'Comedy of errors' cost WP

2012-08-12 19:05

Cape Town - The Sharks literally rained on Western Province's parade by defeating the home side 25-23 in their opening 2012 Currie Cup match at Newlands on Saturday night.

After the match, WP coach Allister Coetzee had the same crestfallen look about him as he did when the two teams last met at Newlands in a Super Rugby semi-final a fortnight ago.

"We lost a home game and that's very disappointing," said Coetzee on Saturday.

"No (WP) player can be proud of this effort. It was a comedy of errors on our part that cost us the game."

Province held the upper hand in the set-pieces and enjoyed a major share of possession but their efforts were undone by their costly mistakes throughout the match.

"We dominated at the scrums and line-outs, and it's not often that we've done that against a Sharks side, so that was pleasing," Coetzee said.

"But we couldn't catch the ball and the Sharks enjoyed two lucky bounces."

The Sharks' kicking game proved lethal as Province failed to cope under the high ball and conceded two tries as a result.

"There were far too many individual errors and so all our good work was undone," said Coetzee.

"There wasn't a problem with our attitude because we defended well and I liked the way we attacked.

"We have to pick up the pieces and get our confidence up.

"It's still hard to accept defeat when one considers that for 30 of the 40 minutes of the second half we played the game in the Sharks' half of the field."

John Plumtree, the Sharks coach, admitted his side had a few lucky breaks but said they deserved their victory as they made the most of their chances.

"We had a couple of nice bounces but we were also accurate in overall play," said Plumtree.

"We took the opportunities that were presented to us.

"In the second half, our kicks were more accurate and we got the reward."

With most of his key players doing duty with the Springboks, Plumtree said his debutants did not let him down.

"It was nice to get some match points without our key players, and I've seen signs tonight that suggest we'll get better," said Plumtree.

"It was nice to see the youngsters provide so much enthusiasm.

"It was a very good, collective effort that produced the win."

Plumtree praised the performance of fullback Riaan Viljoen who was fielded at flyhalf for the match.

It turned out to be a masterstroke because his kicking variations caused Province a spot of bother, every so often.

"It's been a long time since Riaan played flyhalf but he played nicely," said Plumtree.

"I think he plays better when he's closer to the ball."

Next week WP are away to Griquas at Kimberley, while the Sharks host the defeding champions, the Golden Lions.


  • nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-12 19:13

    To me the best comedy of the weekend. Don't know what the MNet movie is tonight, but can't be better than last nights comedy

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-08-12 19:22

      So what is the excuse Allister? Can you coach the team or not? Pleased with the attack and still you cannot count to four - like in one, two, three, four tries? Who is suppose to see to it that the team can handle a ball?

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-12 19:49

      Was rather an error by comedian - Coetzee.

      Wesley - 2012-08-12 20:19

      I would rather say they have a comedian for a couch

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-08-12 21:19

      nou as djy die 15 errors uit di weepee comedy uithaal en veral di hoofnar wat week na week met 'n rooi neus sit op stoomers24, sal dinge miskien beter gaan daar onder daai platberg?? maar nou ja met sulke hoop klink ek seker ook soos allister in the land of confusion??

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-08-12 21:31

      nou ja, as di vet hanswors aanbly by di platberg sirkus, moet hulle hom eerder in daai trofee kas wegsluit, met di gedagte dat hul trofee kas uiteindelik VOL is??

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-12 21:32

      Steve Martin, Jack Black, Owen Wilson, Jim Carrey, Chris Rock and Steve Carrel couldn't be funnier, even if they tried.

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-12 22:26

      ...the weakest link.... ...Bye bye Alister Coetzee...!

  • chris.booise - 2012-08-12 19:23

    Indeed a comedy.

  • RetiefC - 2012-08-12 19:23

    I see WP is getting the bonuspoints in this Currie cup.

  • brendon.ribeiro.338 - 2012-08-12 19:26

    10 springboks missing a yellow card(botes)paul jordaan off before half time a fulback playing flyhalf and sharks still win.eish eish

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-12 19:37

      The Portuguese Punisher strikes again!

      brendon.ribeiro.338 - 2012-08-12 19:57

      Hahahahah nick u crack me up bro

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-12 21:34

      With my father being Irish and my mother being from Brakpan, I also see myself as being a bit exotic.

