Force U20s aiming to finish on high

Patrick Foulkes
by Patrick Foulkes

The Western Force U20s will be chasing their first win of the Super U20s Championship with the fifth and final round to kick off this weekend.  

Hosting the NSW Gen Blue U20s side in Perth, the young Force outfit are hoping to knock off the team from Sydney following on from their loss last week to the Melbourne Rebels. 

The NSW team were stunned by the pace of the Rebels outside backs who countered quickly to score two intercept tries to run away with the match 39-26. 

For Western Force Head Coach Dwayne Nestor, his side is aiming to finish the competition with a wet sail. 

“We are excited for the clash. We have picked a couple of new faces in the squad to see what they can do, so we’ll see what happens on Saturday.

“I dare say they’ll come with vengeance and we expect them to turn up very motivated to win.”  

With the Western Force side to play its last match for the season, Nestor reflected on the performance of the Perth based team.   

“We set our sights on winning two games and being competitive in the Super U20s competition. It can go either way if you’re off a little bit you are bound to lose a game. 

“We are disappointed with our Rebels and Brumbies matches because we thought we were capable of winning those games. 

“The Reds match got away from us a bit and we probably weren’t as competitive as what we would have liked to have been.” 

There is hope for the future for the Western Force U20s with most of the team this year eligible for next season’s competition as Nestor explained.  

“I’ve been quite excited for the coming years. With the amount of young guys we have looking forward for us we have next year and the year after that are looking quite positive for us. 

“It’s been brilliant for those young guys to get that experience this year and they’ll be so much better for it for next year. 

“We’ll pick a targeted group to keep working on the program through the year so that they are ready to go for next season." 

The Western Force U20s play NSW Gen Blue U20s at University of Western Australia Sports Ground on Saturday 26 March at 4.30pm AWST.    

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