Foley ‘incredibly proud’ of Western Force players

Western Force coach Michael Foley has praised his players saying that he is “incredibly proud” after they ended their season with a victory over the Rebels in Melbourne.

The Force earned their third and final victory of the 2015 season by beating the Rebels 11-13 at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

In a farewell to club stalwarts Sam Wykes and Patrick Dellit, the Force built the victory on the back of a tough and tenacious defensive effort, and held a slim 6-3 half-time lead following a try-less first half.

While the two sides swapped five-pointers in the second term – to wingers Luke Morahan and Telusa Veainu – it was Zack Holmes’ conversion from out wide, in an unblemished goal-kicking display, that ultimately proved the difference.

The Force’s try against the run of play, when amidst sustained pressure from the Rebels inside the Force’s quarter, Marcel Brache raced out of the line to intercept a pass and put speedster Morahan away to score.

The Western Australian club finishes the season with three wins, two against reigning champions, the NSW Waratahs, and the final round victory over the Reblels.

“It was a lot of guts shown by the team. The Rebels have had a season similar to what we had last year and they were on a roll,” said coach Michael Foley.

“They had some very good wins here and coming into the game you’re well aware that they’re trying to make their home a fortress. “

“It was an important game for them with Scotty (Higginbotham) finishing up and having been such an instrumental player for them over the last couple of years and I’m just incredibly proud of our guys.”

“It’s been a tough year on the back of what was a good year last year. Fighting to the end and coming up with the win was very important to us.”

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