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Super Rugby: Force determined to get off the mark

With three defeats from their first three games of the Super Rugby campaign, it’s been a tough start for Western Force, who will be desperate to get off the mark at home to Moana Pasifika on Friday night.

The table does not make pretty reading for the Perth outfit, with just one point secured ahead of arrival of Moana Pasifika to HBF Park.

Moana are slightly better off after a narrow 39-36 win over Fijian Drua but a 29-23 defeat on home soil against the Melbourne Rebels brought the Auckland outfit back down to earth.

It’s likely these two sides will be scrapping at the bottom end of the Super Rugby table this year and Friday night’s encounter will have a bearing on who finishes higher on the ladder this season.

. What: Western Force v Moana Pasifika
. Where: HBF Park, Perth
. When: 21:00 (AEST), Friday 15th March 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sports
. Odds: Western Force 1.48, Moana Pasifika 2.65

Force eager to get up and running

Having won their previous two meetings with Moana, the Force will be hoping this game at HBF Park sees them get off the mark with a first win of the campaign.

The Force might still be seeking that first win but they will take confidence from their last outing in Round 3 when they were just edged out 22-19 by the ACT Brumbies in Canberra.

It was a valiant effort from Simon Cron’s side but the Brumbies just showed their ability to get over the line on home soil in the capital.

Having been the nearly men last week, the Force are the 1.48 favourites to come out on top at HBF Park this week, while they are 1.91 in the Line market with -5.

The combination of Ben Donaldson and Nic White in the halfbacks looks to be settling and the pair can have a big say in delivering that elusive first win of the season for the Force on Friday night.

Moana must address defensive shortcomings

Much like last season, it’s Moana’s play when they don’t have the ball in the reason why playing in the finals looks like a long-term goal for this club.

Finishing bottom of the table last year, Moana conceded an astonishing 610 points in their 14 games, at an average of 43 points a game.

There has been slight improvement over the first three games of this season for the Auckland side but they have still conceded 100 points at an average of just over 33.

Conceding that many points makes it incredibly hard to win matches in a Super Rugby competition that might be more competitive than ever this season.

It’s the reason why coach Tana Umaga’s side are the underdogs at 2.65 to register their first win over the Force.

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