DHL Western Province head coach John Dobson wore a big smile after his team's 29-14 Absa Currie Cup win over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands on Friday.
The 2014 champions kept their home play-off chances alive with their well-executed three tries to one victory – a result which also made up for their disappointing away loss to the selfsame Bulls in Pretoria last month.
“I was very pleased with the result,” said Dobson on the www.wprugby.com website on Friday evening. “We had some plans and I think they obviously came off.
“I was a bit frustrated that we didn”t keep on attacking like we did in the first twenty minutes. Our old enemies, errors and penalties, started to cost us a bit, but I think we deserved the win – despite also missing out on the fourth try in the end.”
Speaking about his team”s tactics on the night against the Bulls, Dobson explained: “Our plan wasn”t to stop them, but, rather, about us winning our own breakdown and us getting through some phases. Our plan was to get quick ball and we got those two early tries (with quick ball).
“We were a lot more focused on our game – than theirs – and I actually thought they blinked first with the team they chose for the match,” added Dobson, who was very happy with his team”s 100% line-out effort on the night.
However, Dobson – forever the perfectionist – found a few negatives in his team”s performance, pointing, once again lamenting their poor discipline and inability to sustain their attack, which had Province leading by 12-0 after ten minutes at DHL Newlands.
“I am really frustrated with our discipline… we”re still giving away too many penalties,” said the DHL WP boss. “Full credit to (referee) Rasta Rasivhenge, he worked really hard on the off-sides with both teams, which is the right thing for rugby. That we didn”t adapt to that was frustrating.
“Secondly, we did not keep (up) our sustained attack. Our attack has evolved nicely over the past few weeks, but we need to keep it going rather than making unnecessary errors.
“The Bulls have attacked very well this year,” nbso online casino reviews added Dobson, who praised the DHL WP defensive effort. “I enjoy the Bulls” (new) style of rugby, but their only try was scored from a grubber – which I think we could”ve handled better, so I was very chuffed with our defence.”
However, in some potentially bad news on the injury front, hooker Scarra Ntubeni picked up a calf muscle injury after coming on as a replacement in the 48th minute, and fullback Cheslin Kolbe limped off a minute later with a leg injury.
Said Dobson: “Scarra”s injury is a bit worrying and Cheslin has gone off for a scan. On the upside, Nizaam Carr played almost 40 minutes and (hooker) Michael Willemse looks to be back from his long-term knee injury, which would help us were Scarra to be ruled out.
“We might make a few changes either way to keep the hunger in the team against the Pumas, as need to keep that momentum and hunger going into the play-offs.”
* DHL Western Province will play host to the Steval Pumas at DHL Newlands next Saturday (kick-off 15h00).
Starting at just R20 for standing room, with seats ranging between R30, R35, R40 and R50, match tickets for this encounter can be bought at Computicket – either online (see our ticketing page, http://wprugby.computicket.com) or in-store – and also from Shoprite/Checkers stores and the DHL Newlands Box Office.