Western Force dealing with outbreak ahead of Waratahs game
Force coach Tim Sampson, Wallabies enforcer Izack Rodda, and scrumhalf Issak Fines-Leleiwasa are all isolating and will miss the match against NSW after being deemed close contacts.
Given the Force’s hardest part of the fixture lays ahead of them, a win is a must against the Waratahs.
NSW (4-3) moved up to fifth spot following their 38-14 win over Fijian Drua before the bye.
The Waratahs have been bolstered by the return of captain Jake Gordon from a hamstring injury, while Michael Hooper is in the starting side for the first time this season after making an appearance via the bench against the Drua.< /p>
The Force’s poor starts against the Rebels and Brumbies proved costly.
The Brumbies led 20-3 after 17 minutes, while the Rebels opened up a 13-0 lead after 20 minutes before the Force kicked into gear.
Force forward Brynard Stander said there had been a focus on fixing the poor starts.
“It’s obviously been really narrow, the margins,” Stander said.
“It’s important we stay together as a group regardless of the results.
“The Tahs are a quality side. They’ve shown that in the last four or five weeks.
“But we’ve also shown we’re a quality side. Tomorrow night’s difference is going to be who wants it more. I think there’s a lot of fire in our bellies at the moment.”
Stander wants to mark the occasion with a victory.
“Being able to share the field tomorrow night with a club legend Kyle in his 10 0th is going to be cool,” Stander said.
“W e all want to get behind him and hopefully get the best result possible, not just for Kyle, but also the club.”
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