Fourie: Ill-discipline killed us

Sun, 27 Oct 2013 14:30
Large michael rhodes   duane verm Large deon fourie anthem Large wp despondent

Discipline and defence. Those were the key aspects mentioned in the build-up to the Currie Cup Final.

Discipline and defence. Those were the key aspects mentioned in the build-up to the Currie Cup Final.

On both counts the Sharks outplayed Western Province, to record a 33-19 win in the Currie Cup Final at Newlands at the weekend.

Province captain Deon Fourie admitted that his team was also undone by the high error-count.

"We said during the week, finals are won by the team making the least number of mistakes," Fourie said, adding: "We were very disappointing with that part of our game - we went out of structure."

He was full of praise for the opposition, saying they put WP under pressure with their kicking game.

However, he felt it was "ill-discipline" that killed the home team.

Fourie also spoke of the Sharks well-executed game plan.

"They put us in our half [with kicks] and then we made mistakes in our half," the Province skipper said.

"We just couldn't get out of it [our half] and that put us under [more] pressure, especially after going behind [0-10] in the first 10 minutes."

Fourie said the senior Springboks in the Sharks team also played a huge role in the Final.

"They play Test rugby and know what the situation is," he said of the pressure that comes with big Cup finals.

"This was like a Test match," he said, adding: "It is tough to go 10 points down in the first 10 minutes, especially in a Final.

"To then come back, with the pressure that was applied, along with their tactics, made it tough to close the gap.

"They [also] came with a new tactics.

"We didn't expect it and credit to them - they did their analysis and they were spot-on."

By Jan de Koning, at Newlands

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 11 February 2016
Dragons v Connacht 19h30 Rodney Parade
Fri, 12 February 2016
Leinster v Zebre 19h30 RDS Arena
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h30 Kingspan Stadium
Newcastle Falcons v Leicester Tigers 19h45 Kingston Park
Scarlets v Edinburgh 20h15 Parc y Scarlets
Sat, 13 February 2016
Treviso v Cardiff Blues 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
France v Ireland 14h25 Paris
Sale Sharks v Exeter Chiefs 14h30 AJ Bell Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bath 15h00 Sixways
Northampton Saints v London Irish 15h00 Franklin's Gardens
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Wales v Scotland 16h50 Cardiff
Sun, 14 February 2016
Italy v England 14h00 Rome
Saracens v Wasps 16h00 Allianz Park
Munster v Ospreys 17h00 Irish Independent Park
Mon, 15 February 2016
NMMU-Madibaz v Maties 14h45 Port Elizabeth
UP-Tuks v Shimlas 16h30 Pretoria
TUT v UWC 16h30 Pretoria
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16h30 Pietermaritzburg
CUT-Ixias v UCT-Ikeys 16h30 Bloemfontein
NWU-Pukke v UJ 17h00 Potchefstroom
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Golden Lions 10 10 0 0 48
Blue Bulls 10 8 0 2 39
Western Province 10 7 0 3 35
Free State Cheetahs 10 3 2 5 24
Sharks 10 4 1 5 22
Pumas 10 3 1 6 17
EP Kings 10 2 0 8 12
Griquas 10 1 0 9 8