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Force coach confident young side will grow

Phil Blake is confident about the Force's future

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Article Published: Saturday 14 July 2012|

Western Force Defence and Skills Coach Phil Blake says that the Force's second half performance against the Crusaders ensures that they would have a foundation to build on heading into 2013.

The Force outscored the Crusaders by 21 points to 6 during the second half in Christchurch but points conceded in the first half meant that the Force evntually lost 38-24

"We're a very young group," said Blake about the Force going forward.

"For the new coach coming in, looking at that last 40 minutes, it's not all doom and gloom. There's plenty there to work with and it's a nice way to end the season and something to hang your hat on moving forward.

"At half time the scoreboard was looking a little ugly on our behalf, but to the credit of our boys we stuck to it."

"We made a little promise to ourselves at half time that we would go out and win that second half and we did."

Speaking after his 92nd appearance for the West Australians, Sharpe said the Crusaders' first half performance was the most impressive he'd experienced this season.

"While we would have liked to win, it is what it is and I thought we finished strongly which is pleasing for the team moving forward next year," he said.

"We addressed our issues at the breakdown and we got some field position and didn't turn the ball over. The Crusaders are a very good team at turning the ball over and making the most of those opportunities, and they did that well in the first half.

"One of the hardest things over the past few weeks was that we had our final home game a few weeks ago and so it's been a pretty emotional three weeks for me, so I'm pretty weary from that.

"Every day someone's asking me what it's like for my last game and so in many ways I'm glad it's done and dusted but at the same time sad because I've had a fantastic time at the Force. "

"I've been there since the inception and seen so many good people come there and grow there and I'm confident that the guys who will be there next year will do a fantastic job."

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