Western Province flyhalf Peter Grant plans to play a more defining role in his side’s quest for the Currie Cup title.
Province have not won South Africa’s premier provincial competition since beating the Sharks in the 2001 final, and have stumbled at the semi-final stage over the last two years. To make matters worse, the Stormers struggled in the Super 14, finishing 11th on the log.
“A lot of it was my fault,” Grant told keo.co.za of his team’s failure this year. “My communication on the field wasn’t great. You can say that it’s inexperience, but when it comes down to it, it was me who could have made the difference.”
WP have been criticised in the past for their cavalier approach, but Grant believes it remains one of their virtues.
“Look at the Sharks. They have done well and will be the side to beat in the Currie Cup, as their willingness to throw the ball around is their major strength,” he explained.
Grant was slated by critics earlier in the regional competition for his poor boot. He subsequently focused on his kicking game, and towards the end of the season was far more accurate, ending with a total of 102 points in front of the likes of Derick Hougaard and Meyer Bosman, two Springbok kickers.
“I’ve worked on my kicking game, but now I want to concentrate on my attacking play and my presence on the field,” he said.
Some fans may worry that WP’s chances in the Currie Cup are not great, as out of the four other South African franchises they only managed to beat the hapless Cats.
Grant does not believe that the Capetonians are falling behind the other big unions upcountry.
“We made it to the semis last year but we are not in the competition just to make it to the semis. We want to win the cup.”
By Jon Cardinelli