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Western Force aim to fix leaky defence

24th February, 2014

Trust will be a key word for the Western Force this week as they attempt to fix their leaky defence ahead of Saturday night’s showdown with the Brumbies in Perth.

The Force conceded a worrying six tries in their 43-21 loss to the Waratahs over the weekend.

Wallabies forward Ben McCalman said the team was satisfied with their attacking game.

And although their defensive effort left a lot to be desired, McCalman said it was something that could be easily fixed.

“We’re remaining very positive. I’m not too worried at the moment. The defence is something we feel we can turn around in a short space of time,” McCalman said on Monday.

“We just have to work on spacing and trusting the player either side of you.

“It’s something we’ve done really well in the past, so it’s not a huge problem for us.

“There’s a very high expectations within the group.


“We’re not happy with how we played, especially in defence.

“Scoring 21 points – ideally a few more would be perfect.

“But giving a team like that 40 points – it’s going to be hard to beat.”

The Force have the recent wood over the Brumbies after upsetting them 21-15 in round 20 last year.

The Brumbies lost to Queensland 27-17 in Canberra over the weekend.

Last year’s finalists will be desperate to get their season back on track against a Force outfit that are favourites to win the wooden spoon.