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Western Force vs Hurricanes Predictions & Tips - Canes to struggle in Perth

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  • Predictions for Western Force vs Hurricanes in Super Rugby on Friday
  • Canes have won 8 of their 9 games against the Force
  • Can the Force cause the first shock of the season?
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Force vs Hurricanes 2023
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The Hurricanes are obvious favourites for this match, but last season the Force took them to the wire away from home. Generally, the Force are pretty good at home, so I am backing them to get inside 10 points, with an upset result not out of the question.
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  • Force Form
  • Force Injuries & Team News
  • Hurricanes Form
  • Hurricanes Injuries & Team News

  • Western Force won their last home match against the Hurricanes.
  • Western Force have won or lost by less than 10 points in their last 2 matches against the Hurricanes.
  • Hurricanes have won 8 of their last 9 matches against the Western Force.

Head to Head


The Hurricanes have won eight of their nine matches against the Western Force. Last season saw the Force produce a superb display in Wellington as they went down 45-42. In 2022, the Force beat the Canes for the first time ever.

Force Form


The Western Force finished 10th on the Super Rugby table last season, winning five games whilst losing nine. They ended on 22 points, just two off the final playoff spot.

While the Force have never really been expected to challenge for the title, they will be hopeful of a playoff spot this season. Their away from will have to improve while getting results on home soil against New Zealand opposition will be a massive bonus.

Force Injuries & Team News


The Force will be reliant on some young players this season along with the bit of experience they have in Nic White. It could be a breakthrough season for a few players given the situation with the national side.

Hurricanes Form


The Hurricanes did not have their best season in 2023 as they struggled to find any sort of consistency. They finished fifth on the table and fourth of the New Zealand sides.

With nine wins and five defeats, they will be looking for a vast improvement this year. Last season they suffered a 37-33 away defeat to the Brumbies in the quarter-final.

Hurricanes Injuries & Team News


The Canes have a strong squad and should be competing near the top again. TJ Perenara will be looking for a big season to seal his place in the All Black side while Jordie Barrett and Tyrel Lomax will provide plenty of quality up front.

Verdict

I am backing the Western Force to get within 10 points and perhaps cause an upset at home.

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