The Western Force has set off to South Africa this week for a two-week stint against the Cheetahs and the Stormers. These are the second and third games out of four games in a row of facing South African sides.
The Wild West was lucky enough to talk to flanker Angus Cottrell and second rower Adam Coleman after coming off a hard fought victory over the Bulls at the ‘Force Field’ (NIB Stadium).
Angus Cottrell knew that the Bulls physical forward pack would be very physical, saying their main objective was to simply stop their momentum.
“We knew they were coming into that game trying to run over the top of us,” Cottrell said.
Coleman knew the Bulls were going to be physical and the rain made for a tough game and said; “to come out with the win before heading over to South Africa gives us confidence.”
One negative aspect from the game against the Bulls however was the play in the lineout with Cottrell saying the lineout was nowhere near where they wanted it to be.“We need to put a lot of emphasis on our line-out. It’s more the execution of the lineout. Completing the lifts, making the right throw. It’s not who’s in the role, but how we call it,” he said.
Coleman believes they played well in the physical game and in regards to the lineout he said “Up against the Bulls, it’s always going to be a tough day at the office.”
Travelling over to South Africa the team looks very confident, and it seems that they have been since the win against the Rebels in round four. Angus Cottrell said, “Everyone believed within each other. You knew your team mate was going to have your back and you were [going to] have his.”
For Coleman it will be his first Super Rugby trip to South Africa and he said they are feeling pretty good. “[We] can’t under estimate these teams. They are still very physical teams and we are looking forward to the battle,” adding that they will be playing at altitude in Bloemfontein, which may make for a more difficult battle.
Cottrell said that realistically the Force would be happy to leave South Africa with a 1-1 split. “To get one or even two [wins] in South Africa is going to lead us in a good direction towards the end of the season.”
Both players have been named in the squad that will be playing this weekend against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. The game will kick off Saturday evening from Free State Stadium.