Western Force fly-half Jono Lance believes that his team needs to embrace the atmosphere and play with freedom when they clash with the Rebels in Melbourne on Sunday.
Lance has been on the sidelines since undergoing surgery in order to repair a pectoral muscle tear which he sustained in round three of this year's Super Rugby tournament. However this has given him an opportunity to highlight what the team needs to focus on in order to get back to winning ways.
Lance told Fox Sports that the Force must take to the field with a relaxed attitude.
“We’ve got a lot to play for and we will be without (skipper) Matt (Hodgson) with a shoulder injury, but a lot has happened outside of rugby this week to keep the boys motivated,” said Lance.
“Pek (Cowan) can lead the team from the front, but the big message to the team is that they should enjoy the game, instead of getting too tense about trying to win it. They need to enjoy the moment and acknowledge why we play the game in the first place.”
Lance added that he was looking forward to watching his team in action on Sunday and upped the ante by saying that there is a big rivalry between the two local teams.
“Definitely there’s a big rivalry between both clubs, both of whom are really keen to show they belong in Super Rugby who will give it a good crack,” Lance said.
Lance is aiming to be back on the playing field in time for the team's last home game of the season, against the Stormers on July 9.