Drop kicks are not a great favourite of many rugby fans.
But if Sias Ebersohn's drop-goal double against the Bulls is any indication, Western Force supporters may have to learn to enjoy the three-pointers pretty quickly.
Force fans already have mixed emotions about the tactic. They fondly remember David Hill's after-the-siren effort three seasons ago that delivered a 16-15 win over the Stormers to break their season duck, but try to forget Matt Giteau's 2007 last-gasp shocker against the Lions that left them with a 25-24 defeat.
Force coach Michael Foley is unlikely to experience mixed emotions if Ebersohn can slot a few more and get his side on the winning path.
Ebersohn, signed this season from the Cheetahs, is no stranger to the drop kick which features heavily in the armoury of South African sides.
In his Force debut against the Bulls, he racked up 16 points in the 36-26 loss at Loftus Versfeld with the two drop goals, two penalties and two conversions.
It had been a pre-game decision to kick for points if attack stuttered and the opportunity arose.
"Our objective is to get points every time we get into their terri- tory. If it's a drop goal, penalty or try, points is points," Eber- sohn said.
"When you get into their terri- tory you need to go away with points. If you don't do that the objective is failing.
"We train like that the whole pre-season. That was the plan all along."
He was pleased with his own performance against the Bulls but disappointed with the third loss of the season as the home side came from behind to rack up 17 unanswered points.
"I managed to kick the ball well and that's given me confidence but there are not a lot of times you are seven points in front, 10 minutes to go against the Bulls at Loftus," he said.
"You can improve on anything from the game versus the Kings. It was not a good performance. We weren't sharp. It wasn't difficult to improve on that."
Ebersohn was disappointed not to have been included in the run-on side against the Melbourne Rebels or the match-day squad for the Southern Kings clash.
But he believes he made the right decision to move to the Force from the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs where his likely future was as a bench warmer.
"I had a bit of a thought (after the first two games) but luckily I got my chance," he said.
"You can never be sure of a spot. You need to be the best every week."
·Wallabies and Melbourne Rebels fly-half Kurtley Beale is expected to be sidelined for a month after suffering a broken hand in the loss to the Waratahs on Friday."Our objective is to get points ... If it's a drop goal, penalty or try, points is points.""New Force No.10 *Sias Ebersohn *
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