WP ‘lucky’ to escape with draw

Sun, 11 Aug 2013 12:09
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WP coach Allister Coetzee says his team were fortunate to come away with two points after the Blue Bulls forced a dramatic draw on Saturday.

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says his team were fortunate to come away with two points after the Blue Bulls forced a dramatic 24-all draw on Saturday.

Leading 21-9, the defending champions missed a golden opportunity to become the only team to record a win at home in the weekend's opening round of Currie Cup fixtures.

As the match wound to its close, Province were poised to score a fourth bonus-point try and once they spurned that opportunity, their hopes of victory disappeared in the Newlands night air.

Bulls flyhalf Tony Jantjies missed an injury-time conversion which would have consigned Province to defeat and, on the evening's display, would have been a tad harsh on the home side.

Coetzee admitted his side had a let-off when Jantjies' goal attempt had gone wide.

"We were lucky they [Blue Bulls] missed kicks, otherwise the result would have been different," said Coetzee after the match.

"This result, and the results of the other two matches, showed us that it is going to be a tough Currie Cup.

"We could have been the only home side to win this weekend, and the result was not what we wanted.

It was a wake-up call for Province and the team cannot expect to just turn up and win, he said.

"Mentally, we were not focused enough. In the second half, the Bulls grew in confidence and composure.

“We played against ourselves, our turnover count was too high and our discipline wasn't good. We gave away 13 penalties. If they had made their kicks they could perhaps have won, so we were lucky in the end.

Bulls coach Pine Pienaar felt his second half substitutions had the desired impact.

"I think all our reserves made a big impact when they joined the action," said Pienaar.

"At half-time, I asked the players, many of whom are inexperienced, to stick with the playing plan and then we started to play good rugby.

"We decided that for this match the set-piece would be important. Once the youngsters stuck to the plan they made a good step up and that gives us [the coaches] confidence to work with them for the rest of the season."

He said many of the youngsters wanted to make their mark and stake claims for Super Rugby next year.


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