Currie Cup

Lots to ponder for WP coach

2015-09-07 07:31
John Dobson (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Despite their 33-15 win over Griquas at the weekend, WP coach John Dobson has admitted that they have lots to work on.

“We’re happy with the five points. I certainly don’t think this win suddenly fixes things, but we needed this win from a confidence point of view,” Dobson told the WP Rugby website.

“I thought we played some good rugby - we bossed territory and possession, with Griquas coming at us with everything - but I was very frustrated. Our lineout was the poorest it has been all year, and then I couldn’t explain what was going on at scrum-time, that was a bit of a mystery to me.

“The scrum penalties are something we are going to have a long look at, and probably write an e-mail or two about,” said Dobson.

Dobson, however, was unhappy with his team’s lineout performance on the night, adding: “We let ourselves down at the lineout, but, give them credit, they contested very well. Our maul was very good, however, (and) I don’t think we got the return on the maul that we probably deserved.

“The other thing I was heartened by was our defence, we have been under pressure defensively for a while and we didn’t concede a try. Even at the end when they came with absolutely everything we made our tackles and got some dominance and turned over some ball,” he added.

A big negative for WP was the sight of skipper Nizaam Carr - leading the team in the absence of the injured Juan de Jongh (knee - MCL) - limping off with an injury in the 33rd minute against Griquas.

“Nizaam has pulled a hamstring. He doesn’t look too comfortable,” said Dobson, who is facing some tough selection choices - especially at flyhalf, with the likes of Demetri Catrakilis, Kurt Coleman, Robert du Preez, as well as Dillyn Leyds, all in the equation to face the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

“It is tricky to leave Dillyn Leyds out the team again I think,” admitted the WP mentor, “the flyhalf issue is one that we are going to have to think long and hard about because sometimes it’s as clear as mud.”



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