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Force captain Hodgson’s season looks to be over


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Western Force Matt Hodgson’s Super Rugby season looks to be over after he dislocated his shoulder in his team’s loss to the Blues.

Hodgson scored the Force’s only try in their 13-17 loss to the Blues but had to leave the field with his arm in a make-shift sling.

The Force captain has an option to extend his playing contract for next season but he has yet to confirm whether he is staying in Perth which means he could have played his last game for the Western Australian side.

The injury is a blow for the Force as they already have Peter Grant, Jono Lance, Chris Alcock and Nathan Charles on the sidelines.

Force coach Michael Foley says that he is confident some of the other senior players will step up in Hodgson’s absence.

“Hodgo’s got a dislocated shoulder and at this point in time he’ll get a scan, but there’s a reasonable chance he won’t play again this year,” Foley told AAP.

“That’s a real kick in the guts for us but there’s an opportunity there for other guys who have been leaders in the team for a long period of time to step up and fill those pretty big shoes.

“Without a doubt our players will want to deliver for Matt in the last games of the season next week in Melbourne, and the final three in Bloemfontein, at home and then across in Canberra.”

One of the more senior players who could stand up is half back Alby Mathewson who is interested in stepping up for the team’s final four matches.

“It’s a big void to fill with Hodgo not there, but we’ve got a good core leadership around him with guys like Dane (Haylett-Petty) who have stepped up with leadership as well as his outstanding play on the field,” Mathewson said.

“There’s also Adam Coleman and Pek (Cowan) who has been here since day one. The guys really play for Hodgo and he’s a great guy who gives everything on the field.

“It’s going to lift the boys to make him proud and put good efforts out on the field. Everyone will step up right across the board. It is a challenge but we are all looking forward to it.”

The Force also lost half backs Ian Prior and Luke Burton to knee and foot injuries respectively in the loss to the Blues but Foley is hopeful that they will both recover in time to play the Rebels.

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