Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
17 May 2014
2:00 pm

Force’s Hodgson leads by example

Rudolph Jacobs

One man doesn't make an army, but when his name is die-hard Force skipper, flank Matt Hodgson, it certainly helps.

FILE PICTURE: Matt Hodgson of the Force holds his son Hunter after playing his 100th Super Rugby game during the round four Super Rugby match between the Western Force and the Melbourne Rebels at nib Stadium on March 8, 2014 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Hodgson, could be the big difference for his team at Newlands this afternoon against a struggling Stormers and it’s no wonder he has made the most tackles and turnovers in the competition.

The Force has been the fairy- tale story of the competition and are just one win away from recording eight victories, their most since forming in 2006, with Hodgson part of the franchise from day one.

“The team really play for one another and have a great belief in what they want to achieve and it would really be great for the side if they could beat the Stormers,” said Hodgson.

“The SA influence in the side has been great and they have brought a bit of that culture to the side which has been very influential.”

For the Stormers, always tough to beat at home, there will be big moments for flyhalf Peter Grant in his 100th Super game and prop Brok Harris in his 200th for the union (Super Rugby 92, Western Province 107).

“Peter and Brok Harris have been loyal servants and they deserve to be in the limelight this week and hopefully we can make it a special day for both of them,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

The Force, however, haven’t had it their own way at Newlands, where they haven’t won since 2007 and haven’t beaten the Stormers since 2010.

The men from Perth do have one of the best defences in the competition with the assistance of former Capetonian Dave Wessels, who used to work alongside the Stormers defence guru Jacques Nienaber.

Kickoff: 5.05pm.