Wednesday, January 25, 2017 8:37AM
Western Force will learn whether their pre-season training has been beneficial when they play their first trial match on Saturday.
And even though it will be teammate against teammate, captain Ben McCalman said there would be no holding back.
The Force squad will feature players from Perth Spirit’s NRC premiership side for the first “live” hit-out in Busselton, starting at 5.30pm.
The Force play a second trial game against Melbourne Rebels at Bond University on the Gold Coast on February 6.
“The boys will be ripping into each other,” McCalman said.
“You’ve got to go in with intensity to see if our pre-season has paid off. We’ll see if the plays, if the defence, are up to scratch.
“Anything that has got to be worked on has to be found out now so we can go into the first game humming.”
McCalman entered the pre-season after an enforced break, having twice broken a shoulder while playing for the Wallabies.
He broke a scapula in the 23-7 second-Test loss to England in June last year and re-injured it two months later in the 42-8 caning by New Zealand.
“It’s been a blessing in disguise. It allowed me to have a break and an actual pre-season which I haven’t had for a long time,” McCalman said.