WP seek 80-minute performance

Sun, 06 Oct 2013 13:30
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WP coach Allister Coetzee was pleased that his team bagged their first bonus point of the season in their 36-23 win over the Golden Lions on Saturday.

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee was pleased that his team bagged their first bonus point of the season in their 36-23 win over the Golden Lions at Newlands on Saturday.

The bonus point win boosted Province to the top of the Currie Cup log, just one point ahead of the Sharks.

Province outscored their Johannesburg counterparts by four tries to two, with a half-time score of 18-9 in favour of the home side.

"It’s a very good result for us. This is a good Lions team, and they punish any team if you’re inaccurate or concede penalties," Coetzee said.

Coetzee, however, called for more consistency from his players.

"When we have the ball and when we are direct and run with intent, we’re really a good team.

"I’d just like to see that for a full 80 minutes, and that’s what we’re striving for."

Captain Deon Fourie claimed part of the responsibility for their slow start.

"I’m not very happy with the first 10 minutes. I think I conceded both early penalties which put us on the back foot.

"But the guys came back nicely. The frustrating thing is that the guys know how good we are if we play like we’re supposed to because when we do, we’re almost unstoppable.”

Both the captain and coach said apart from the scrums, there were many elements that Province would be working on in the coming week, especially as they head to Durban next weekend to take on the Sharks in a match that will determine which of the two teams will finish at the top of the table.

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