WESTERN FORCE – SUPER RUGBY SUPER START

A GREAT START TO THE FORCE'S SUPER RUGBY SEASON

The Western Force lived up to their name in Perth last weekend with a very good come from behind 34-27 win over the Melbourne Rebels in the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific.

We are very privileged to have as our guest on AbsolutelyFamous, Western Force CEO Tony Lewis.

Led by an inspirational performance off the bench from former All Blacks lock Jeremy Thrush, answering a late call to come out of retirement, Thrush galvanised his team who started slowly, slipping behind 10-24 at one stage.

The Western Force were amazingly the only home side to register a win in round one and the Blue Army certainly had plenty to cheer about by the finish and it was a result their CEO said was hugely important for their campaign.

Being World Cup year and with a new Wallabies arch Eddie Jones on board there is most definitely an extra incentive for the Australian players to perform and the change of coaches gives hope too many of those players left out by previous coach Dave Rennie.

Cometh The Hour, Cometh The Man - Jeremy Thrush

The dreaded injury curse hit the Western Force early. As well as star signing, Wallabies lock Isaac Rodder being unavailable, the late withdrawals of Wallabies hooker Folau Fainga’a and match-winning winger Manasa Mataele certainly didn’t help which makes this result even more meritorious.

Tony Lewis speaks highly of his head coach Simon Cron who he said is driving a culture of excellence in the club and their goal is most definitely to win the Super Rugby Pacific competition sooner rather than later.

Issak Fines-Leleiwasa added urgency and variation to the attack when he came on the 2nd half

Tony is a former Otago winger and was CEO of the highly successful Tasman Mako rugby union in New Zealand where his passion for developing local playing talent and coaching is what he’s wanting to achieve at the Western Force as well.

Tony kindly joined myself (John Alexander) for a chat about the opening round of Super Rugby Pacific and what the Western Force are about.

Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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