Hodgson: ‘Bonus changes work for Force’

Date published: January 31 2016

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Force back-row Matt Hodgson reckons that the change of mindset in Perth to attack more will work in the side's favour in 2016 with the new bonus point system.

Tries were hard to come by for Michael Foley's side last year, who finished rock bottom of the standings in 15th place and only managed to score 28 tries in 16 games.

Hodgson believes now though that with the proposed bonus point changes in Super Rugby – where teams are awarded an attacking try bonus point for outscoring their opponent by three tries or more – will force teams to attack as well maintaining a strong defence, benefiting the Force.

“It will likely mean teams will have to defend for longer periods even when they have scored four tries or more," Hodgson told Fox Sports.

"Attack-orientated teams like the Chiefs and the Cheetahs are likely to look more closely at bringing more of a defensive ­element into their game.

“I think it will work in our favour this year because we are looking at playing a more ­expansive style, albeit still with a strong defensive element.

"The way we are expanding our ­attack mindset this year allied with our strong defensive focus is perfectly suited for us to put scores on the board and not let rivals score again."

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