Force head home with Super Rugby finals in sight

The Western Force feel like they are in the box to make a real dent in the AU Super Rugby final after claiming victory over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night in Melbourne.

The Force won 16-15, only taking the lead in the 77th minute at AAMI Park after Tim Anstee’s try was converted by Domingo Miotti.

“We didn’t really assert any dominance in any area of ​​the game, but we were confident we could still get the job done,” said coach Tim Sampson.

“It was a very crucial game to win and the next few weeks are in our hands now – we know what level we can reach.

The victory moved the Force level up the scale of competition with the Rebels, with two innings remaining.

The Force will play those two games – against the NSW Waratahs and the Queensland Reds – at home in Perth, where they hope to build a wave of support to join the Reds and Brumbies in the three-team finals.

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The Rebels play the Brumbies in Melbourne then the Waratahs in Sydney.

“We have two home games in front of our big fans… it’s well organized for us and the guys know where we’re headed,” Sampson said.

While Sampson rated their defensive effort – preventing the Rebels from scoring a try – as one of their best, but said they still had a lot to work on.

As well as losing some crucial rosters, he felt their offense would improve with more time, after a number of personnel changes.

“We need more continuity and fluidity in our attack, but I don’t think you can underestimate the amount of change we’ve had,” Sampson said.

The Force sustained a serious injury with winger Byron Ralston who left the field after being knocked out in a tackle.

“He’s a bit of a con artist in the locker room, poor bastard,” Sampson said.

“He should be fine.”


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