Patience to beat Province

Patience is the key if the Valke are going to upset Vodacom Western Province in an Absa Currie Cup match in Brakpan tonight.

Valke coach John Williams has stressed the point during training sessions this week following his teams’ defeat to the Lions last weekend.

“We kicked away too much ball and if we do that against Western Province, they will punish us,” Williams told “We need to show a far greater degree of patience.”

“Against the Lions we kicked when perhaps we should have kept the ball in hand. We will still use our tactical kicking game, but it must be emplyed at the right time.”

Province is looking a very balanced team at the moment and their physical edge cannot be discounted. It was a factor the Blue Bulls struggled with a fortnight ago.

“Not only do they have the power up front, but they also boast great speed on the outside.” Province coach Kobus van der Merwe has stacked his bench with an extra forward to combat the Valke’s strength.

And Province is on something of an upward curve having downed the Blue Bulls and Cheetahs on consecutive weekends, but if they are arrogant tonight, they could come back to earth with a bump.

And Williams, the astute coach that he is has planned well. “We will stick to our usual game plan, but we have a few things we want to try in the game that we have worked on this week.”

By Andrew Hollely