Western Province coaching duo Rassie Erasmus and Allister Coetzee were summoned to a meeting on Tuesday with WP rugby bosses to explain why the Currie Cup side are playing so poorly.
The Cape Times reports that WP Rugby chairperson Pat Kuhn called in senior professional coach Erasmus and Currie Cup coach Coetzee to provide reasons why the team was not performing like it should.
WP have lost all four away games, including defeats to minnows Griquas and Valke, and are fifth on the log.
Kuhn told the Cape Times before the meeting that he was “very disappointed” with WP’s poor form. “Losing to Griquas and the Valke is unacceptable,” he said. “How can we lose to those teams? WP are not playing well. That’s why I am meeting with Rassie and Allister to find out what is going on.”
The meeting was also attended by WP president Tobie Titus, deputy president Dougie Dyers, managing director Rob Wagner and shareholder Jannie du Randt.
Late on Tuesday night after the meeting, Kuhn said that Erasmus and Coetzee had told the meeting the loss of several Springboks and a number of injuries had severely disrupted Province.
“We heard what Rassie and Allister had to say and they gave us many reasons why the team were not playing well. They are going to give some of the youngsters a chance now, and we hope the team can turn it around and do well again,”said Kuhn.
Meanwhile, Coetzee has called on his team to play “heads-up rugby” in Friday’s vital Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at Newlands.
WP missed out on a couple of try-scoring chances in the loss to the Lions, where they often took the wrong options. “We had a lot of opportunities that we didn’t take. We have looked at it and saw that our communication wasn’t good. So we must play a bit of heads-up rugby and see the opportunities,” said Coetzee.
Coetzee said that he may “not necessarily” pick rookies Coenie van Wyk or Matthew Rosslee at flyhalf. “You will just have to wait until the team announcement!” This means that Joe Pietersen is likely to wear the No 10 jersey on Friday night.
Another back-up flyhalf, Naas Olivier, could be lost to WP. The Cape Times has learnt that Griquas have offered Olivier a contract until the end of next year. Wagner, though, said on Tuesday that the deal has not yet been concluded. “Naas will only leave if Griquas agree to our terms,” he said.Tweet