Force must stay focused – Cowan

Date published: July 9 2014

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Western Force prop Pek Cowan believes his team can reach the play-offs but only if they don't get ahead of themselves this weekend.

Western Force prop Pek Cowan believes his team can reach the play-offs but only if they don't get ahead of themselves this weekend.

The men from Perth face the Brumbies in an Australian derby in Canberra with the winners assured of a place in the play-offs.

But although reaching the play-offs would be the greatest achievement in the Force's history, Cowan is just keen to beat the Brumbies.

“It's massive,” Cowan told Reuters.

“If we start looking at the bigger picture before we win this game, it'll be a huge mistake.

“We're definitely looking forward to the opportunity, the fairytale is very far from being complete and if we win there's still plenty of work to be done.”

The Force are determined to shed their tag as perennial Super Rugby strugglers and reaching the play-offs would help in achieving that goal.

They are currently in seventh spot on the table and their campaign brought them more highlights than usual, including a a franchise record five-match winning streak which played a huge part in putting them in contention for a play-off place.

“It's been awesome,”added Cowan.

“We've ticked a lot of boxes this season and passed a lot of milestones. It's been unreal and quite humbling.

“The main thing is just to keep our heads (on Friday) and not to let the occasion get to us. Just to respond when things get tough out on the field.

“We've had games where we've come close (at Canberra Stadium), where we've won and where we've struggled down there.

“We've definitely got the capacity to win away from home which has given us a lot of confidence.”

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