Watson’s Sharks slayers
26 Jun 2006
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