This week Western Province will depend on their archrivals from Pretoria to leave the door wide open for them in this year’s Currie Cup rugby series.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that on Saturday the Sharks did their bit by beating the Free Sate Cheetahs 22-10 in Durban, and now WP will be pinning their hopes on the Blue Bulls’ emulating the Sharks by winning in Bloemfontein this coming Saturday.
WP (27), who trounced the Falcons 92-15, now trail the Cheetahs (32) by only 5 league points and could overtake them as early as Friday by beating Griquas at Newlands.
Thanks to their enormous win at the weekend, Allister Coetzee’s WP side are 12 points better off than the Cheetahs (+73 against +61). That is why WP simply have to remain on the victory path with their Springboks and hope that the Cheetahs’ season gets derailed when they play the Bulls on their home ground.
Should the Cheetahs not succeed in picking up any points against the Bulls, WP could be in fourth place after the weekend based on points difference.
For that to happen, however, WP will have to beat Griquas by four tries on Friday evening.
Coetzee laughed on Sunday when he was asked whether he would be supporting the Bulls this week.
“You can say that if you like,” he said; “I don’t think coaches should talk too much.”
“We just have to keep our side prepared and focus on Griquas. The challenge has always been to collect 25 points in our last five matches.
“We aim to pick up 5 points against Griquas and see how many points we can accumulate. We also want to ensure that we keep improving as a team.”
Coetzee will decide early this week whether two of his injured players will play against Griquas.
“Adriaan Fondse (lock) took a knock on the head and Schalk Brits (hooker) a blow on the chest. I don’t think these are serious, though, because the doctor would have informed me by now if that was the case,” said Coetzee.Tweet