Western Province coach Allister Coetzee admits he has no idea what structures are in place should Saturday’s crucial Currie Cup encounter with the Boland Cavaliers be cancelled by match referee Christie du Preez.
Boland Chief Executive Piet Bergh confirmed this week that they will “pull out all the stops” to ensure the game does go ahead, despite the extraordinary wet weather in the Western Cape and poor drainage of the Wellington venue’s playing surface.
Rugby 365′s Peter Murison reports that last week’s match in Wellington between the Lions and Boland was very nearly cancelled by referee Phillip Bosch, due to the waterlogged pitch and, with the rain continuing to fall throughout the week, there remains the chance that the match will not be able to go ahead – as a result of unsuitable or dangerous playing conditions.
Coetzee says that, in the worst case scenario, he believes the fixture will simply have to be rearranged.
“If the referee finds that the conditions aren’t suited to play a match, it will probably be moved to another venue or postponed,” he said.
When asked if there had been any discussions about a possible changing of venue or contingency plans for the fixture Coetzee replied: “Not that I’m aware of, not at all. We all hope that weather conditions will improve this week.
“It’s going to be up to the ref to make this call and I think it will be a big call.”
The last thing Province need is for the game to be called off altogether and the teams share the points, as they are in a three-way race with the Lions and Free State Cheetahs for the two remaining places in the Currie Cup play-offs.
The third-placed Lions are nine points clear of WP and the Cheetahs. The Johannesburg-based team needs two points from their matches against the Sharks and WP to secure their place in the semifinals.
WP, who head the Cheetahs on points differential (a crucial factor), face Boland and the Lions – while the Cheetahs seem virtually guaranteed of 10 points from their remaining encounters with the Falcons and Boland.
That is why it is vital for Province that their game against the Cavaliers go ahead, as five points are non-negotiable if they want to stay in the Currie Cup race.Tweet