Province not looking beyond Boland

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:07
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: Western Province will not be taking Boland lightly in their Round Nine Currie Cup Premier Division match at Newlands on Friday.

Despite their 52-31 bonus-point win against Griquas, Province could still miss out on a play-off spot if they fail to beat their Cape rivals. 

The Golden Lions are snapping at their heels on the standings, while Griquas could also still potentially make the play-offs if they beat the Free State Cheetahs and other results go their way.

The Golden Lions will be playing the Sharks in Johannesburg on Friday and a win for the former will definitely put pressure on Province to win their match against Boland - possibly with a bonus-point as well.

"We are not in the play-offs yet," said Western Province assistant coach Dawie Snyman.

"Our most important match is on Friday. We can only think about the next phase after that match. It is a derby for the two Provinces.

"They [Boland] are a well-coached team and they are very physical with their forwards, so we have to be sharp. 

They showed what they can do against the Blue Bulls. They had a very good match for 60 minutes in that game."

Snyman believes that their victory over Griquas showed that they are a team for the big occasions.   

"There was pressure on us to do well in Kimberley.

"Griquas did not lose a match there this season and it was their 130 anniversary so there was a full stadium and the pressure on us was there." 

Snyman added: "I don't think the focus is gone in terms of what we must do.

"There was a lot of confidence and there was a lot of intensity in training [Monday] - we are focused on what we must do this week."

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
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Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
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Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pumas 1 1 0 0 5
Blue Bulls 1 1 0 0 5
Griquas 1 0 0 1 2
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Sharks 1 0 0 1 0
Western Province 0 0 0 0 0