Force leaving fear at home

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by Beth Newman

The Force want to bring aggression and attack to their clash with the Blues, but there’s one thing they’re leaving at home.

Coach Michael Foley says the side will approach the game without fear, following on from their win over the Sunwolves a fortnight ago, that snapped a seven-game losing run.

“The whole attitude of no fear and play the way we want to play has probably been a little bit liberating,” he said.

“The biggest shift for us was attitude (in that win),” he said.

“One of the real difficulties of going through a period where you’re not getting the results you want is keeping your chin up and continuing to fight.

“Our guys have always had that fight but without a doubt disappointment distracted us.

“The guys went into that game, attacked it wanted to enjoy it, they wanted to play aggressive rugby, they wanted to play expansive rugby and I think they did those things pretty well.”

With wind and storms forecast for Saturday night’s game, the sides’ kicking battle will be pivotal.

Foley has opted to include Luke Burton on the bench over flyhalf Peter Grant, but is confident that his backline has the weaponry by foot without Grant.

“The beauty of Luke is it gives us some versatility to cover centre and 10 if not also 15,” he said.

“I think we’re really fortunate with the backs we have Kyle (Godwin) and bend who are left-footers, while Dane (Haylett-Petty) Luke and Marcel are all right-foot kicks.

“There’s probably not a back in our side that can’t kick the ball.

“I’m not too concerned about having Luke out there versus Pete. Luke and Peter’s kicking game are pretty similar.”

Foley said he hoped the Force would have a bit more certainty off the field, with ARU CEO Bill Pulver set to visit Perth next week, amid reports of a governing body takeover.

“I think there's still a bit of uncertainty around what’s happening with the ARU. Bill Pulver’s coming over to Perth so it’ll  be a good thing to have that communicated,” he said.

“Outside of that, in terms of what’s happening on the field, I think the guys have got a strong belief in what they're trying to achieve and how they’re trying to play.”

The Force host the Blues on Saturday at 7:40pm AEST LIVE on FOXSPORTS 2 502.