Trounced Force face test of character


Western Drive coach Tim Sampson is assured his staff’s famed resilience will assist them rebound strongly from Friday night time’s 43-6 trouncing by the hands of the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes ran in seven tries to nil within the one-sided romp, with the Drive’s first recreation in NZ since 2017 proving to be a painful affair.

Issues gained’t get any simpler for the Perth-based franchise, who face NZ champions the Crusaders in Christchurch subsequent Friday.

The Drive had been thumped 42-14 by the Brumbies in Spherical 6 of Tremendous Rugby AU earlier than profitable the subsequent three video games in thrilling style to safe a maiden finals berth.

Sampson is assured his staff will rebound strongly once more.

“That can sting a bit for certain,” Sampson advised AAP concerning the loss to the Hurricanes.

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“I stated to the fellows it’s a check of true character each as people and as a staff the way you bounce again.

“We’ve been a resilient group, and I’m certain we’ll handle that recreation fairly rapidly after which get again into an excellent preparation.

“They’re a robust group. We’re vastly upset with the sport. We will play higher.

“At one level there it was 23-6 and we had been urgent their line. If we get a strive there it could have been 23-13 and will have steamrolled residence, nevertheless it wasn’t to be.”

The Crusaders gained Tremendous Rugby Aotearoa for a second straight season this 12 months and loom because the staff to beat within the Trans-Tasman competitors.

Sampson stated the Drive will relish the problem.

“It’s all thrilling for our membership, as a result of we haven’t performed in opposition to these guys for 4 years,” Sampson stated.

“The chance now we have sporting the Drive jersey enjoying Tremendous Rugby in opposition to NZ groups is implausible.

“There’s guys right here who would have been watching the Crusaders play for a variety of years in Tremendous Rugby and doubtless thought they may not get the chance to play in opposition to them.

“Now they do.”



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