Province not looking beyond Boland
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."