'Phenomenal' Force lived on a sniff

Sun, 13 Apr 2014 07:46
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Western Force coach Michael Foley said his team was "phenomenal" and "showed a lot of character".

Western Force coach Michael Foley said his team was "phenomenal" and "showed a lot of character".

This follows an unprecedented fifth consecutive Super Rugby win - when they turned around a 21-43 loss in their opening round match to beat the Waratahs 28-16 in Perth at the weekend.

The win was build on a rock-wall defensive line, with wing Nick Cummins capitalising on the limited possession to score a hat-trick.

Starved of possession throughout the first half, the Force held a narrow 13-9 lead at the break - with Cummins crossing for two of his three tries in the second half to extend the final margin to 12 points.

The win lengthens the Force's most consecutive wins in the franchise's history (five) and resulted in the franchise's first victory over the Waratahs in Perth.

"I think the thing we learned over the first two games," Foley said.

"We had it reiterated to us when [former West Coast Eagles AFL coach] John Worsfold came and spoke to us before the Highlanders game.

"He said momentum won't always be your way, but you have to hold each other accountable at those times so you can capitalise on it when it does come your way.

"We lived on the sniff of an oily rag to some extent in this match and when the opportunities came we pounced on them and that was a real credit to our guys.

"They kept trying even though things weren't coming our way and they showed a lot of character.

"What is being reinforced every week is the more effort we put into those sorts of games, the better results we're getting.

"If you go back and look at the last five games, we found different ways to get results and that's important for us."

The Force travels to Melbourne this week to take on the Rebels on Good Friday, April 18.

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Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10