Room for improvement

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 weekend’s match in Cape Town against Rassie Erasmus’s Cheetahs.

“I’m just happy we pulled it off against the Bulls after last week’s defeat,” van der Merwe said. “We 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.”

Van der Merwe said his team were extra motivated after being written off in the media. “I think at times we played some really good rugby and there was a good energy to the game.”

The fact that Province last won at Loftus back in 2001 meant the win on the weekend was extra special, said van der Merwe.

“We outplayed the Bulls in several departments, especially in the first half. The second half didn’t go on well, but the fact we held on for the win is great for us.

“That said there is definitely room for improvement and one aspect we need to work on is that we didn’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.”

Province face the undefeated defending champions at Newlands next weekend. “The Cheetahs are definitely the in-form team at the moment so that will not be easy.” After three rounds, the Cheetahs top the log with 15 points, followed by the Sharks on 14 – both teams have won all their matches.

The Bulls and WP complete the top four, equal on 10 points.

By Andrew Hollely