Foley: Force are making progress
Western Force coach Michael Foley said his side are making progress after a narrow one-point loss to the Chiefs in Pukekohe on Friday.
However, the chasms that separated the side were filled by inclement weather as both sides used a territorial tactic to great advantage.
The Force scored two tries to the hosts' one, both to Patrick Dellit, before they were downed 21-22.
Foley told reporters after the one-point defeat that he was proud of the boys' level heads after suffering a 1-7 penalty count after the opening quarter of the match.
"I thought the players remained pretty composed and got stuck into their work in difficult conditions and against tough opposition. I'm pretty proud of them tonight," said Foley.
The previous encounter between the two was also a relatively tight affair, with the Chiefs securing a 20-12 victory in Perth last year.
While his side had suffered a number of close defeats, the two wins came against previous Super Rugby champions, the Reds and Crusaders.
Foley said he believed his side had been developing nicely.
"We're restless about not getting results, and I think you sense that in the playing group as well.
"Six months ago they set a very high level for themselves. There's always that point in time where you wonder if they can go harder. Over the last month or so there's been a couple of times where it would've been easy to back off a bit, but they push harder.
"A performance like that suggests they're making progress."
While Foley expected observers would criticise side for their poor 2013 record that features two wins in 13 rounds, he said there was a need to go through this building period to better develop his side.
"They do what they say which is the most important thing. They're challenging themselves as much as I'm challenging them.
"We are ambitious. We're not satisfied with a loss but at the same time we recognise that there's progress being made."