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Super Rugby: Force must take chances to sink Drua

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Western Force are on course for the unenviable wooden spoon but have an opportunity to lift themselves off bottom spot in Super Rugby Pacific on Saturday when they host Fijian Dura.

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The Force have managed just two wins from their opening 10 games of the campaign but those victories did come in their last two home games.

That should give head coach Simon Cron and his players confidence of getting one over on a Drua side that have been notoriously poor travellers since their induction into Super Rugby in 2022.

. What: Western Force v Fijian Drua
. Where: HBF Park, Perth
. When: 21:55 (AEST), Saturday 11th May 2024
. How to watch: Stan Sports
. Odds: Western Force 1.80, Fijian Drua 2.02

Force gaining momentum at home

After a tough start to the season, there have been positives to take from the Force's recent outings at HBF Park.

Beating the Reds 40-31 to land their first win of the season in late March, the Force backed it up on home soil with a 37-15 victory over last year's champions the Crusaders.

Cron's side continue to struggle away from home, as their 56-7 defeat at the Chiefs last time out would suggest.

However, home form is on the rise and the Force are worthy favourites at 1.80 to land their third victory of the season on Saturday.

Looking to the Line market, it suggests a tight game is expected this weekend, with the Force at 1.91 with -1 going into this one.

Drua must improve on the road

A trip to Churchill Park has become a real challenge for travelling teams but so far Fijian Drua have not been able to replicate their home form on the road.

Drua have won just one of all their 20 Super Rugby Pacific away matches, losing all of their last 12 in a row.

It's a sorry record for a team that have earned home wins over the Crusaders, Waratahs, Moana Pasifika and even the Force this season.

Drua ran out 31-13 winners when the Force headed to Fiji on 30th March and will be determined to complete the double over the Perth outfit this weekend.

The visitors to HBF Park are the 2.02 underdogs to land their first away win of the season on Saturday.

Looking to the Anytime tryscorer market, Selestino Ravutaumada is the joint-shortest price at 2.10 to go over against the Force, while he's 13.00 to bag the opening try of the game.

For the Force, Bayley Kuenzle, Chase Tiatia and George Poolman are also 2.10 to score a try at any stage of the contest and 13.00 to score the first try respectively.

A tight encounter might well be on the cards for this one and the Force will know it's a big opportunity to pull themselves away from the dreaded bottom spot.

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