Captain Luke Watson was the difference when Western Province beat the Blue Bulls on Saturday.
Watson’s performance was exceptional and it is a complete mystery why he has failed to secure a spot in the Springboks Vodacom Tri-Nations squad. The tearaway flanker was immense as Province secured a 15-10 Absa Currie Cup win in Pretoria at the weekend.
The Bulls though have looked suspect this season and only victory over the Pumas next weekend will suffice if they hope to maintain their proud recent record in the Currie Cup.
Province beat the Blue Bulls 15-10 in a hard-fought Absa Currie Cup encounter at Loftus Versfeld at the weekend. “Province took us on up front and the game was very technical especially at scrum time,” Bulls coach Pote Human said.
Human singled Watson out as the difference on the day. “We have no excuses. When we woke up we were already 15-3 down. Luke played very well and he was definitely the best forward on the field.”
Watson led from the front as Province took the game to the visitors. “Luke played very well and his comprehensive display helped them get on the front foot,” said hooker Gary Botha, filling in for the injured Frikkie Welsh.
“Frikkie got a bash to the eye and it is totally swollen shut, but we are sure he will be available next weekend,” said Human.
The Bulls take on the hitherto winless Pumas in Witbank on Saturday and nothing less than a five point haul will do. The Bulls are fully aware of the importance of the match. They face the in-form Sharks in a fortnight at Loftus Versfeld and need to gain some momentum leading into that game.
By Andrew Hollely