Currie Cup

It was an embarrassment, says WP coach

2015-08-24 07:20
John Dobson (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Western Province coach John Dobson offered no excuses after his team's 47-29 loss to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday night.

The Bulls, who consolidated their position at the top of the Currie Cup log in the process, scored five tries to two as they handed WP a first defeat of the 2015 Currie Cup campaign - the men from Cape Town having led by 16-15 at half-time.

And new coach Dobson, who had guided his team to wins over Griquas and the Cheetahs in the first two weeks of the competition, offered no excuses in the aftermath.

“We were well beaten,” Dobson told the WP Rugby website.

“We came here to play rugby, but we didn’t. Once the Bulls had momentum it was hard to stop them and, quite frankly, it was an embarrassment to Western Province Rugby the way we played.

“Not one of our players enhanced their reputations,” he added.

A yellow card to Western Province wing Dillyn Leyds was the undoubted turning point in the match.

Leyds was yellow carded in the 60th minute for taking out a Blue Bulls player in the air, having scored a valuable intercept try 15 minutes earlier.

Dobson commented: “The Bulls attacked brilliantly down the left-hand side and exploited the one-man advantage. Perhaps, as the coach, I should’ve made a plan but I didn’t.

“It was definitely the game changer and, like I said, it was very tough to stop them when they got the momentum.”

The Western Province coach will, as always, release an injury report on Monday.

WP will head to Bloemfontein for their next encounter - against the Cheetahs on Friday, August 29.

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