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Foley praises 'phenominal' Force's character

Western Force coach Michael Foley

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Article Published: Saturday 12 April 2014|

Western Force coach Michael Foley has praised his team after they turned around a 43-21 loss earlier in the season by beating the Waratahs 28-16 at the ‘Force Field' (nib Stadium).

The Force stretched their winning streak to five matches as winger Nick ‘The Honey Badger' Cummins scored a hat trick of tries.

In front of a roaring 14,281-strong ‘Sea of Blue', the home side built the win on a rock wall defensive line with Cummins capitalising on the limited possession the Force received during the match.

Starved of possession throughout the first term, the Force held a narrow 13-9 lead at the break, with Cummins crossing for two of his three tries in the second half to extend the final margin to 12 points.

The win lengthens the Force's most consecutive wins in the club's history (5) and resulted in the club's first victory over the Waratahs in Perth.

Foley said his team was "phenomenal" and "showed a lot of character" in their first victory over the Waratahs in Perth.

"I think the thing we learned over the first two games -  and we had it reiterated to us when (former West Coast Eagles coach) John Worsfold came and spoke to us before the Highlanders game - was momentum won't always be your way but you have to hold each other accountable at those times so you can capitalise on it when it does come your way.

"We lived on the sniff of an oily rag to some extent tonight and when the opportunities came we pounced on them and that was a real credit to our guys. "

"They kept trying even though things weren't coming our way and they showed a lot of character.

"What is being reinforced every week is the more effort we put into those sorts of games, the better results we're getting. "

"If you go back and look at the last five games, we found different ways to get results and that's important for us."

The Force travel to Melbourne next week to take on the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Good Friday April the 18th.

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