The Western Force's hopes of making it to the finals hit a road block last Saturday night after a crushing loss to the Blues.
The West Australian side had set their sights on winning the last three games of the season and securing a finals birth in a wild card position. After their defeat they will have to focus on winning the next two games against the Reds and the Brumbies.
The Reds will be looking for one last victory before the end of the Super Rugby season after their 36-20 victory over the Melbourne Rebels. If they are able to defeat the Force they will avoid receiving the Australian conference wooden spoon, something that would be a shame after winning the competition only three years ago.
The Reds future does look bright after this season however, and they will look to have a big off season to make up for their lack of production this year. However, at the moment this is not relevant to the Force who are only looking to defeat the current side that will be put to them this Saturday.
Michael Foley and his squad will really need to set out to score a bonus point try this Saturday to put them in a favorable position.
The Brumbies were a power house at the start of the season, but their recent loss to the Waratahs has shown some issues. They were simply unable to get anything going against the Waratahs and allowed the New South Wales side to score a bonus point try.
Injuries have started to become the story of their season, and they will have to play their third string hooker Josh Mann-Rea this weekend against the Force. The Force should look to capitalise on this especially on set pieces such as the lineout which will be lead by Wallaby hooker Nathan Charles who played a fantastic game last week.
WHERE THE FORCE STAND
The Force are sitting on 36 points, which is four points behind the sixth placed Brumbies. To secure a comfortable position in the finals they will need to score a bonus point try against either of the two teams. if they are unable to put up the extra point they could be overtaken by the Blues or the Chiefs who are also sitting on 36 points.
Will the Force make it?
Will they put a bonus point try on the Reds?