Coach Foley keeping the Force grounded

Western Force coach Michael Foley has laughed off suggestions that his team could be favourites in Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Waratahs in Perth.

The Force will go into this weekend’s Super Rugby match on the back of their most successful run since they joined Super Rugby but Foley says that they have done nothing of note yet.

The Force are currently sitting in fifth place overall and will be playing at home against a Waratahs team that will be on their way back from South Africa.

In comparison to their current standing, last year the Force finished the season third from last place.

“We’re realistic, we’ve had a nice start to the season, we’ve won four games,” Foley said of the club wining four straight matches.

“But last year we won four games and drew one, so we still haven’t bettered that. If we get past last year then we start to chase some of the things we’re aspiring to this year. But we’re pretty realistic about it.”

The Waratahs are one place above the Force in the overall standings and they start the match as favourites even though coach Michael Cheika says the Force will be favourites.

Foley was amused by Cheika claiming that they will go into the match as underdogs especially since the Waratahs are filled with Test players.

“What we have done well to date is eliminate any of that noise that is subjective,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“We know what we did last week objectively but the sense of where you stand going into a game and whether it means you’re a favourite or an underdog, is just irrelevant. We just want to be better than we were last week.”

Foley has also rejected speculation that the Force will have an edge over the Waratahs pack which is features a number of Wallabies.

“Maybe they haven’t scrummed as well as they [could] have, but I’m in a pretty good position to know what they’re capable of,” said former Waratahs coach Foley said

“We’re up against an international forward pack, particularly a Wallaby front row, so this will be a big challenge for us. “

“I still think we have 10 or 20 per cent improvement in us in our scrum.”

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