LISTEN: Boks tasked to rescue WP campaign?

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:44

AUDIO: An angry Western Province coach John Dobson is hoping the return of some Springboks will help put his team's Currie Cup campaign back on track.

Province dominated the first half of their Currie Cup Round 13 encounter against a very youthful Golden Lions team at Ellis Park this past Sunday, leading 17-10 ahead at half-time and held a 20-10 lead with just a quarter of the match remaining.

However, the Lions then scored three unanswered tries to complete an amazing come-from-behind 29-20 victory that left Province scrambling for a spot in the play-offs.

The Cape Town team now travel to Durban this coming weekend to face the table-topping Sharks, on a 10-match winning streak.

Just two points separate WP in second place (32 points) and the Lions in fourth, with the Blue Bulls (who host a fading Pumas team on Friday) are fifth on 27 points.

That means Province need, at the very least, a losing bonus point in Durban to remain in the top four.

They require victory if they are to host one of the semifinals.

He said they had hoped to go to Durban having already qualified for the play-offs, but will now rely on their returning Springboks for the final round shootout.

Players like Dillyn Leyds and Wilco Louw will be key to their cause.

"We have to go full-out this week," he said.

Dobson admitted that his team felt they were safe with about 20 minutes to go [and leading 20-10] at Ellis Park.

But then it all went pear-shaped.

"Credit to the Lions, they never stopped coming," Dobson said, adding: "But we were poorly disciplined.

"We gave away a lot of penalties in the wrong areas of the field."

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