Currie Cup

Senatla: Much more to come from WP

2017-09-01 11:14
Seabelo Senatla (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Western Province speedster Seabelo Senatla is confident that the Cape Town-based team will bounce back after their disappointing 21-20 defeat to the Sharks at Newlands last weekend.

With a young squad, Western Province have emerged as one of the front-runners in this year’s Currie Cup. After five rounds, they boasted three victories, which came against the Golden Lions, Pumas and Bulls.

Conversely, they slumped against the Cheetahs and Griquas on the road before suffering their first home defeat of the season against the Sharks on Saturday.

Winger Senatla, who is enjoying his third season of Currie Cup rugby, acknowledged the disappointing result but stressed that there’s more to look forward to.

“We let ourselves down, to be honest,” Seabelo told MyPlayers. “We started off very well and did enough in the beginning to put ourselves in a good position to beat the Sharks, who are a very tough team. But we didn’t deliver a full performance and suffered the consequences.

“Despite the result, we still have a very good team. The players are bonding really well this season and we just need to remain focused.

“We have many young players who are putting up their hands and a few more experienced players playing their part too. There’s a great balance in the squad.

“If we play to our potential, we can back ourselves to go all the way during the Currie Cup this season.”

With many WP seniors on Springbok duty and others moving on to overseas clubs, several players in the Western Province squad will want to use the Currie Cup to play their way into Super Rugby consideration next season.

However, Senatla said the team is focused on winning the Currie Cup too.

“Yes, the Currie Cup provides a platform for players to prove themselves at a higher level. Every player in the team wants to play at the highest levels,” said Senatla. “But we have goals for the Currie Cup. We’re playing in a competition that we want to win. So our minds are not on 2018 as yet as we have a tough line-up of fixtures to prepare for.”

Western Province will enjoy a break this week before they face the Cheetahs (home), Pumas (away), Griquas (home), Lions (away), Bulls (away) and Sharks (away) ahead of the playoffs.

Meanwhile, Senatla continues to work hard in what has been a difficult 2017 season for him personally.

“I’ve had a tough run with injuries over the past two seasons, which has prevented me from running at my best,” said Seabelo. “After amazing 2015 and 2016 seasons, which included a Currie Cup title, I’ve faced many challenges this year, but I realise I will become a better player because of these experiences. I want to make my mark during the Currie Cup this season.”

For more exclusive player content, check out MyPlayers.co.za

NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Fixtures
Friday, 22 September 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Pumas, Bloemfontein 17:30
Saturday, 23 September 2017
Sharks v Blue Bulls, Durban 15:00
Western Province v Griquas, Cape Town 17:15
Friday, 29 September 2017
Sharks v Golden Lions, Durban 19:15
Saturday, 30 September 2017
Griquas v Free State Cheetahs, Kimberley 14:00
Sunday, 01 October 2017
Blue Bulls v Western Province, Pretoria 14:30
Friday, 06 October 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls, Bloemfontein 18:00
Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Which team will be crowned 2017 Currie Cup champions?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 PSL season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? 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.