The psychological blows continue to rain down ahead of the semis, with Vodacom Blue Bulls coach Pote Human accusing Vodacom Western Province captain Luke Watson of cheating at the breakdown.
The week has been filled with incidents such as these, with WP coach Kobus van der Merwe preparing his charges for Saturday’s playoff by forcing them to train with Loftus favourites blaring over the PA. Van der Merwe also had a go at Bulls centre JP Nel, stating that the centre deserved stricter judicial punishment after three yellow cards in the tournament.
The Bulls camp has now hit back with accusations of illegal play against Watson. “We have no doubts that Luke gets away with murder at breakdown points,” Human told Beeld’s Morris Gilbert. “He infringes on the ground, time and again. We will certainly bring it to the attention of the referee [Marius Jonker] when we talk to him this week.”
Human believes that referees have been too soft on the 22-year-old opensider in the two sides’ previous meetings. On both occasions, Watson secured numerous turnovers to rob the Bulls of vital possession and ultimatley halt their momentum.
The jibe may of course be intended to unsettle the WP skipper and his young team, most of which are playing in their first Absa Currie Cup semi-final.
Meanwhile, Wynand Olivier and Pedrie Wannenburg have still not been cleared to play in this encounter, and Dries Scholtz and Derick KuÃ¼n have been training in their respective positions. Watson has stated his respect for the latter when they last met at Newlands, and should KuÃ¼n play at Loftus it will be an interesting tussle between two former SA U21 fetchers.