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Western Force get well earned rest after sweet success


Nathan Charles

Nathan Charles

Nathan Charles

This week we have enjoyed our first bye of the season. Having been put through three particularly physical matches in the past three weeks, there are a lot of tired and sore bodies within the squad and the bye is very timely.

The coaches have given us a few days off to freshen up which gives guys the chance to spend quality time with their families, others a chance to catch up with Mum and Dad, while a few even take the opportunity to get away and put their feet up before resuming training at the end of the week.

Taking advantage of the chance to rejuvenate during the season is vital. We have great coaching and athletic development staff that assist to monitor how our bodies are travelling and what is the best course of action for the bye week.

Having been at ‘the Home of the Western Force’ during the week and having spoken to a number of supporters after the match and since then, it’s fantastic to see everyone still buzzing after our win over the Chiefs.

I have been here since 2010, this was the first time I have been a part of a winning Force team against the Chiefs.

We have been working extremely hard for a long time now and to defeat such a high quality and star-studded team like the Chiefs is great reward for the work that has gone on last year, during the pre-season and into 2014.

Saturday’s tense finish was followed by sheer jubilation when the final whistle was blown. I was so excited I found myself jumping from player to player not knowing who to hug next to congratulate and celebrate with.

Our lock, Wilhelm Steenkamp, clearly felt the same way but in his attempt to embrace every team member accidentally grabbed a hold of the Chiefs’ Tom Marshall.

While I’m sure the Chiefs centre was hardly in the mood to celebrate, he was kind enough to play along (possibly not least of which was due to Wilhelm’s imposing two-metre frame!)

Saturday night’s match was again a reflection of the strong belief we are developing within the group. Being able to close out the 18-15 result after leading by the same margin with 18 minutes to go against the reigning champions was a feather in the cap for our team.

In previous years we may have been guilty of letting those leads slip, and there’s no doubt this gives the squad further confidence moving forward.

In saying that, we still have a long season ahead of us. While we’ve been pleased with our recent performances, our coach Michael Foley has correctly pointed out that we still haven’t achieved the four wins and a draw we did last year.

We can’t afford to get ahead of ourselves and we know that the tired sporting cliché of ‘a week at a time’ must ring true if we’re going to realise the success that we want to.

Once we return from the bye our attention turns to playing the Queensland Reds in Brisbane.

It’s always a great challenge coming up against the domestic teams; and with more than just Australian pride on the line, we know that toppling fellow countrymen assists helping climb within the Australian conference.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 35vs FJI 11 Report Stats
TGA 10vs GEO 17 Report Stats
IRE 50vs CAN 7 Report Stats
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 32vs JPN 34 Report Stats
FRA 32vs ITA 10 Report Stats
SAM 25vs USA 16 Report Stats
WAL 54vs URU 9 Report Stats
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 26vs ARG 16 Report Stats
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 45vs JPN 10 Report Stats
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 28vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 38vs ROM 11 Report Stats
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 58vs NAM 14 Report Stats
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 54vs GEO 9 Report Stats
ITA 23vs CAN 18 Report Stats
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 46vs SAM 6 Report Stats
ENG 25vs WAL 28 Report Stats
AUS 65vs URU 3 Report Stats
SCO 39vs USA 16 Report Stats
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 44vs ROM 10 Report Stats
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 35vs NAM 21 Report Stats
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 23vs FJI 13 Report Stats
FRA 41vs CAN 18 Report Stats
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 43vs GEO 10 Report Stats
SAM 5vs JPN 26 Report Stats
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 34vs SCO 16 Report Stats
ENG 13vs AUS 33 Report Stats
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 45vs TGA 16 Report Stats
IRE 16vs ITA 9 Report Stats
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 15vs ROM 17 Report Stats
FJI 47vs URU 15 Report Stats
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 64vs USA 0 Report Stats
NAM 16vs GEO 17 Stats
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 47vs TGA 9 Report Stats
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 33vs SCO 36 Report Stats
AUS 15vs WAL 6 Report Stats
ENG 60vs URU 3 Stats
ARG 64vs NAM 19 Report Stats
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 32vs ROM 22 Report Stats
FRA 9vs IRE 24 Report Stats
USA 18vs JPN 28 Report Stats
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs WAL 0 02:00Twic
NZL 0vs FRA 0 06:00MilS
IRE 0vs ARG 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
AUS 0vs SCO 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 4 4 0 0 106 17
Wales 4 3 1 0 49 13
England 4 2 2 0 58 11
Fiji 4 1 3 0 -17 5
Uruguay 4 0 4 0 -196 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
South Africa 4 3 1 0 120 16
Scotland 4 3 1 0 43 14
Japan 4 3 1 0 -2 12
Samoa 4 1 3 0 -55 6
USA 4 0 4 0 -106 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
New Zealand 4 4 0 0 125 19
Argentina 4 3 1 0 109 15
Georgia 4 2 2 0 -70 8
Tonga 4 1 3 0 -60 6
Namibia 4 0 4 0 -104 1
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Ireland 4 4 0 0 99 18
France 4 3 1 0 57 14
Italy 4 2 2 0 -14 10
Romania 4 1 3 0 -69 4
Canada 4 0 4 0 -73 2
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