WP’s great defence a problem, says coach

2013-09-03 00:00

THE excellent and well-organised Western Province defence will pose fresh problems for the Sharks at Newlands this weekend, coach Brad Macleod-Henderson said last night.

The Sharks head the Currie Cup log by two points. They face unbeaten Province in the final game of the first round in Cape Town late on Saturday (7.10 pm).

“Province are a quality side and the only unbeaten team left in the Currie Cup [they have drawn two of their games].

“The fact that they haven’t lost yet, just shows how good they are.”

The Sharks coach said they had analysed the Province game.

“We’ve looked at a few things but, to be honest, we’ve spent more time on our game. We know that we’ll need to be patient and accurate to break down their great defence.”

He said that the Currie Cup competition was exceptionally tight this year with six quality sides involved in a weekly dog fight.

“You have to be on top of your game every week. And that makes the bonus point that we gained at the weekend [against the Blue Bulls] a real bonus.”

He said the coaching staff were delighted with the five log points against the Bulls.

“But obviously we will always look to improve in one or two areas of our game.

“The bench came on and made a really big impact on the game at a critical time. Charl McLeod was named man of the match after playing for 30-odd minutes, which shows how well he played.”

Macleod-Henderson said that the teams were taking time to settle into the new scrum laws.

“We did well at scrum time against Free State the previous week, but then suffered against the Blue Bulls. We have Balie Swart [former Bok prop] coming to visit us [today] to help us get on the same wavelength as the referees.”

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