Time in Perth crucial to prepare for South China Tigers
After just a few days back in Perth, the Force are preparing to travel to Hong Kong for the final game of the Rapid Rugby Showcase Series against the South China Tigers.
The time back has been invaluable for many players, with Brynard Stander saying it is crucial for the boys to rest, recover and enjoy their families before their next clash.
“I think the most important thing for us this week is to refresh mentally, and for the boys to be back in their own beds, be around their family and try to get back to their normal routine,” Stander said.
“We just have to hit the reset button, being away for that long is hard on the body and mind as well. The quicker we can hit the reset button and focus on the next challenge, the better.”
With one match remaining in the Asia Series, Stander said the results so far are something the team should be very proud of.
“The results that we got there was almost exactly what we were looking for,” Stander said.
“Before we left, one of our main goals was to get three from three, we managed to get two from three which is something to be very proud of.”
For the club to finish the Asia Showcase Series on a high is very important with Stander saying the boys are going into Sunday’s game as an even tighter group than before.
“It was a very long tour, but it was very good for the team for a proper first trip together. A lot of bonding happening, and it was good to spend some time together,” Stander said.
Whilst playing against the Asia Pacific Dragons in Singapore wasn’t the same as playing at HBF Park, Stander was impressed by the support of the fans at the stadium and over social media and is looking forward to seeing them again in Hong Kong.
“It was different because we weren’t back home at HBF Park, in front of our usual 15,000 regular fans, but it was good to see we got a group of about 30 diehard fans came on tour to support us, it was lovely to see,” Stander said.
“I had my family there in the third week in Singapore too, I’ve got a brother-in-law who lives over there to, so the small half of my family came over to support me, so it was a good result for us to be able to get away with a win.”