Consistent improvements motivate Force ahead of Waratahs clash
The Western Force will be looking to continue their improving form by turning the tables on the NSW Waratahs when they meet again on Friday night.
In their first outing of the season against the Waratahs, the Force made a fantastic start, racing into a 14-0 lead through two tries by winger Byron Ralston. Since then, head coach Tim Sampson has been impressed by his team’s consistent improvement in all aspects of their game, especially the mental toughness the players have shown in pressure situations.
The Force scrum and lineouts have been strong, with locks Jeremy Thrush and Fergus Lee-Warner ensuring a good share of quality possession whilst adding some grunt and powerful carries.
The back row of Henry Stowers, Tevin Ferris and Brynard Stander has been consistently tireless, testing rival defences with some hard running and competing fiercely at the breakdown.
Since the last outing against the Waratahs, we have seen consistent performances amongst the backs. Experienced halfbacks Jono Lance and Nick Frisby have developed into a strong combination, providing stability and composure, and laying a solid platform for attack with skipper Ian Prior having been sidelined since the Round .
Ralston has been outstanding, showing great speed and predatory skills to run in four tries in the four outings to date.
In the most recent clash against the Rebels, veteran All Black centre Richard Kahui and Wallaby Kyle Godwin have added stability and an attacking edge in midfield that will test their Waratahs counterparts.
“We’re raring to go this week,” Godwin stated.
“We’re so close to getting that win. We’ve been playing some great rugby and haven’t been rewarded yet, but we’ll keep pushing, keep ticking along and I’m sure the win will come soon,” the 28-year-old added.
The Force take on the Waratahs on Friday night at Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast with kick-off at 5:05pm AWST. Watch the game live on Fox Sports and Kayo.
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