WP hitting form at right time

2010-09-20 10:35

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - With matches against Griquas, the Blue Bulls and the Sharks to come, Western Province can feel that they are hitting top form at just the right time.

Coach Allister Coetzee was not completely happy with the 62-10 thumping of the Pumas in Nelspruit. He felt that his men left some try scoring opportunities on the table through poor handling and finishing in the first half.

But Coetzee’s ongoing quest for rugby perfectionism aside, WP had plenty to feel good about, including eight tries at a venue which has been difficult for visiting teams this season and saw a shock defeat for the Blue Bulls a couple of weeks ago.

There was never any doubt WP were going to win the match once they had established early forward dominance, and could easily have been further than just 27-3 up at half-time such was the way they swarmed all over their opponents and just gave them no room to breathe.

What was most pleasing though from a Province viewpoint, apart from the way the pack has rediscovered its hard edge, was the manner in which forwards and backs were able to combine, with the returning Springbok outside backs taking a step up from their performance against the Leopards the previous week.

The midfield of Jean de Villiers and Juan de Jongh were the dominant combination in the match, while Gio Aplon outside them confirmed again just what a special talent he is, with JJ Engelbrecht also joining in the try-scoring act to show that there is plenty of potential coming through from the under-21 ranks.

“Things are coming together nicely for us and it is especially important at this time of the season,” said Coetzee afterwards.

“This is the period when you want to be playing well and putting good performances together. We face three tough games now before hopefully we go into the play-offs, so this is the time when we need to step up our performance. I was very satisfied with the result as the Pumas are always a difficult team to play against when they are at home.”

Coetzee agreed though that against opponents like the Bulls and Sharks his team will need to make better use of the opportunities such as those that were wasted in the first half.

The Bulls are now five points behind second placed WP on the log and the Cheetahs are a point further back. Of those two teams, the Cheetahs, with matches against the Pumas and Lions at home and the Leopards away, have the easiest run-in, so Province would have been pleased that the Bloemfontein side were denied any points by the Sharks.

However, WP will know they need to keep winning to stay in second and if they want to place any pressure on the Sharks in the battle for top spot.


  • peebo - 2010-09-20 11:09

    all I want to see is a humiliating thrashing of the Bulls - at Loftus nogal.

  • losers - 2010-09-20 11:12

    ......BUNCH OF LOSERS....!! ...HA HA HA HA ..!!

  • jakes - 2010-09-20 11:45

    Yip, congrats to WP , you already won the cup, hahaha. Only to be knocked out in semi by whoever

  • eddie - 2010-09-20 12:29

    Ja right, now that they have beaten the Pumas and Leopards they are peaking... After losing 3 in a row against the decent unions - Gavin Rich, you are the most biased WP reporter I have ever seen...

  • GW - 2010-09-20 12:31

    province are playing better rugby than the bulls and the supporters just cant seem to get it, but then again its just there old fashioned way of thinking that they are the best. Go Province

  • @pissbo - 2010-09-20 12:34

    Humiliating??? Sorry, not going to happen!! WP talking big again a month before the semis, whats new? Again goinig to eat humble pie!! Yawn, its getting borring by now!

  • Joey - 2010-09-20 12:35

    WTF???? One win and now all of a sudden they are peaking at the right time? A week ago it was all doom and gloom because they peaked too early... Come on guys. Woop you beat the Pumas. LOL...

  • STORMER - 2010-09-20 12:36

    @Jakes & losers.....sigh. Don't be hating now little boys: Your lives may s*ck, but it's not the fault of the Western Cape nor the WP team. Go out, find someone to love & you will see that the world really ain't such a bad place.

  • Raka13 - 2010-09-20 12:39

    Alister Coetzee is very under estimated as a coach and technical expert.

  • ModderOtter - 2010-09-20 12:44

    @ Jakes Duh? Hoe stupid is jy broer? Wie het iets gepraat van klaar die Cup gewen? Alhoewel ek persoonlik voel dat as jy as 'n span nie glo jy kan die CC wen nie, hoekom die moeite doen om deel te neem? WP het beslis die naweek die mooiste rugby van al 8 spanne gespeel en slegs 'n fool sal nie oor hulle bekommerd wees nie.

  • Supporter - 2010-09-20 12:48

    Sal maar sien, maar dink eerder die Sharks sal nie hulle semi wen nie teen wie dit ook al mag wees. Die Curie Cup is op pad na die Kaap die jaar.Die jaar het hulle genoeg gedoen om nie net vir 'n plek te baklei kom die laaste paar weke nie maar ook om tuis semi te he. Het hulle vorm verloor in mkiddel van seisoen en as daar tyd is wat jy vorm wil verloor is dit nie in die begin of in die laaste pylvak nie. Go Province moenie die jaar dat enige Shark ons uit die Curiebeker verneuk nie en asb. kan ons ook 'n neutrale skeidsregter kry vir die finaal en nie een wat deel is van die Bulle of Sharks se afrigting span nie. Nag meisiekind met die blou 12 trui, blonde hare en wat "tackle" soos 'n girl. Jean is terug en jy kan op Sondag 03 Oktober in Rapport lees watter kant hy verby jou is toe jou hare in jou oe gewaai het.

  • allan - 2010-09-20 12:50

    @peebo! That will not happen in this life time! So keep on dreaming.....................

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-09-20 12:56

    If he is not HAPPY with the thumping of the Pumas, dan is daar GROOT probleme wat wag op eerstens die Griekwas, dan die Bulletjies en laastens die Sharkies. CC final of 2010 will be played at Newlands between WP and the Sharks, and the winners will be..............................WP!!!!!!

  • Jay - 2010-09-20 13:05

    @jakes and losers...................dont you have anything better to do than bad mouth WP? sad really sad. We are becoming like soccer fans. Remember what it is about this game you love!!!!

  • Desperation - 2010-09-20 13:23

    Seems the Bulls supporters below are starting to get desperate. If you want to talk about losers then why dont we talk about the Bulls pre-2006? WP? Stormers are starting to come right after a very lean spell but they never ended as wooden-spoonists as your team did. You criticize wp supporters for being arrogant!?!?! Your responses below are arrogant. be aware that the wheel turns and ALL empires crumble. Dont get so cocky cause you will be reminded when the Bulls are not at the top anymore.

  • Coenza - 2010-09-20 13:31

    @ Losers you are probably a bull supporter, need I say more... Province tops!!!!

  • Stormers/WP Forever - 2010-09-20 13:51

    @ Joey/Jakes and all the BB supporters - WP will obviously take great pride in how they have beaten the Pumas in Nelspruit/Witbank as all the other teams had a difficult time to pull of the win or even lost (Blue Bulls & Leopards) to them there. Also take note that the WP team at no stage looked in any difficulty versus the 3 smaller unions in the matches played so far, while the BB almost lost all 3 their home games vs the lesser teams. Yes only time will tell if we will be there in the final, but let me tell you, there is no way that a true WP supporter will believe anything different, just like you believe the milk cows who always need a favor from some match official at crucial stages in a season will make it.

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