Western Force coach Michael Foley and captain Matt Hodgson say that the 2014 Super Rugby season was a good one even though they missed out on reaching the play offs.
The Perth Super Rugby season finished the regular season with a 47-25 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra and were denied a bonus point for scoring four tries on the hooter.
The Force ended their best ever Super Rugby season with nine wins compared to 2013's four wins and one draw. A tenth win in 2014 would have seen them through to the play offs.
Head Coach Michael Foley said he was proud of what his side has achieved this season.
"While we're disappointed with that performance tonight, it's pretty hard for any one performance to be the defining factor in the season," he said.
"When you look at a season's work, there's a fair bit that goes into it and it would be fairly narrow to look at any one game to decide whether it was a great season or a bad one.
"I think the guys have been outstanding this season. They've won more games than any other Force team in the club's history. To win last week and have the chance to make the final this week was our second goal and we fell short to a team that played very well.
"As much as we're disappointed now - and I'll speak from my own . They've taken a massive step towards things they could aspire to in the future."
Force captain Matt Hodgson said that despite the loss 2014 has been a great season for the Western Australian franchise.
"We've learned how to win consistently and it's now just a case of learning how to play those big games like tonight and we'll improve again next year," said Hodgson.
The result brings to an end the Force season that also featured the most consecutive wins in the club's history (five); the most home wins in club history (six); and the most consecutive home wins in club history (five).