Foley: We've gone backwards

Sat, 06 Apr 2013 18:55
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Western Force coach Michael Foley bemoaned the fact that his team took a step backwards in their 23-30 loss to the Rebels in Perth on Saturday.

Western Force coach Michael Foley bemoaned the fact that his team took a step backwards in their 23-30 loss to the Rebels in Perth on Saturday.

Outscoring the Force by four tries to three, they have beaten the men from Perth twice in one season for the second consecutive year - this triumph being by exactly the same score that they won by in their Round One encounter in Melbourne back in February.

The Rebels have had the wood over the Force since they joined Super Rugby in 2011 - having now won five of their six encounters, including the last four.

Despite their poor record on the road - with just three wins from 20 starts - all the Rebels' away victories have been against the Force in Perth.

While the home side enjoyed its share of attacking possession and crossed for three tries, the Force were unable to make up the eventual difference - taking only a bonus point from the to-and-fro encounter.

Foley said he was disappointed that Saturday's performance did not build on the development the side had shown in its earlier matches.

"That was a game that we could have won," he said.

"Up until this point [in the competition] we've had some results that haven't gone our way but the shape of the game for us has been much, much better previously.

"We're very disappointed with that performance; within the vicinity of 20 turnovers in that match makes it very, very hard for you to build pressure and ultimately we got pipped.

"There was times out there that we could have got other points and I think had we got away with the result tonight, I'd still feel the same way.

"I don't think that was a performance consistent with anything we've done this year."

The Force are at home to the Crusaders next Saturday, April 13.

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19