Saturday saw DHL Western Province keep the history books intact as they kept their 111 year record of not losing to Griquas in Newlands going strong.
Western Province sent the men from Kimberly packing with a resounding 45-21 victory, managing to both score 4 tries and come through the game without an injured player . Rugby historian Paul Dobson must have received thousands of calls and sms’s from hacks trying to find out when last or if ever something of this sort has happened.
Western Province play host to the MTN Lions on Saturday and Johan Ackermans charges are in some furious form and sitting pretty at the top of the Currie Cup log, Allister Coetzee will be well pleased with last Saturdays win but must also certainly know that his team will have to deliver a much better performance than the one on Saturday. While they did play well in getting players over the chalk 6 times there were quite a few unforced errors that weren’t mentioned in the media. Too many passes never went to hand, either going behind the intended receiver or arriving at the receiver at ankle height causing a knock on or just slowing down the movement. Against the Lions such errors will be costly.
Another reason for Allister Coetzee and his team to have a small smile is that Elton Jantjies will not be spearheading the Lions attack as he will be adding to his impressive collection of unused Bok jerseys, Jantjies has been in consistent form this season and has a habit of bringing every player in the Lions jersey into the game, hell I’m sure the unused subs somehow keep the statisticians busy somehow. The men from Jozi will no doubt miss Elton while DHL Western Provinces pivot Demetri Catrakilis is in remarkable form with his boot knocking over kicks from anywhere on the field, so accurate was he on Saturday that had a kick been positioned from within the change rooms he would have knocked that over as well.
Saturday afternoons clash is going to be an interesting one between a team ruthless on attack and one trying hard to prove that it can
DWL Western Province vs MTN Lions
Saturday 29 September 14h00Tweet