Coach Foley pleased with the Force’s composure

Michael Foley has left the Western Force

Western Force head coach Michael Foley says that although he was disappointed to lose to the Brumbies in Canberra he was pleased with the team’s attitude.

The Force suffered their third loss out of four matches when they were beaten 27-15 by the Brumbies on Friday.

The home side held a 19-8 lead at the break, with the Force’s first-half try coming through returning club favourite, Nick ‘Honey Badger’ Cummins, who crashed over in the left-hand corner with his second touch of the ball.

The Force held the majority of ball throughout the match – rampaging lock Steve Mafi capitalising on the weight of possession with his side’s second try – but were unable to breach the Brumbies defence for a third time, with the ACT side running out four-tries-to-two-victors.

Western Force captain Sam Wykes says that he is proud of the effort put in by his fellow players but ultimately he was disappointed with the outcome.

“We fought right to the end to try and get something out of this game,” Wykes said after the match.

“The Brumbies are a quality team and they showed that in their defence tonight.”

Head coach Foley said that after last week’s loss to the Hurricanes the way the team played was important this week.

“This was a very important game for us because of our disappointment with last week in a lot of the aspects of what we did. It was very important that we responded. “

“If you don’t win, if you don’t execute as well as you’d like, clearly you walk away disappointed but the players tonight showed people what it means to play for each other and what it means to play in the jersey. That’s an absolute imperative and if you don’t have that, you have nothing.

“If you don’t win, it’s obviously not good enough, but it was much, much better in terms of our attitude. I thought we played quite well in the second half. “

“The Brumbies were red hot early and played some fantastic rugby, and we’ve seen that week in, week out. It got to a point where it could have slipped away [from us] but what I was really pleased about is that we remained composed in that moment. In the last couple of weeks we’ve got to that point when it could have gone either way and worried a bit and let the game slip. “

“What I was pleased with tonight was the way we remained composed and built back into the game.”

The Force will now return to Perth as they have their second home match this season next week when the Melbourne Rebels visit on Friday, 13 March.

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