Our scrum laid the platform says captain

Western Province’s powerful scrummaging effort just on the hour mark paved the way for the side’s match winning try in their 25-19 victory over the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.

Surprisingly, the match attracted one of the biggest crowds at Newlands this season and the 43, 000 audience erupted after the Province pack mowed down their opponents and captain Luke Watson rounded off the ploy with try after the Bulls pack started breaking up behind their tryline.

Watson heaped praise on the Province pack for the try, which turned out to be the turning point in this North-South derby.


“The try came after a very frustrating passage of play for us, but we managed to push through,” said Watson.

“The try was a memorable one and the Province pack must take great credit for it. “But it was absolutely fantastic playing at Newlands today, and the try just seemed to get the crowd going.

“The Super 14 has its atmosphere but the atmosphere at Newlands was pretty special today. “There were also a lot of Bulls supporters at Newlands today.”

Allister Coetzee, the Western Province coach, said that although the wining margin was only six points it was an “emphatic” win.

“It was an emphatic win, and we saw that after the Bulls came out firing at us in the first 15 minutes, we did not panic,” said Coetzee. “I said it last week, and I’m saying it again – this side is making progress all the time.

“This side is maturing and helping us to become a real championship side. “The ref was under pressure, but we adapted (to his calls). It’s about managing the ref and once we did that the 50/50 calls went our way.

“We made a few errors at the start but as coaches we know that we have systems in place that allows the players to get back into the game.”

Frans Ludeke, the Blue Bulls coach, said both teams played positive rugby and that rugby was the real winner.

“Both teams were technical and positive,” said Ludeke. “We just couldn’t get going in the second half, especially when we were in the right areas.

“Province just used their chances much better than us.

“We’ll go home with our heads held high because of our commitment and effort in the match.”

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