Rory Kockott’s last-gasp penalty sealed a victory for the Sharks last Friday, though Western Province (WP) coach Allister Coetzee was adamant that the kick was not taken from the correct spot.
Rugby 365 reports that Coetzee did however give his team a vote of confidence after their narrow 25-28 defeat to the Sharks in their Currie Cup opener in Durban last Friday.
“It is unfortunate that a match should be decided by a penalty. I don’t have a problem with the penalty itself, but with the fact that the penalty was not awarded at the place the transgression took place,” Coetzee told WP rugby’s official site.
“That made the angle so much easier. They say they are innovative by referring decisions to the Television Match Official (TMO), but if they really want to be innovative they should go back to the TMO and ask him to check where the penalty should be awarded,” he added.
The coach made it clear the WP side was not happy with the result.
“We are far from happy with the defeat. That is part of the culture in this team.
“When you have an opportunity to win a game you should take it. And Friday night was an example of that. We didn’t come home empty-handed though and there were a lot of positives coming from that game.
“One of those is that we earned a bonus point in an away game after just about everybody wrote us off. Nobody gave us a chance, but in the end we almost won the game.”
The coach lauded his players for their attitude and approach to the game.
“The guys put their bodies on the line. I am fortunate to work with players who want to achieve for this union and that is good.
“Our scrums weren’t strong in the beginning, but we finished strongly. Our lineouts were good and the debutantes all played well – guys like PJ Vermeulen and Alistair Siegelaar. Wicus Blaauw also got a run.
“Deon Fourie was outstanding and Pieter Myburgh was excellent on the ground. The whole pack played well though and I don’t want to single out players. All of them worked really hard,” Coetzee said.
Coetzee would be keenly awaiting news from the national camp about the Tri-Nations squad come Tuesday.
Some of the players who are not selected will be released back to their provinces and the WP coach would welcome any reinforcements before Saturday’s clash with the Blue Bulls at Newlands.
Coetzee also reported a clean bill of health for his squad after last Friday night’s pipe-openerTweet