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Graham : Soft try was a real killer for the Force

Western Force coach Richard Graham

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Article Published: Saturday 14 April 2012|

Western Force Coach Richard Graham says a soft try and some untimely turnovers were the reasons behind his team's 18-23 loss to the Waratahs.

The Force allowed Dave Dennis to slip through at the front of a lineout and score for a five pointer for the Waratahs and Graham says that Dennis' soft try played a big part in the loss.

"That was certainly a killer for us," said Graham after the match.

"You defend so well for a crucial five or six minute period and then concede a try like that, ultimately it has a huge bearing on the outcome."

"We thought at 10-3 at half time we certainly were in with a really good show if we did a few things that we wanted."

Graham said that it was pleasing to see his troops fight their way back into the match and even take the lead in the second half.

"There was a lot of composure going in to half time but the try immediately following the break did hurt."

"It was certainly pleasing to see the resolve of the boys to fight back, and one thing that has never been in question is the character of the group at the Western Force, however we just lacked some of the detail in our game."

Waratahs coach Michael Foley said that he was pleased to come away from Perth with a win especially since the victory comes straight after the bye which can catch teams out.

"I think we played some really good rugby in the first 40 minutes but there were a couple of decisions we made that let them back in the game at crucial times in that third 20 minutes of the match," said Foley afterwards.

"We trained very hard over the last two weeks. The guys were disappointed not performing against the Chiefs and they worked very, very hard in training."

"I think to come out after a bye is always a difficult thing but to have a week off probably helped us in the end to finish stronger than the Force, who obviously played last week."

With half of the campaign remaining, Force coach Graham said the season was still very much of their own making when it came to conference standings.

"There are eight games to go and a lot of points on offer, it's up to us really where we'll finish. We're going to roll up our sleeves and fight and give a good account of ourselves that's for certain," Graham said.

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