Things going right for the Force despite loss
WATCHING the Force v Rebels' fixture on Saturday night I got to thinking, even though the Force lost the game, there are a few positives out West.
We all know that the Force are part of the Australian rugby family's well-meaning problem twins - the other of course being the Rebels.
But some things are going right over past the Nullarbor.
The new stadium, combined with a near capacity crowd and a spanking WA twilight combined for a visually attractive backdrop to the footy.
The weather, is, well, as consistent and predictable as the weather.
But even though the Force is still struggling with identity - and wins - the support the team generates from government and the public is remarkable.
Another positive to come from the game, not only for the future of the Force, but also Australian rugby, is a young fellow called Kyle Godwin.
We've got ourselves a future Wallaby here, people.
Now I know I've just put the mocker on the kid, adding to his challenges, but there is much to be excited about for Force and Wallaby fans in this Zimbabwean born, Western Australian local product.
Moving with his family to WA as an eight-year-old, Godwin is well and truly a product of the WA rugby system.
He first came to notice in 2009 as captain of the WA schoolboys, gaining selection in the Aussie schools' team that same year.
Snapped up by the Force the following year, the 20-year-old has made his way through the club's development system, making his Super Rugby debut last year, and solidifying his run-on spot this year.
Godwin's strength lies not only in his youth, but in his versatility.
There's not too much he can't do very, very well.
He can run, tackle, has rare hand-eye skills (his one-handed gather of a Rebels' clearing kick in the sixth minute of Saturday's game was sublime).
But that's not all.
After an injury to the Force's kicker, Silas Eberson, Godwin ups and kicks the penalty goal. He is destined to wear the Wallaby jersey, not necessarily in the 2013 'home' season, and more likely on the end of season European tour, or perhaps even in 2014.
And as a home-grown WA local, his progress is a strong asset for the Force.
Keeping a hold of him may be a challenge, but a challenge well worth the resources.
Some things are going right over in WA rugby.
They've got the stadium, the spectator support, the weather ... and they've got Kyle Godwin.