The whipping boys of the Vodacom Super 14 are approaching Friday’s match against the Bulls with great trepidation.
While Force skipper Nathan Sharpe has fully recovered from the virus which caused him to collapse following the game against the Reds, loose forward Scott Fava has been given a week off after taking a big knock at the Commonweath Games Sevens.
Flyhalf Scott Daruda is also in doubt after suffereing a mild concussion against the Waratahs last weekend.
Assistant coach Ben Darwin said the Force would adopt a safety first policy with Fava.
“Obviously it was a dramatic injury, so to be on the safe side he probably won’t play at the weekend,” Darwin told AAP, before commenting on the Force’s poor results this season.
“It is better that we are building, as opposed to having a couple of wins early in the season and falling away,” Darwin said. “Our performances have continued to improve, and while that is not sexy and doesn’t give you the W’s, I think the guys are gaining in confidence.”
The Force have lost all five matches this season and are expected to take a pounding from a Bulls side still fuming over the poor decision of TV ref Linston Manuels that cost them victory against the Hurricanes.
The Bulls play the Force, Blues, Chiefs and Reds on tour.