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Matt Hodgson eyeing record for best Force team
ESPN Staff
May 14, 2014
Western Force's Matt Hodgson crashes over the whitewash during his 100th match, Western Force v Melbourne Rebels, Super Rugby, March 8, 2014
Matt Hodgson leads Western Force by word and deed © Getty Images

Western Force have set plenty of unwanted records over the years, but they have the chance to produce a rare positive mark when they take on the Stormers at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

The Force are sitting pretty in fifth spot on the Super Rugby table, with seven wins from their previous eight games, and victory over the battling Stormers will see 2014 officially go down as their most successful campaign.

The Perth-based franchise have endured years of struggle since entering the competition in 2006, and they are yet to better their efforts of 2008, when the star-studded side won seven games and finished eighth on the ladder. But with six games to go this season, the Force appear set to smash that seven-game winning mark on the way to a finals berth.

"It's something we've spoken about this week," Force skipper Matt Hodgson said. "We're looking for that eighth win to go down as the most victorious Force team. That's our first goal, and there's plenty more to come as soon as we achieve that eighth win."

But Hodgson isn't taking the Stormers lightly given the news that Sias Ebersohn is in doubt with a knee injury while the subject of reports in South Africa that the Cheetahs want to re-sign him, and given the recent history between the teams.

The Force copped a 51-16 pasting when they last faced the Stormers in Cape Town, in 2011, and they lost 17-3 in Perth in 2012.


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