Pocock carries Force to Super Rugby win
Every reason that the Western Force is desperate to re-sign star Wallabies flanker David Pocock was on display in Saturday night’s drought breaking Super Rugby win over the Lions.
Pocock put the team on his back – literally – for the 17-11 victory at nib Stadium.
The 24-year-old was simply outstanding all night long not only at the breakdown, but he also gave some good run and drive and scored the eighth try of his Super Rugby career as he carried four Lions defenders with him over the line in the 57th minute.
The Force’s dominance was eventually rewarded with another try to winger Napolioni Nalaga in the 70th minute as well, on the way to the team’s third win of the season – and first since March 31. It was also the first win since former coach Richard Graham departed.
Interim Force coach Phil Blake couldn’t speak more highly of the efforts of Pocock.
“We all know how David plays and the inspiration that he is, and this game was no different to what he does on any other night,” Blake said.
“We are proud of what he has done here at the club in leading us over all of this year, but particularly since Richard has left.
“He’s done a fantastic job and he does a lot of work off the field in a lot of different areas.
“I’m just happy for the kid that this week we reaped the benefits and got the win not only for him but for all 22 players.”
Pocock’s first Super Rugby coach, and current Lions boss, John Mitchell couldn’t help but note that Pocock’s role in his team not being able to beat the Force – along with the likes of Nathan Sharpe, Richard Brown and Matt Hodgson.
“It was disappointing for us, but I thought the Force’s internationals and big game players stepped up in that second half,” Mitchell said.
“As a result of us dropping off in intensity, we were defending and couldn’t dominate any field position.”
Pocock himself didn’t want to be drawn on his future at the club or his own performance, but his current form ensures he will be ready to fire for the Wallabies in June in matches against Scotland and Wales with the Force having the bye next week.© AAP 2013
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