Super Rugby

Daley joins Force wounded

Ben Daley (Getty)
Ben Daley (Getty)

Cape Town - Western Force prop Ben Daley joins the side's lengthy injury list after injuring his ankle in the 24-15 defeat to the Lions on Saturday.

The Force are still waiting on the final results from scans but according to AAP Daley is set to be ruled out for the rest of the season.

He joins flanker Angus Cottrell (knee), scrumhalf Ryan Louwrens (knee), fellow prop Jermaine Ainsley (knee), winger Chance Peni (groin), skipper Ben McCalman (shoulder), lock Matt Philip (foot), fullback Dane Haylett-Petty (hamstring), Luke Morahan (fractured cheekbone) and Michael Ruru (ankle) on the treatment table.

As a slight consolation, Wallabies lock Adam Coleman (calf) and fellow second-rower Richard Arnold (calf) could return for Saturday's clash with the Sharks in Durban, while utility back Marcel Brache has passed a concussion test.

Force coach Dave Wessels has had to turn to a number of injury fill-ins from grade ranks as well as three of the club's development players.

Five of their six defeats have been by nine points or less and Wessels' men are quickly developing a reputation as the nearly-men.

The Perth-based side have never beaten the Sharks in Durban ahead of this weekend's clash and know that, despite some brave performances, the excuses are running out.

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