Soft turnovers are a direct result of inaccuracy says WP coach Allister Coetzee.
Griquas punished Province to a debilitating degree last Friday, capitalising on WP error after WP error. Coetzee told keo.co.za the most frustrating thing about the 33-32 defeat was WP’s tendency to concede possession in promising positions.
‘Those unforced errors really came back to bite us,’ he said. ‘It was disappointing to see because we applied the pressure well in the set phases.
‘We are still busy addressing why we did not benefit from those platforms.’
Although they conceded a fair few turnovers on the deck, Coetzee said WP’s sloppy approach wasn’t limited to the breakdown. Province face minnows Boland this weekend and they need to improve if they are going to realistically challenge for the Currie Cup title.
‘We weren’t clinical enough all-round. I thought our phase play was good when we got it going, but too many times we coughed up possession at first phase.’
On a blustery Kimberley afternoon, WP missed the reliable boot of Willem de Waal. It’s yet another aspect they’ll need to look at, as in order to win trophies, you need a solid tactical kicker.
‘We didn’t handle the wind well,’ said Coetzee. ‘In Kimberley, you need to utilise that hard field and that wind when you can. Our kicking wasn’t accurate enough.
‘However, I do think that we are getting closer to a more balanced game. You could see we played a lot better in the final 30 minutes and a lot of people asked why we didn’t play like that for the whole game. The reality is you have to get yourself into opposition territory before you play like that.’
One of the positives to come out of that Griquas game is a clean bill of health. There is a minor concern for Adriaan Fondse, but the WP lock should be ready for this weekend’s match against the Kavaliers in Wellington.
By Jon Cardinelli