The Force have the wooden spoon in the bag. After another sub par performance and heavy defeat against strugglers the Chiefs, the knives are out in Perth.
The Australian based franchise are in an extremely tough position, having to start from scratch, when every other side in the competition has had years to build up systems, resources, coaches and players. Even the Cheetahs have played Super rugby in 1997 and have been an established South African team for several years including taking the Currie Cup last year.
It must be frustrating for some of the unlucky New Zealand players who missed out on Super Rugby this year, yet would make the Force outfit in their sleep. It is also frustrating that another side like the Pacific Team or an Argentinian side could have made a beater fist of that fourteenth spot. This has only occurred because the New Zealand powers feel obliged to keep the other SANZAR nations happy so they would vote for us to host the World Cup in 2011. The Aussies even reneged on that deal!
A final point of note is that seeing the competitiveness of the Cheetahs and the shambolic performances of the Force, I wonder if the new South African Rugby President will still be keen to relegate the bottom Republic side for the Southern Spears!