Force get a Hurricane warning

The Western Force’s Million Dollar man Matt Giteau has handed out a Hurricane warning to his teammates.

Giteau, speaking ahead of his team’s Round Six encounter with the Hurricanes in Perth on Friday, and mindful of the fact that the Force have yet to win a home game since joining the competition last year, has warned his teammates of a possible backlash from the New Zealand franchise.

The Hurricanes saw their three-match winning streak come to an abrupt end when they were upstaged 30-17 by an underdog Stormers side in Palmerston North at the weekend.

Giteau said that if the Hurricanes reproduced the form they had showed earlier in the tournament, then the 2006 finalists would make life very unpleasant for the Perth outfit.

“If they turn up to play, the Hurricanes can be one of the best teams in the competition,” he told the Australian newspaper.

“That’s the way the whole competition is going this year. There are no easy games.”

Giteau has been a revelation for the Force since being moved into fly-half, where he pulled his side back into last Friday’s contest with the Waratahs (a 16-all draw) with some brilliant play, including a skilful solo try.

And he is set to take on even more responsibility this weekend by sharing the goal-kicking duties with wing Cameron Shepherd.

Shepherd has been uncharacteristically off target in the past few matches, spraying a couple of relatively easy shots in the draw with the Waratahs and the loss to the Lions the week before.

Giteau, who has been playing in the number 10 jersey for the Force, would be used to take the short shots at goal, while Shepherd, who is a fantastic long-range kicker would take the longer attempts.

“It’s something I enjoy doing,” Giteau told the Australian. “Shep and I have spoken about it.

“Shep has won us games with his goal kicking so it’s a bit quick to jump into him from a team point of view.

“Shep is a good kicker. Ben Perkins [former Wallabies kicking coach] had huge raps on him. Maybe, he has just had a couple of off weeks.

“Shep can kick the ball a long way. He’ll definitely take the long distance kicks and then we’ll see what happens. Maybe I’ll have a crack at the closer ones.”


365 Digital

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