Currie Cup

WP building towards Currie Cup

2015-07-22 21:18
John Dobson (File)
Cape Town - Western Province have continued their build-up towards the 2015 Absa Currie Cup through a short training camp ahead of their second pre-season friendly, this Saturday in Port Elizabeth.

The WP squad, under the leadership of new head coach John Dobson and captain Juan de Jongh, departed by bus for Plettenberg Bay early on Tuesday morning with a few stops along the way.

The first stop, of course, was a breakfast at the Riversdale Spur, whilst also allowing the bigger guys an opportunity to stretch their legs!

The next destination for the squad was Vleesbaai, where the entire squad - management included - took part in dune races, all of which counts towards the various mini-teams' points for the week away; overall bragging rights being up for grabs as part of the squad's team-building exercises and pre-season fitness programme.

The squad arrived in Plettenberg Bay at about 18:00 on Tuesday, before preparations began for Wednesday double training sessions at the Plettenberg Bay Primary School fields.

The on-field sessions started bright and early, despite the cold temperatures in Plett, with both training spells geared towards preparing for Saturday's friendly against the Eastern Province Kings in Port Elizabeth.

Backs Dillyn Leyds (hamstring) and Johnny Kotze (ankle) did not take part in full team training on Wednesday and will be not be risked for Saturday's match. Both, however, are expected to be fit for the start of the 2015 Currie Cup competition.

WP coach John Dobson told the website: "Trips like this are always a great opportunity for the guys to bond and have a little bit of fun, but with Saturday's match in PE there has been a big focus on rugby specifics.

"We will be playing a much stronger team this week, having given some younger guys a run against the Pumas in Drakenstein last weekend, and, of course, Jean de Villiers will be playing again this Saturday.

"We worked hard this morning and in the afternoon but have been careful to not put too much of a load on the guys. For that reason we have just one training session tomorrow, but it will be a sharp one as it's our final full run before the weekend (captain's run excluded)."

WP will bus to Port Elizabeth on Friday, where they will do a captain's run at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ahead of Saturday's match against the Kings (kick-off 19:00), which will be preceded by Absa Provincial Under-19 and Under-21 matches between Eastern Province and Western Province at 14:00 and 16:15, respectively.

"It's a busy weekend of games," said Dobson.

"We look forward to watching and supporting our Under-19 and Under-21 teams against the Kings, who will be tough opponents for us at all levels.

"We were obviously very disappointed with last week's defeat to the Pumas, but with a more experienced team this weekend we hope to address those shortcomings and take a big step forward with our pre-season preparations with the start of the Currie Cup some two weeks away."

The WP team to face the Kings will be announced on Thursday.

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