Teamwork behind Western Province’s success

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee said his team’s emphatic 31-7 victory over the Free State Cheetahs in Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal was the product of team work based on commitment in all aspects of the game.

“Thas was an all-round display in terms of commitment from each player,” said Coetzee.

“This team has a philosophy of trying to improve in all aspects of the game, from one game to next, and that was the case today.

“Today this team made that step up in intensity. The backs did extremely well to maintain the ball and create openings.

“It was good to see Bryan Habana playing well again and rounding off the way he did.”

Coetzee said the pre-match disappointment that the Sharks had defeated the Blue Bulls, which meant the final of the domestic competition would be in Durban, did not cloud his side’s vision for a meaningful performance.

“The result of the Sharks-Bulls match had no impact on our thinking, and besides, when you’re playing a team like the Cheetahs, there’s no chance to occupy your thoughts with something outside the match.

“We are happy with our fate and we know that we have our work cut out in Durban.

“All we have to do now is to make sure that all the players are fit and rested for the final.”

Schalk Burger, the Province captain, will play in his first Currie Cup final, although he’s played in three previous semifinals on the losing side. He felt the semifinal win was worth celebrating but noted that they still had work to do.

“We have not won the Currie Cup yet and therefore we have not achieved yet,” said Burger. “I think today we used our chances well.”

Cheetahs coach Naka Drotsky did well to mask his disappointment by saying that Province were deserving winners.

“The first try we gave away was unnecessary and you can’t win a match that way,” said Drotske.

“Province were superb today and it seemed they had our number at the breakdown. (Flanker Francois) Louw was particularly good.

“We needed a good start to beat Province and that did not happen.”

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