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Injury toll already mounting for the Force




The Western Force are already feeling the toll of Super Rugby as they have lost two more players ahead of Saturday’s clash with the Reds in Brisbane.

The Force had already lost props, Tetera Faulkner and Francois van Wyk, for several weeks but now it seems that centre Kyle Godwin and flanker Chris Alcock could be out.

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Godwin left the field in the Force’s 19-25 loss to the Rebels in Perth while Alcock was seen wearing a leg brace after the match at nib Stadium.

Alcock is captain Matt Hodgson’s cover at openside flanker.

Force coach Michael Foley says that even though they lost their opening match playing a new style of rugby he will not be going back to the drawing board.

The Force battled with controlling the ball in their season opener and in the first 15 minutes they had made already 5 handling errors.

Foley said that he had already identified areas to fix but does not want his players to lose faith as he wants them to head for Suncorp Stadium with the same attacking frame of mind.

“There were times when we lost focus on going forward. We didn’t go forward with enough purpose,” Foley said.

“We want to attack in tight channels and wide channels but whichever channel we choose we’ve got to be able to go forward.”

“We were passing under more pressure than we needed to pass under, trying to offload under more pressure than we needed too.

“There were times where we were not doing a good enough job up front to move the ball,” he told the West Australian.

“We probably overplayed a little bit, we didn’t make decisions as well as we might have.

“Ball control is clearly a big one to fix. The reality is we turned the ball over too much. We had a lot of possession, we created opportunities, we just weren’t finishing them off.

“But, you’ve got to be really careful because you can easily pull the reins in and people feel hesitant, they second guess themselves.

“The frame of mind going into the next game has to be the same. The thing for us is to be brave, stick with it.”

Meanwhile captain Matt Hodgson said they had played across field too often.

“Because we have changed the way we want to play we probably got a bit lateral too early,” he said.

“We tried to look for the support player rather than fixing that area up. We’ve got to get the balance right.”

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