Cape Town - Western Province coach John Dobson was happy with his team's opening Currie Cup win over Griquas in Kimberley, but he has highlighted a few areas for improvement.
The defending champions recorded a 43-19 win over Griquas in Kimberley last Friday, having led by 24-7 at half-time.
WP scored three tries in each half, with flying wing Seabelo Senatla coming away with a try double and the visitors’ other tries coming via No 8 Nizaam Carr, right-wing Dillyn Leyds, flank Sikhumbuzo Notshe and skipper Juan de Jongh.
“To open with a bonus point win in Kimberley is as good a result as anything,” said Dobson, who presided over his first Currie Cup match last Friday.
“I am happy, but we have a bit to work on.”
When asked what the team had to work on, Dobson told the WP Rugby website: “Our discipline was not good at all. (But) it won’t happen again… the fact that we played with 14 men for 20 minutes was not ideal at all.
“I thought our new-look pack did very well. We had a 100% record at lineout time and we scrummed well and I thought the backline looked hungry to play some classic Province rugby.
“I think we can improve a lot, however, another area we need to look at is our defence - we can get off the line a bit quicker I would say.”
In other good news for Dobson and his coaching team, hooker Bongi Mbonambi - who was in doubt during the lead-up to the Griquas clash with a hamstring injury - got through 40 minutes in Kimberley before being replaced by debutant Marius Fourie.
“Bongi gave us a good 40 minutes and Marius acquitted himself well when he came on. We will obviously see on Monday how Bongi has reacted to the match.”
Western Province will host the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands this Saturday (15:00 kick-off), with both the Under-19 and U21 teams playing in curtain-raisers beforehand.