Allister Coetzee, the Western Province Currie Cup coach, said his team will remain patient in their quest to pick up bonus points.
Rugby 365 reports that Province scored a runaway 32-0 win over traditional rivals the Lions at Newlands on Saturday afternoon. However, despite a surfeit of possession they were prevented from scoring a fourth and bonus point try, which would have seen them gain five instead of four match points.
“Yes, the bonus point try eluded us but we’ll take the win,” said Coetzee. “The bonus, as its name suggests, is a bonus and it will come.
“In this team we have to wait for the combinations to settle, and to build momentum and confidence.
“The [Province] players showed heart out there. We’ve always battled to get four tries against the Lions.
“The four tries will come and in this respect we are striving to get our balance right.
“There were times today when we let ourselves down when we had ball in hand.Tactically we played them well, and they did well to neutralise us.
“When we attacked they rushed us, and we handled their rush defence very well.”
John Mitchell, the Lions’ New Zealand-born coach, said he was disappointed with the result and felt that the high number of first-half penalties had proved a setback for his side.
“It was disappointing that we did not get through the Province defence,” said Mitchell. “The (many) first-half penalties made a big difference in the way the match turned out.
“The [Lions'] defence is improving but we’ve got to learn to trust our ability to get over the advantage line.
“Province is very good on defence and not so special on attack. They create turn-overs very well.”Tweet