Horan-Little shield starts its tour
The Western Force will be taking the Horan-Little Shield with them when they play the Melbourne Rising, a match that Kieran Longbottom is certain will challenge the team.
“It’s going to be a really good challenge, it’s another opportunity to really grow as a team and we have to use this game to get these points and grow from this game,” he said.
The Force have held the Green and Gold fan website’s shield since its predecessors, the Perth Spirit, won it last year.
After two successful home game wins, the Force will now take the shield on tour putting it up to be won at both home and away games.
With the added silver-wear up for grabs, the Force are looking to continue improving their game, especially in their scrums.
“We’ve been chasing a really high level. You want to chase the best in the world.”
The 33-year-old prop attributes the quality of depth in the Force to hard work and said the finishers are crucial to getting the team over the line.
“They’re not the bench, they’re the finishers,” he said.
“They bring a lot of energy and they really close the game out well.
“It just shows the hard work that everyone has been putting in.”
Longbottom said the sprint-like NRC season has had him on his toes to see what would happen next.
“That’s the thing with this sprint tournament, it’s exciting isn’t it?” he said.
“You look at the table and you look how close everyone is and it’s genuinely exciting.”