Currie Cup

Coach praises workmanlike WP

2014-09-27 11:00
Nelspruit - It was a workmanlike performance from Western Province in Nelspruit on Friday night, but a pleasing one for coach Allister Coetzee as the Currie Cup pace-setters claimed a four-try bonus point away from home.

WP made it seven wins from eight starts as they came away from Mbombela Stadium with a 37-23 victory over the Pumas, entrenching their spot at the top of the log in the process.

"It was a workmanlike performance, but we’re happy to come away with a full-house of five points," coach Coetzee told WP's official website.

"It was a big improvement on last weekend.

"We came out after half-time and built on our lead, only for a few injuries to disrupt our rhythm.

"But the guys showed great character to stay ahead with the home team – and their crowd – throwing everything at us.

"We not only absorbed the pressure but managed to finish strongly too with a bonus point."

Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis weighed in with 17 points from his boot, not missing a shot at goal on the night, whilst the WP tries were scored by No.8 Nizaam Carr (two), flanker Sikhumbuzo Notshe and replacement centre Michael van der Spuy.

On a disappointing note, in-form lock Ruan Botha suffered a high ankle injury.

A full diagnosis on his injury will be released on Monday.

Elusive fullback Cheslin Kolbe took knock to the back, whilst Michael van der Spuy – who had replaced Kolbe in the second half – suffered a knock to the hip in the act of scoring his try early in the second half.

"The injuries, like I said, disrupted us quite a bit," Coetzee concluded.

"We lost Ruan Botha early on (in the 14th minute).

"Then, later on, when Cheslin didn’t come out after half-time we moved Jaco Taute to fullback.

"Then, when Mikey (van der Spuy) took a bang we had to bring on Kurt Coleman at fullback and move Jaco back to centre.

"It’s pleasing, however, how the guys managed to shrug off those disruptions and play on – in the process getting an away win against a previously unbeaten home side and claiming the bonus point too.”

Friday night’s victory, WP’s seventh of their Currie Cup campaign, has seen them take a step closer to a second successive home semi-final, as they currently sit on 34 log points from eight games.

Read more on:    wp  |  currie cup  |  allister coetzee  |  cape town  |  rugby
NEXT ON SPORT24X

What To Read Next

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
42 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Sport Talk

Logs
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team
Vote

Your thoughts on the Currie Cup being cut to a one-round tournament in 2018?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...

Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

Featured

The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.