Western Force dealt double injury blow

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    Western Force winger Nick Cummins and lock Sam Wykes have been ruled out of Saturday night’s clash with the Queensland Reds, while skipper Matt Hodgson is also in danger of missing the Super Rugby match.

    Cummins has been battling inflammation in his knee for some weeks now, while Wykes suffered a minor ankle sprain during the team’s 36-26 loss to the Bulls a fortnight ago.

    Both have already been ruled out against the Reds, while Hodgson faces a race against time to recover from a hamstring injury.

    Complicating matters for Hodgson is the impending birth of his first child, who is expected any day from now.

    Hodgson didn’t fly with the rest of the squad to Brisbane on Wednesday, but is still a slight chance of making the trek east later in the week.

    “If we hold him out, it won’t be because he couldn’t play, but more the fact we would be taking a risk if we did play him,” coach Michael Foley said.

    “We don’t want to do that. He’s very important to us for the rest of the season.

    “We’re also pleased with how Chris Alcock played against the Bulls, so we’re fortunate it’s one position where we do have a lot of depth.”

    Patrick Dellit is in line to replace Cummins on the wing, while the Force are spoilt for choice in the back row, with the likes of Richard Brown, Alcock, Ben McCalman and Angus Cottrell among the options.

    The Reds welcome back Wallabies scrumhalf Will Genia from a long-term knee injury, but they were forced to make a double switch on the wing after suspending Digby Ioane and ruling out Dom Shipperley (back).

    Those positions are likely to be filled by Luke Morahan and Chris Feauai-Sautia as the Reds attempt to notch their fourth straight win.

    Force five-eighth Sias Ebersohn was a revelation against the Bulls, returning a 16-point haul in his run-on debut for the club.

    But Foley said the Force needed more than just a good kicking game to get the win against Queensland.

    “Sias Ebersohn is a very impressive young 10. In South Africa for a short time, he was seen as the next best thing,” Foley said.

    “Often, young players get enormous pressure put on them, which is unfair.

    “Sias Ebersohn is not the saviour for the Force. It’s going to be a whole team performance that gets us results.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • March 14th 2013 @ 11:24am
      formeropenside said | March 14th 2013 @ 11:24am | ! Report

      Reds team:
      1. Greg Holmes
      2. Saia Faingaa
      3. James Slipper (vc)
      4. Ed O’Donoghue
      5. Rob Simmons
      6. Eddie Quirk
      7. Liam Gill
      8. Jake Schatz
      9. Will Genia (c)
      10. Quade Cooper
      11. Chris Feauai-Sautia
      12. Ben Tapuai
      13. Anthony Faingaa
      14. Luke Morahan
      15. Jono Lance

      16. James Hanson
      17. Albert Anae
      18. Radike Samo
      19. Jarrad Butler
      20. Nick Frisby
      21. Mike Harris
      22. Aidan Toua

      Three Wallabies on the bench. Not bad.

    • Roar Guru

      March 14th 2013 @ 11:27am
      Jiggles said | March 14th 2013 @ 11:27am | ! Report

      Good team. Where’s shipperley?

      • March 14th 2013 @ 12:06pm
        formeropenside said | March 14th 2013 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

        Injured, as is Davies.

        • March 14th 2013 @ 12:19pm
          formeropenside said | March 14th 2013 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

          And Samo hurt himself at training this AM, so AWH goes onto the bench.

          • Roar Guru

            March 14th 2013 @ 12:25pm
            Jiggles said | March 14th 2013 @ 12:25pm | ! Report

            That happens when your 62

          • March 14th 2013 @ 3:15pm
            El gamba said | March 14th 2013 @ 3:15pm | ! Report

            I spoke with AWH this week. If not for Samo’s injury he’d have been on the wing anyway. That was my opinion not his.

    • March 14th 2013 @ 11:41am
      Justin2 said | March 14th 2013 @ 11:41am | ! Report

      Yep looks a better side, maybe the best they have selected this year. I’d play Morahan at 15 on attack.

    • March 14th 2013 @ 3:54pm
      Nathan of Perth said | March 14th 2013 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

      That’s totally what we needed. More injuries.

      How the Western Force survives is becoming a concept of some mystery to me.

    • March 14th 2013 @ 9:04pm
      Malo said | March 14th 2013 @ 9:04pm | ! Report

      Could see this coming a million miles away, surprise surprise no depth and crying over a couple of injuries, lets blame injuries over poor player selection.” We were robbed” mentality setting in to justify the spoon and WA administrators and coaching staff positions

      • March 15th 2013 @ 2:15pm
        sittingbison said | March 15th 2013 @ 2:15pm | ! Report

        thats complete and utter BS Malo. There are no Force fans crying over these injuries, the replacement players in Junior Rasolea and Paddy Dellit on the wing and Alcock for Hodgo are more than adequate.

        And nobody in WA is aiming anywhere near the wooden spoon.

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