WP expect physical onslaught
Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province are bracing for a physical onslaught in their Currie Cup encounter against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 15:00.
It will be WP's first away game of the Currie Cup season, and coach Allister Coetzee
said they are expecting a tough game as is always the case in Kimberley.
“You need an all-round performance to beat Griquas in Kimberley,” Coetzee told the WP Rugby website
“They’re quite a big, physical side. You can’t think because the conditions are dry you’re going to play from side to side there, if you’re not careful you could get bullied.”
WP drew 24-all in their first game against the Blue Bulls before edging Free State 15-14 last week. They impressed with their physicality against the Cheetahs and the coach wants his charges to build on that this weekend.
“We know it’s going to be one massive battle in Kimberley," he said.
“We’ve got to keep our approach the same. It’s got to be physical and direct. It’s going to be a battle at the gainline, so it’s important that we get dominance and earn the right to take it wide.
“For us it’s about building momentum and not letting slip the things that we’ve improved on last week. That’s what consistency is about and that’s what you need in this competition whether you’re (at) home or away from home," concluded Coetzee.
Coetzee will name his side on Wednesday.