Force finally raised the bar

Sun, 14 Jul 2013 10:46
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The Western Force finished their 2013 Super Rugby season in style, a result coach Michael Foley  feels showed the side's true potential.

The Western Force has finished their 2013 Super Rugby season in style with a 21-15 win over the Brumbies in Perth at the weekend, a result coach Michael Foley  feels showed the side's true potential.

In a fitting farewell for the side's departing players - including stalwart Brett Sheehan and inaugural squad member Richard Brown - the Force crafted one of its most complete performances of the season, with the home side stifling the Australian Conference leaders' attack and continually crossing the gain line to help set up the three-tries-to-two victory.

No.8 Ben McCalman was brutally physical from the back of the scrum and worked in unison with his back row partners Matt Hodgson and Chris Alcock.

Wing Nick Cummins was also highly involved - particularly under the high ball - and brought the crowd to their feet on numerous occasions with trademark fearless running in slippery conditions.

The only sour note to the evening was lock Hugh McMeniman's early exit from the match with a neck injury while fellow second row forward Sam Wykes was also helped from the field with a leg injury.

The win was the Force's fourth of the season, adding the Brumbies to their Reds, Crusaders and Highlanders scalps in season 2013.

The Force coach, Foley, said the result was reward for the team's unwavering commitment throughout the season.

"Coming out of a season like last season where there was such a bleak feel, the players pulled together very strongly from the start and learnt to play for each other above all else," he said.

"I think the standards the players set from day one was above anything they had before and a large amount of that should be attributed to Hodgo [Hodgson].

"There were times during the year when we kept pushing which is why we were able to go out there tonight and play as well as we did."

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Sat, 30 April 2016
Border v Pumas 12h30 East London
Namibia v EP Kings 13h00 Windhoek
Leicester Tigers v Worcester Warriors 14h00 Welford Road
Western Province v Golden Lions 14h15 Newlands
Northampton Saints v Bath 14h15 Franklin's Gardens
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 14h30 Millennium Stadium
Ulster v Leinster 15h00 Kingspan Stadium
Lions v Hurricanes 15h05 Johannesburg
Dragons v Scarlets 17h00 Millennium Stadium
Stormers v Waratahs 17h10 Cape Town
Jaguares v Kings 21h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 01 May 2016
Exeter Chiefs v Wasps 12h00 Sandy Park
London Irish v Harlequins 14h00 Madejski Stadium
Saracens v Newcastle Falcons 14h15 Allianz Park
Fri, 06 May 2016
Crusaders v Reds 07h35 Christchurch
Brumbies v Bulls 09h40 Canberra
Griffons v Eagles 15h00 Welkom
EP Kings v Blue Bulls 16h00 Port Elizabeth
Sat, 07 May 2016
Sunwolves v Force 05h15 Tokyo
Chiefs v Highlanders 07h35 Hamilton
Waratahs v Cheetahs 09h40 Sydney
RESULT SCORE
Sat, 30 April 2016
Reds v Cheetahs 30 | 17
Highlanders v Brumbies 23 | 10
Blues v Rebels 36 | 30
Fri, 29 April 2016
Munster v Edinburgh 27 | 19
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 70 | 10
Treviso v Connacht 22 | 21
Sale Sharks v Gloucester 11 | 12
Boland v Griquas 14 | 30
Force v Bulls 20 | 42
Chiefs v Sharks 24 | 22
Wed, 27 April 2016
Eagles v Leopards 26 | 21
Falcons v Griffons 26 | 49
Sun, 24 April 2016
Leicester Tigers v Racing Metro 16 | 19
Brumbies v Crusaders 14 | 40
Sat, 23 April 2016
Kings v Lions 10 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 9 5 0 4 23
Brumbies 9 5 0 4 21
Waratahs 7 3 0 4 17
Reds 8 1 1 6 8
Force 9 1 0 8 6
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Chiefs 9 8 0 1 37
Crusaders 8 7 0 1 32
Highlanders 9 6 0 3 28
Hurricanes 8 5 0 3 26
Blues 8 4 1 3 20
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 28
Bulls 8 6 1 1 28
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 12
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 6 0 2 27
Sharks 9 4 1 4 23
Jaguares 8 1 0 7 7
Kings 7 1 0 6 4