ForceFan

ForceFan grew up with Aussie Football in Melbourne but progressively has switched codes due to his employment in the Mining Industry. Being surrounded by Kiwis, Saffas and Pommes, rugby tests always seemed like a good excuse for a drink with mates. Real turning point was the 2003 RWC with the semi win over the Kiwis and the spectacle of the Final. Has followed the Western Force since inception and supportive of the development and standards shown by the Western Force under Michael Foley, David Wessels and Kevin Foote and the strong leadership of Captain Matt Hodgson.

  • Super Rugby
    SR Aus Ruck Analysis – Round 10

    Round 10 saw no head-to-head between Australian teams. Where there had been fairly similar approaches to Ruck...

  • Analysis
    SR Aussie Ruck Analysis – Round 9

    Force 13:49 Waratahs It was enjoyable to see 7 tries scored – even if 6 of them were by the, hopefully resurgent, Waratahs – with some excellent running rugby on display. The much heralded breakdown confrontation didn’t eventuate as it appeared that neither side wanted to play in its own territory.    It...

  • ACT Brumbies
    SR Aussie Ruck Analysis – Round 8

    WARATAHS V BRUMBIES The Brumbies have won both of these local derbies in 2016. Any analysis of...

  • Analysis
    SR Aussie Ruck Analysis – Round 6

    WARATAHS v REBELS Hugh Cavill provided an excellent, comprehensive post-match wrap entitled “Rebels hold off Waratahs for...

  • Analysis
    SR Aussie Ruck Analysis – Round 5

    Round 5 saw a dramatic reduction in Defensive Ruck Involvements (DRIs) by 3 Aussie teams, more of the same from one and a significant increase from one side in the only local derby. The Force has shown week-by-week reduced involvement in DRIs since the opening round high of 117 DRIs to only...

  • Super Rugby
    SR Aussie Ruck Analysis – Round 4

    Round 4 had all of the Aussie SR teams playing International opponents. The teams which played off-shore...

  • ACT Brumbies
    SR Aussie Ruck Analysis – Round 3

    Round 3 presented 4 Aussie teams head-to-head.  (Waratahs Bye) The Brumbies proved to be worthy Conference/Australasian Group...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Aussie SR Ruck Analysis – Round 2

    The Total Ruck Involvement statistics for Round 2 show similar approaches by 4 of the Aussie teams...

  • Analysis
    Aussie Super Rugby Ruck Analysis: Round 1

    The start of a new season provides an opportunity to do something different. I’ve collected the normal...

  • All Blacks
    RWC Final Ruck Analysis – All Blacks v Wallabies

    A Breakdown Master Class Dominance at the breakdown was clearly part of the All Blacks effective game...

  • All Blacks
    RWC RUCK ANALYSIS – Wallabies v All Blacks

    Not surprisingly the “Battle at the Breakdown” will be critical to the outcome. There’s no doubt that...

  • Analysis
    RWC Ruck Analysis: Australia v Argentina

    Desperate and scrambling defence. The Pumas never really threatened the Wallabies’ try line, yet with the scoreboard...

  • Rugby
    RWC Ruck Analysis: All Blacks v Springboks

    ABOUT STRANGE GAME PLANS The perplexing aspect of this encounter was that, at various stages throughout this match-up, the Bokkes could have taken this game but they applied less of the defensive intensity that they have showed after the initial loss to Japan and they never/rarely unleashed their normally effective Backs. Last...

  • Analysis
    RWC Ruck Analysis: AUS v SCO

    “Used up our ‘Get Out of Gaol’ Card” (Bernard Foley) Have to be happy with the win...

  • Analysis
    RWC Ruck Analysis: France v Ireland

    Another “hard day in the office”. This crucial Pool D clash was a compelling game to watch...

  • Analysis
    RWC Ruck Analysis: AUS v WAL

    The Wallabies survive the Welsh flood Matt Rowley in his “Guts gets the glory” article gave a...

  • Analysis
    RWC Ruck Analysis: AUS v ENG

    Stepping Up at the Breakdown Much has been written about the Wallaby victory over England. If this...

  • Rugby
    RWC Analysis: Know Your Enemy

    England v Wales Forwards – RWC Ruck Involvement The recent RWC Test between England and Wales was...

  • Analysis
    Ruck Stats Review: Rebels v Reds

    An unconvincing effort by the Rebels resulted in a win and a final scoreline of 23-15 despite the Reds being reduced to 14 men after the first 20 minutes (Horwill – Red Card) and the Rebels having 72% possession and 80% territory in the 2nd half.   The Reds were very much in...

  • ACT Brumbies
    Ruck Stats Review: Reds v Brumbies

    The Brumbies put on a commanding performance at Suncorp easily accounting for the injury depleted Reds for a 29-0 bonus point win. The Brumbies were cohesive, disciplined, well-drilled, energetic and provided strong support in all aspects of the game. The Reds’ performance lacked any real venom or intensity with some key players...