FORCE FULL OF EXCITEMENT AHEAD OF SEMI FINAL
The Western Force is continuing to prepare for their inaugural Super Rugby finals appearance this Saturday against the ACT Brumbies in Canberra.
Having become synonymous with the Force since initially joining the club in 2014, scrumhalf Ian Prior is thrilled to be a part of this special occasion.
“I’m pinching myself that we’re here this week preparing for a Super Rugby Semi Final. It feels like just rewards for everything the club has gone through and all the people that are here currently and through the past,” Prior explained.
“We’re a young club with a 15-year history and to be able to reach our first Super Rugby Semi Final is really special. It’s going to be surreal running out there on Saturday night.”
Former All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush echoed Prior’s thoughts and insists the squad is confident heading into the clash.
“I feel there’s a really great purpose within the group and we’re focused on what we want to achieve as a team and as an organisation,” Thrush said.
“The growth we’ve had in the last four weeks has been great. It’s funny what a few wins can do to the mentality of a team and how you go about it. We’ve found a rhythm.”
Experienced former Wallabies prop Greg Holmes is no stranger to Super Rugby finals campaigns, having won the title alongside Prior with the Queensland Reds in 2011.
“Experience does help. You look around the group and we’ve got a lot of young guys and players set to have their first taste of finals footy. It’s important to put an arm around them and help them along the way,” Holmes said.
“The role of the older players is to keep things calm and ensure we focus on the things you need to focus on.
“When you get that momentum, teams are hard to stop. We’re in that situation now where we’ve got momentum with us and guys are gaining confidence, which is exactly what you want heading into a Semi Final.”