The Valke’s defeat to Vodacom Western Province at the weekend has given coach John Williams more questions that need answers.
After seemingly solving one of their problems from earlier in the Absa Currie Cup campaign by scoring four tries, Williams found that that approach came with its own problems.
“We wanted to score tries because it has been a problem for us,” Williams told keo.co.za. “And I think we achieved that goal, but by playing an expansive game it is more high risk and we need to work on that.”
The Valke conceded an intercept try at a crucial time when it looked like they might score. “Also we were weak in stopping the lineout drives and they scored twice from moves like that. I think it is one of the most unfair rules in rugby.”
Williams conceded that his team also employed the concept, but would work hard this week to improve that espect of their play. “We will look at that from today. after studing the video we will implement what we have learnt and that is both on attack and defence of lineout drives.”
Another positive for the Valke is that they are fighting fit, with no reported injuries after the hard-fought encounter against Western Province.
According to Williams, several Valke players shone on Friday evening. “Riaan Viljoen and Sarel Pretorius were outstanding and when Riaan Hefer came on he made a big difference.”
Williams does not expect to make too many changes, if any, for the crunch local derby against the Pumas this coming weekend. It is a match both sides will be targeting for a rare win.
The Valke are currently second from bottom on the log, but victory over the Pumas, coupled with a Lions loss at Newlands will see them leap-frog Eugene Eloff’s team.
By Andrew Hollely