Cape Town - Western Province coach John Dobson offered no
excuses after his team's 47-29 loss to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday
The Bulls, who consolidated their position at the top of the
Currie Cup log in the process, scored five tries to two as they handed WP a
first defeat of the 2015 Currie Cup campaign - the men from Cape Town having
led by 16-15 at half-time.
And new coach Dobson, who had guided his team to wins over
Griquas and the Cheetahs in the first two weeks of the competition, offered no
excuses in the aftermath.
“We were well beaten,” Dobson told the WP Rugby website.
“We came here to play rugby, but we didn’t. Once the Bulls
had momentum it was hard to stop them and, quite frankly, it was an
embarrassment to Western Province Rugby the way we played.
“Not one of our players enhanced their reputations,” he
A yellow card to Western Province wing Dillyn Leyds was the
undoubted turning point in the match.
Leyds was yellow carded in the 60th minute for taking out a
Blue Bulls player in the air, having scored a valuable intercept try 15 minutes
Dobson commented: “The Bulls attacked brilliantly down the
left-hand side and exploited the one-man advantage. Perhaps, as the coach, I
should’ve made a plan but I didn’t.
“It was definitely the game changer and, like I said, it was
very tough to stop them when they got the momentum.”
The Western Province coach will, as always, release an
injury report on Monday.
WP will head to Bloemfontein for their next encounter -
against the Cheetahs on Friday, August 29.