Vodacom Western Province coach Kobus van der Merwe realises much more is needed if his team is to win the Absa Currie Cup.
After watching his team secure a rare win over the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday, van der Merwe refused to get too excited. Far greater obstacles lie ahead, starting with this weekendâ€™s match in Cape Town against Rassie Erasmusâ€™s Cheetahs.
â€œIâ€™m just happy we pulled it off against the Bulls after last weekâ€™s defeat,â€ van der Merwe said. â€œWe knew it was going to be tough up at Loftus, but I think the guys were able to take a lot of confidence from the Sharks game.â€
Van der Merwe said his team were extra motivated after being written off in the media. â€œI think at times we played some really good rugby and there was a good energy to the game.â€
The fact that Province last won at Loftus back in 2001 meant the win on the weekend was extra special, said van der Merwe.
â€œWe outplayed the Bulls in several departments, especially in the first half. The second half didnâ€™t go on well, but the fact we held on for the win is great for us.
â€œThat said there is definitely room for improvement and one aspect we need to work on is that we didnâ€™t capitalise when they were down to 13 men. We used too many chips and grubbers and kicked the ball away when we should have held onto it.â€
Province face the undefeated defending champions at Newlands next weekend. â€œThe Cheetahs are definitely the in-form team at the moment so that will not be easy.â€ After three rounds, the Cheetahs top the log with 15 points, followed by the Sharks on 14 â€“ both teams have won all their matches.
The Bulls and WP complete the top four, equal on 10 points.
By Andrew Hollely