Cape Town - Western Province coach John Dobson is not happy to see the Currie Cup played over a single round again this year.
As was the case in 2018, the seven teams will play each other once in a single round before the top four contest the semi-finals.
"If we are to say it is a developmental competition, as much as I don't like the idea, then we need to play over a double round to give players exposure at this level," Dobson said, as quoted by Netwerk24.
"If you want to host a playoff, you have to pretty much go through unbeaten. That means little room to manoeuvre. We want to be giving guys on the periphery a chance, but there's just no room. I don't mind the single round, but if you are trying to bring players through to increase the depth of South African rugby then it probably should be a double round."
Dobson added that the pone positive is that the season will end of September 7 this year.
"There's an opportunity for players to get some good rest, recover from their injuries and gain energy for next season."
WP, who lost 17-12 to the Sharks in last year's final at Newlands, will open their campaign at home against the Blue Bulls on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 17:15.