Western Force coach John Mitchell believes the heroic draw with the Crusaders is an accurate indication of the progress his side has made in the Vodacom Super 14.
Speaking on Boots&All, Mitch stated the result was no fluke.
“It’s very pleasing for the group, but the biggest challenge is now we have to back that up and become more consistent.
“We’re learning and we’re getting better. We had a goal to be competitive and respected in the competition and we are well on the way to achieving that.
“The administration has been fantastic. The board is very progressive. There’s an enormous amount of energy and enthusiasm in the organisation. We’ll be looking to strengthen the depth of the squad going forward. We have a lot of young club players, and investment in those players is going to pay dividends over time.”
Mitchell spoke at his delight at his position as Force head coach.
“At this time of my life I like challenges, and I never thought for one minute I’d get the opportunity in Perth. I thought nationality would count against me, but I applied anyway, and was delighted to get the job.”
Mitchell’s Force face the Cats on Saturday in the wooden spoon battle, and have been buoyed in the week with news that Matt Giteau will turn out for the Perth side next year.
The figure speculated is astronomical, but Mitchell feigned ignorance when asked exactly how much Giteau would receive for his services.
“I’m not privy to that information, I just coach the footy team. I’m delighted we’ll have a player of his quality.”