Western Force coach Tim Sampson hasn’t given up on the finals simply but regardless of a disastrous fortnight which has left the Tremendous Rugby Pacific membership battling to restore pride within the jersey.
A six-match dropping run has seen the Force (2-9) plummet to tenth spot on the ladder, which means they want to win their closing three video games to have an opportunity of overtaking the Rebels and Highlanders.
The previous two weeks have been notably unforgiving for the Force, who adopted up a 53-15 loss to the Crusaders with a 61-10 defeat to the Highlanders.
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Sampson labelled these performances as unacceptable, and he is demanded a response from his gamers in Saturday’s must-win conflict with the fourth-placed Chiefs in Waikato.
The Force spherical out their season with matches towards Moana Pasifika and the Hurricanes, and Sampson continues to be daring to dream of touchdown a top-eight berth.
“Our focus is to be better this week and be at a gold standard in everything we do,” Sampson mentioned.
“That will hopefully set us up for the win. If we win this game, and our remaining two, depending on other results it would put us in a good position to make the eight.”
Sampson delivered a sequence of dwelling truths to his gamers whereas reviewing the loss to the Highlanders.
“I think everyone in that review meeting on Monday was embarrassed with what we dished out last Friday night,” Sampson mentioned.
“I said to the players, what shows character and what shows our team’s character is how we rebound. It’s important that we do this week.
“I discussed within the change room straight after the sport, now we have to roll our sleeves up and present lots of pride in our performances and in our jerseys.”
The Rebels rebounded from their 71-28 loss to the Blues with a brave effort against the Chiefs last week, eventually falling 33-30 after conceding an after-the-siren try.
Sampson said the Force can take lessons from how the Rebels came out firing following a heavy defeat.
“Honest play to the Rebels, related scenario to us the place they received towelled up the week earlier than, after which their response was excellent,” Sampson said.
The Chiefs will be aiming to secure a bonus-point win in order to boost their chances of locking up a top-four berth and a home quarterfinal.
But their week has been disrupted by a second wave of COVID-19, ruling out a number of players for this week’s match.
Josh Ioane, Etene Nanai-Seturo, Ollie Norris, Atu Moli, Jonah Lowe and Gideon Wrampling are among the many gamers who’re unavailable for choice.