Having seen off the Pumas in Witbank, Vodacom Western Province aim to upset the Sharks at Newlands this Saturday.
“I was very happy to come away with a victory,” WP captain Luke Watson told keo.co.za, “but we weren’t as precise as we wanted to be. It will take a few games for our combinations to settle.”
Watson was the star of 25-18 win over the Pumas, scoring two of WP’s three tries. The homeside fought bravely and were only let down by some some poor goal-kicking.
“I was particularly impressed with the way the WP youngsters performed on Friday,” said Watson. “All of them stood accountable under huge pressure. As a side we need a bit more time to gel, but we have made steady progress over the past few months.”
WP face a huge challenge against the Sharks, who are tipped to take the Currie Cup title this year.
“They are good side and have done a lot of good work in rebuilding their team over the past few years. Even at the youth academy level, their has been a lot of talent coming through. The loss of the Springboks will also do little to effect their team as they have great depth in the squad,” said Watson.
Having been a member of the Sharks team two years ago, Watson will be mindful of his old team-mates tricks, but believes that Butch James in particular could be a handful.
“I’ve played a lot with Butch, and he just brings another dimension to the game. He was a Springbok awhile ago but is still one of the best flyhalves in this country.”
By Jon Cardinelli