 2015.
Western Force vs Reds 2012 – 2017
P W L D PF PA TF TA
11 5 6 1 229 256 24 25
26 May 2017: Reds 16 Western Force 40 Reds 26 in Brisbane
2 March 2017: Western Force 26 Reds 19 in Perth
4 March 2016: Western Force 22 Reds 6 in Perth
29 May 2015: Western Force 10 Reds 32 in Perth
21 Feb 2015: Reds 18 Western Force 6 in Brisbane
5 July 2014: Western Force 30 Reds 20 in Perth
5 April 2014: Reds 29 Western Force 32 in Brisbane
4 May 2013: Western Force 11 Reds 11 in Perth
16 March 2013: Reds 12 Western Force 19 in Brisbane
31 March 2012: Western Force 45 Reds 19 in Perth
3 March 2012: Reds 35 Western Force 20 in Brisbane