The Western Force have laid their cards on the table and declared that they will be all out to batter and bruise the Lions on Wednesday night.
The Force are bracing themselves for a full on battle by declaring that they will be dishing out a load of pain for the Lions in the first game for the Lions on Australian soil.
The Lions coming into the game following a 59-8 win in Hong Kong, which turned a bit feisty as early as the 10th minute when Baa baa’s hooker Schalk Brits was sent to the sin bin for punching Owen Farrell.
The Force will be looking to build on that aggression and test the Lions discipline and scrum half Brett Sheehan outlined the game plan they want to follow “We want it to be an extremely physical game, It’s a game of rugby where we don’t want to hold anything back; we want to go at them and let them know what it’s going to be like [in Australia]. We want them to know they’ve been in a battle.”
“Gatland stressed they want to stay disciplined. There were a few little things that got under their skin (in Hong Kong) so maybe we’ll do a little bit of the same.”
Western Force captain Matt Hodgson has outlined his vision for the game by declaring that if they can’t beat the Lions, they’ll make sure they leave the nib stadium with a few bumps and bruises. “I think any loss is going to be a blow to them. They’ve probably come out and pencilled in victories in most of their games leading up to the Test matches.
“So if we can’t get the win, we’re going to give them a solid performance and hopefully hurt a few of their bodies.”
The Force are in Super 15 action again just four days later when they take on NSW Waratahs on Saturday, so it is likely that they will be without their star names for the game against the Lions.