Currie Cup

WP scrum: Coach not worried

2012-10-24 07:42
Matthew Proudfoot (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot says he's not too worried about his young front row ahead of the Currie Cup final against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

There's been a lot of talk about a possible struggle in that department for the Capetonians - who are expected to field youngsters Steven Kitshoff, Siyabonga "Scarra" Ntubeni and Frans Malherbe for the Kings Park showpiece.

There the young trio - all 21 years and under - will come up against a much more experienced Sharks front row, which includes Springboks Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis - who is reportedly expected to be ready despite suffering concussion last week.

WP struggled at scrum time in their semi-final against the Lions last week, and it was also in that department where the Sharks got the better of the Stormers in the Super Rugby semi-final earlier this year.

However, Proudfoot has assured concerned WP fans that they've assessed the situation thoroughly.

"We have a few plans that we've worked on," he told the Beeld website. "But firstly, it's about technique, confidence and solid, hard co-operation. I have faith in Frans Malherbe. He's starting to develop nicely and has all the capabilities."

The coach did acknowledge the threat the Sharks poses and admitted they'll be travelling to Durban as underdogs.

"The Sharks are a fantastic team. Very few teams have managed to make the Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals (in one year) - it's a huge achievement. I wouldn't argue that they're the favourites."

The clash at Kings Park kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2016 Currie Cup winners will be ...

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.