FORCE READY FOR HISTORIC OCCASION
The Western Force are just a day away from another historic moment in their 2021 campaign, as they get set for the inaugural Super Rugby Trans-Tasman season opener at HBF Park tomorrow night against the Chiefs.
The Round 1 clash will mark the first Super Rugby match between the Force and New Zealand opposition since 2017, a significant moment that is certainly not lost on captain Kyle Godwin.
“It’s exciting to be back playing the Kiwi sides again. It’s four years since we last faced off against each other. Everyone knows how much quality is in those Kiwi teams, so for us to challenge ourselves against the best is something the boys are really excited about,” the homegrown star explained.
“We’re playing some of the best opposition and players in the world, so that’s an exciting challenge.
“It’s great news that it’s 100% capacity for the boys tomorrow night. I’m sure it’s going to be a fully packed stadium and we’re looking forward to it.”
Head coach Tim Sampson shared Godwin’s enthusiasm with the government’s announcement that HBF Park will be at full capacity for the match-up.
“It’s wonderful to be back playing against New Zealand teams and to get the news yesterday to get as many people at HBF Park as possible is fantastic,” he said.
“Jake (McIntyre) is a player that likes to challenge the line and I think with someone like Henry Taefu outside him with Kyle (Gowdin) in the 13 jersey, who runs great lines, hopefully, they can create some opportunities for us.”