A Force to be reckoned with

Sun, 23 Mar 2014 12:35
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Western Force coach Michael Foley said that it is key that his side capitalise on the momentum created by their three consecutive victories.

Western Force coach Michael Foley said that it is key that his side capitalise on the momentum created by their three consecutive victories.

The Perth side saw off the challenge of defending champions the Chiefs on Saturday, keeping the Hamilton outfit tryless on Australian soil for the first time since 2011.

That means that they will be aiming for a franchise record fourth consecutive victory when they face the Reds next week, but Foley insists that it is too early to be thinking about securing a first-ever play-off place.

"If you bottle some of the great stuff out of the last three weeks, I think we can go on to have a good season," Foley said.

"But we haven't had a good season yet. We've only had three wins. Last year we won four games and drew one, so we haven't even achieved that yet.

"The performances are well in excess of what we saw last year, but there's a lot of work to do.

"I think if you do enough things right, eventually you'll get there (finals)," he told AAP.

They will be without the services of scrumhalf Alby Mathewson for the match against the Reds after he was suspended for stamping on Chiefs flank Sam Cane, whilst they are also sweating on minor injuries to forwards Hugh McMeniman and Kieran Longbottom.

Force skipper Matt Hodgson was left bloody and bruised after the win over the Chiefs.

But he said every bit of pain was worth it after his two tries set up one of the Force's greatest wins.

"I think I'm up there with the leading try scorers this year, for a total of three metres for each try," Hodgson joked of his three tries.

"But I don't play to score tries. I play for the wins."

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