Its still early days in Super Rugby for 2014, but this week’s game may make or break the Western Force.
Going 1-3 or 2-2 can define a team as one with a glimmer of hope for the finals, or a team on a direct path the bottom of their conference.
The Force look hot coming off a huge scoring outburst and a shock win against the Rebels. They couldn't be stopped on offence in the first half, scoring two tries within the first ten minutes, followed by another two first half tries. The Force's defence was also hitting hard, forcing the Rebels into making a number of errors. The Force remain at the bottom of their conference, and will be looking to dig themselves out of the dirt this round.
However, this week they will be facing a good looking Highlanders kit, a team who's hopes are high after a strong win against a dangerous Blues team. Their defence was almost impecable with 178 tackles, however they did miss 28 tackes, something that the Force should be able to capitalise on if they play anything like they did in the first half of Saturday. Their first half performance on offence, much like the Force's, had effectively won them the game by the end of the 40th minute.
This is a game not to be missed, being played this Saturday night at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. (2:35 Western Australian Standard Time).
What is your prediction for this weeks game?
Can the Force put together a longer offensive performance, and not limit their scoring to one half?
Will they continue to dwell around the bottom of the conference standings?
Written by Western Force Page Editor Luke Worthington - @lwtrey5