Crusaders openside flanker Matt Todd says that he regrets not having the chance to test himself against current Wallabies and Force captain David Pocock when the teams meet this weekend.
Pocock will miss the Force's match against the Crusaders Christchurch on Saturday due to injury and No.8 Kieran Read has been ruled out of the match so Todd comes in to the Crusaders starting line up and he will miss the chance to face Pocock.
Todd might have been on the bench this week but he has been bumped up to the starting line up following Read's rib injury.
Todd's inclusion means that Crusaders captain Richie McCaw moves from No.7 to No.8 in a match that could earn the Crusaders a home play off next weekend.
"Whenever you get an opportunity to come up against one of the top two flankers in the world it is always good to test yourself against him so it's disappointing he [Pocock] is out, but they've got quite a few good loose forwards so still we be a challenge for us at the breakdown, in the loose, and right across the board really," Todd told Sportal after a Crusaders training session on Thursday.
Todd remembers that the Crusaders left it late in Perth to beat the Force 30-42 in last year' tournament
"We were down with 10 to 15 minutes to go and they scored some good long-range tries off our mistakes. It was one of those games where we felt we were going quite good and you look at the scoreboard and see you are behind."
Even though the Force are near the bottom of the Super Rugby standings Todd says they are a dangerous team.
"They're definitely a dangerous team who can score out of nothing. "
"If you let them in the game you will be in for a hard day so we have to focus on what we're going to do and not give them any chances."
Todd made his debut for the Crusaders last year and has gone on to play in 31 of the 33 matches played in his Super Rugby career and said that their victory last week over the Chiefs had installed confidence.
"That was definitely a performance we needed at this time of the year, but it doesn't mean it is going to happen again this week.
"We know we have to start again and bring the same attitude."
"If we lose last week was all for nothing so basically we must win and if we do we know we're back at home next week."