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Foley pleased with the way the Force responded

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Western Force coach Michael Foley says that he was pleased to see the way his team responded from their loss to the Blues by beating the Reds 30-20 at the ‘Force Field’ (nib Stadium).

The Western Force have set up what looks to be a “must win” match against the Brumbies in Canberra if they are to progress in the Super Rugby play offs.

The Force responded to last week’s loss to the Blues by running in three tries to claim the club’s sixth win at home for 2014 in front of a vocal 11,762 crowd.

Man of the match Sam Wykes and Hugh McMeniman led the Force forwards against an experienced Queensland pack, while centre Chris Tuatara-Morrison proved dangerous, creating several opportunities through the midfield.

Crowd favourite Nick Cummins had a heavy bearing on the match, scoring the Force’s first try and proving ruthless in his kick-chase.

Head Coach Michael Foley said he was pleased with his side’s ability to bounce back from last weekend’s disappointment.

“We had to respond after last week and I thought the guys did a great job of that,” said Foley.

“We were running out of legs at the end of that game but we kept fighting and the guys kept getting up and making tackles. We used almost everybody off our bench and they all had an impact on the game.

“I thought the way we played early was really good. I thought the work at the breakdown was excellent and the speed at which we carried the ball at them was great.”

“There were some unforced errors in the second half, and certainly playing what is effectively a final next week, we’ll need to be better in those areas.

“From an overall perspective, I was just so pleased that the guys went out there and got stuck in there from the start. Certainly as the game progressed, we were looser around a couple of details that we need to be better at.

“Overall, coming out of the three-week break, last week was a scratchy performance, tonight was better and next week has to be better again.”

“That’s the important thing to understand – being a little bit better each week.”

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