After a 31-21 victory over the ACT Brumbies, the Western Force will look to back up their strong pre-season performance when they face the Asia-Pacific Dragons in Perth.
The victory over the Brumbies shows a promising start to the West Australian side’s 2015 campaign, after not facing a Super Rugby side at all in the 2014 pre-season.
Western Force back Sias Ebersohn started the game wearing the number 10 jersey, and will likely be the face we see wearing the jersey for the rest of the season.
The 25 year-old South African born fly half said he was happy with the up-tempo style of play the Force put forward.
“We are always looking to up the tempo,” he said.
“If we can go out there and play a tempo the opposition can’t handle it’s always good, but it’s all about how we start and how we play out of it.
“We put a big emphasis on starting well, winning the battle early, the set pieces, the kick offs; it’s how we play out of that.
“We need to put ourselves up with a good set piece and a foundation to play out of.
“That’s going to be the same for the start of every game regardless of whom we play.”
This season young, up and coming fly half Zac Holmes, a former ACT Brumbies player from the Associates Rugby Club will back up Ebersohn, hopefully creating a dynamic fly half duo.
“Zac is not my enemy, he’s my team mate. It takes two good quality fly halves to perform on the field,” said Ebersohn.
“It’s tough to play 80 minutes every game. He helps me with a lot of my game, and I help him with a lot of his game.
“I think the good thing about it is it’s all about the team, it’s not about who gets the starting jersey.”
Ebersohn will likely be starting at fly half this weekend against the Asia-Pacific Dragons, saying it’s hard to tell what the opposition will bring.
“They’re a combination team, so sometimes they can come out here and link on the day, and just play really well, so like any other game we need to be up for the challenge.”
“This is our last pre-season game going into the Waratahs, so that fine little detail that we need to work on and get fixed before the Waratahs is crucial for us at this time of the season.”
Catch Sias and the Western Force this Saturday, the 31st of January at McGillivray Sports Park. Tickets from the Team Store (203 Underwood Ave Floreat) or at the gate.