Perth’s Force lose first ever match 29 -19



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Coach John Mitchell was encouraged by the way his team expressed themselves. “We wanted the guys to have a go and not be inhibited,” Mitchell said. “You can’t win a flag playing one dimensional rugby; this team’s not here to come second.”

“The team has got self belief and they’ll give it a crack.”

Tai McIsaac, who captained the side said, “Considering the experince we had, we did really well at the set piece,” McIsaac said. “We gave it to them on their feed (into the scrum), and sometimes on ours.”

Cheetahs coach Rassie Erasmus told the South African Keo website, “It was a great effort to come back from 14-3 (after 20 minutes),” . “Some people questioned the value of playing a pre-season fixture in Australia, but it was a fantastic experience for the guys. They also had no problems with jet lag, which was pleasing.”

The Emirates Westen Force will now travel to Melbourne and Auckland for away trial games against the Crusaders and Blues respectively.

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