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Force coach Foley praises his players work rate

Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley

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Article Published: Saturday 4 May 2013|


Western Force Head Coach Michael Foley says that his side's work rate against the Reds was crucial in denying the Queenslanders a victory.

The Force and the Reds played to an 11 all draw with one try and two penalties from both sides.

"We were playing a side that scored three tries against the Brumbies - they're a very, very good attacking side and I thought the defence was the cornerstone of our performance," he said.

"Defence and the breakdown are the two things you measure character by and we were very strong in that area tonight."

The Force opened the scoring on the 20-minute mark when winger Nick Cummins, in his return match from injury, charged onto an Alby Mathewson box kick to put his side on the attack inside the Reds' quarter.

Flyhalf Sias Ebersohn doubled the lead with a second penalty five minutes later before the Reds were able to get on the scoreboard.

However the Reds responded with a penalty goal of their own through Quade Cooper to draw back the half-time deficit to 6-3.

After the break the Force extended their lead when Cummins capitalised on an opportunity to counter attack, bursting down the left wing before offloading to Ben McCalman, who scored his first try of the season.

The Reds kept in touching distance with another Quade Cooper penalty and then TMO Peter Marshall awarded Reds replacement Chris Feauai-Sautia with the side's first try of the evening to draw the scores level - and finalise the scoring - with six minutes remaining.

Foley said that the performance augured well for the development of his young side.

"I thought that (performance) was outstanding character," he said.

"A lot of teams - through the disappointment of last week and having to travel back - wouldn't have bounced back as well as we did.

"This team keeps working, keeps doing what it's doing and reinforcing those things around character and what it means to play with each other and they're in a good position pushing forward over the next couple of years."

The Western Force will travel to New Zealand on Monday before taking on the Chiefs in Pukekohe on Friday.

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