Force coach Foley not keen on Tahs talk

By Chris Pike, Chris Pike is a Roar Guru

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    Western Force coach Michael Foley has no interest in pumping up his return to Sydney to face the NSW Waratahs for the first time this Sunday, solely focusing on keeping the Perth-based Super Rugby franchise improving.

    Foley spent the last four years with the Waratahs, including as coach in 2012, but if he feels there’s any added significance to Sunday’s Allianz Stadium, he’s not letting on.

    The Force have won just once from five games so far this season, but it was a supremely victory over Queensland before last Saturday night’s 19-10 loss to the Cheetahs in Perth.

    The Waratahs scored a thrilling win over the Blues last Sunday, but Foley was not prepared to say much much more than they’re playing well.

    “They have plenty of threats and are playing good footy. I want to see our team take a step forward from last week,” Foley said.

    “Our defence is slowly getting stronger and stronger, but the key point for us out of the game is that our attack has to be more disciplined with how we look after the ball, and the decisions we make are crucial for us to build pressure in the game.”

    The Force have had some mixed news on the injury front with hooker Nathan Charles ruled out of the rest of the season with a knee problem.

    However, Ben Whittaker returns to help Heath Tessman in that role while Sian Ebersohn (hip) and Pek Cowan (ribs) trained strongly on Tuesday after copping knocks on Saturday night.

    “It looks like we have been a bit lucky again albeit Nathan’s injury is disappointing. The rest of the guys seemed to have pulled up pretty well,” he said.

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    Chris Pike
    Chris Pike

    Chris Pike grew up in Geelong, has now lived almost half his life in Perth and while having covered virtually every sport to some degree, basketball and the NBL has become a specialty of his. With several years as Perth Wildcats media manager, working with the NBL and writing for AAP, Sportal and News Limited, he has seen it all over the past decade and isn't afraid to express an opinion.

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    The Crowd Says (6)

    • March 27th 2013 @ 9:34am
      Flying 14 said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Bad news about Cheese but great news if Sias and Cowan are fit. I can’t wait to see Alcock vrs Hooper. Should be s good battle! I hope both tea play some good rugby.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 12:02pm
      nickoldschool said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:02pm | ! Report

      Reckon Foley has the Tahs match on his calendar for the last 6 months and so should he.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 12:06pm
      Flying 14 said | March 27th 2013 @ 12:06pm | ! Report

      I just hope Foley gets the boys really fired up for this one. The Tahs will want payback for last year.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 4:25pm
      Blue Blood said | March 27th 2013 @ 4:25pm | ! Report

      Hooper vs Hodgson. With Alcock as the impact player. Hodgson needs to start to lead the team. Cowan doesn’t appear to have the talk and natural leadership that Hodgson has in spades. hodgson’s impact off the bench last week coming back from injury compared to Alcock who played most of the game was far superior. not sure Alcock knows innately where he needs to be during running play. As a result he decreases his involvement in the game. On the flip side Hodgson reads it like a book. I think Hodgson works better with the his peers than Alcock. this is likely die to his experience advantage at Super and international level. What a great 7s competition.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 8:47pm
      Malo said | March 27th 2013 @ 8:47pm | ! Report

      Hessman and delit played great for easts last year, good luck for the force, lots of sydney players coming home such as the manly crew as well. should be close game. Foleys half time speeches dont seem to work.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 9:02pm
      Matthew Skellett said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:02pm | ! Report

      I don’t want to be too negativo but I’m putting the family house on Foley not completing the season ๐Ÿ™‚

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