If you're a fan of the NBA or even the NBL you may have heard of the following term 'Offence wins games. Defence wins championships,' or even 'offence comes and goes, but defence travels on the road.'
You might not even be an NBA fan and you have noticed that just through a competant understanding of sports and the workings of a team.
Now, I bet you are wondering "how does this relate to the Western Force?"
Well, the Western Force's previous wins have completely been dominated by the defensive side of their game. In the win against the Rebels they gave up one try in the last minute of the game. In the Highlanders game their defence playing under pressure was what ultimately gave them the win in the end, as they were able to prevent the Highlanders from scoring in a clutch situation, hence giving them the game. Last but not least, their most noteable defensive effort was against the Chiefs. They did not give up a try the entire game, only allowing a few penalty kicks to be converted.
The Force's offence has also been strong, however it hasn't always held up as well as the defence. They have not consistantly been able to score mass amounts of un-answered points and their kicking form comes and goes.
Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Force will win a championship. I'm not even suggesting they will come close. However, if this defensive form travels with them throughout the three nations they play in then their previous reputations as 'easy-beats' will turn into 'oh crap we actually need to prepare to play against these guys now...'
The old basketball term may be right in this situation, but more like 'defence will bring a team from nothing to something in a short period of time.'
If I were the Reds coaching staff I would be scared of this team they will be playing in two weeks. People believe the Force will not be able to continue this form and I'm sure many Reds fans are licking their lips at this thought. But watch out. If you aren't careful this hot defence will hold you down to no tries. They have done it to the best team in the conference. Who says they can't do it to anyone else.
Written by Luke Worthington - Western Force Page Editor - @lwtrey5