      TravieGrif - 2012-08-13 11:25

      @Spyker...DUDE!!!! You are a truly rare breed. Irish Brakpanonnion! Those are special genes! I went hunting with a bloke from Brakpan this weekend gone. He took down a Gemsbok at 200m with a butter knife. I was impressed, but he insisted it was nothing compared to how he managed to break out of Brakpan for the weekend! He he he

      denese.newby - 2012-08-13 20:03

      10 to Springboks ... AND 2 injuries (Pieter-Steph duToit and Tim Whitehead), Freddie back to France, Kanko to Japan for 6 months, AND 3 rested (Charl Mcleod, Anton Bresler, Louis Ludik). That's 17 GOOD players! AND we still won!

  • hugo.naude - 2012-08-12 19:31

    Die stormpoppies is n span vol comics ... dink net aan hoeveel bekers hulle die afgelope dekade kon ... is genoeg om almal behalwe Isakkie papsakkie Visser te laat skater ... bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha .....

  • RetiefC - 2012-08-12 19:36

    Ek moet die Sharks bedank omdat hulle my twee keer binne 'n maand bly gemaak het. Dankie Sharks! Ek voorspel 'n Blou Bulle / Sharks Curriebeker finaal in 2012.

  • joop.vellema - 2012-08-12 19:57

    time for the biggesr clown to go. Bye alister,take the empty showcase with you

  • bernard.devantier - 2012-08-12 20:01

    Having played and coached senior club rugby in Natal and in Cape Town over a 40 year period, I can only agree with francois.smith.7's sentiments. In the Newlands quagmire one just not resort to up and under's all the time - giving possession to the opposition who in turn, turn it into a game of ping pong. The ball should be kept amongst the forward, who should maul it upfield. The backs should keep their passes much shorter and be prepared to play a similar game to that of the forwards. That's how they play it down south in the land of the long black cloud. Allister needs to ensure that all players know what game to play in wet windy conditions. it's possession, possession - not kick possession away - away.

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-12 20:17

      they don't have the personal for this type of game. their light 5 prefer spending time in the backline to be glory boys rather than hard grafters. the problem with WP rugby is that they are (arguably) 22 very good individuals, they are not a team.

      bfvillet - 2012-08-12 20:46

      currently there is only one game plan and it is used for all games against all opponents under all conditions WP do not study the opponents and exploit their weaknesses but rather go out to impose their game on the opponents which is to defend and pressure them into mistakes the reason why the sharks bulls and most teams have now started beating them in the rain.We are stuck with a gameplan that does not use the strengths and skills of our players

      Press - 2012-08-13 03:16

      @bfvillet - Using "Strength and skills of our Players" . . . now for a team filled with midgets that will be a bit of a challenge. . . . .

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 07:55

      Press, their strenght will be to try and run underneath the opposition player's legs.

  • thereevos - 2012-08-12 20:29

    That's rugby side makes more mistakes than the other and they end up losing.whats funny about that moogooo

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 08:23

      It's 'than', not 'then'. Idiot.

  • Jacques - 2012-08-12 21:12

    how do we keep on kicking the ball away. no wonder we cannot score tries, great backs with another kicking flyhalf, Alister says "we attacked well", rubbish, we traded Pollard for this new donkey? we need a new coach, at least a new back line coach. howcome Fleck gets no Flack with our backs performing so badly

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-12 22:34

      ....11 year jokers/chokers..... And counting... ....ha ha ha ha ha ..!

  • bernard.ingram - 2012-08-12 21:39

    Comedy of COACHING errors, yes...

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-08-12 22:11

    No - just "comedy"! You talk to much and do to little!

  • Jacques - 2012-08-12 23:55

    I must admit I love it when the papsakke lose.

  • john.edwards.733450 - 2012-08-13 03:55

    "had the same crestfallen look about him as he did when the two teams last met at Newlands in a Super Rugby semi-final a fortnight ago" .. good times Eddie !!

      selma.botha.9 - 2012-08-13 08:41

      Get used to that look. What a pathetic display of rugby by the WP. The Sharks were wide awake, very confident, and hell-bent on winning the game. The WP hell-bent on losing the game. Aplon was visibly frustrated with his side.

  • mmviljoen - 2012-08-13 12:49

    Time for AC to go. we need a new vibe in our coaching staff, new mentality, new focus, new passion, new vision. WP always have a very good team on paper and AC could not achieve anything from a coaching perspective in the last few years... If it was Premiership Football he would have been gone 2 years ago already... sorry boet, tough croud... #GatvolStormer/WPsupporter

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-13 15:21

    After the first ten minuted did not think the Sharks would get a sniff of victory but prevailed in the end - go Sharks

  • johan.vandeventer.58 - 2012-08-13 16:10

    The only comedy allister is you! YOU BIG FAT JOKE! GET LOST!

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-08-13 20:54

    You'll see a comedy of errors when a comedy of a team is playing. WP = 12yr cupless, JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY

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