Currie Cup XV 25.10.2015 03:50 pm

‘It was terrible’ – Western Province coach

Western Province rugby coach John Dobson. Picture: Gallo

Western Province rugby coach John Dobson. Picture: Gallo

Western Province coach John Dobson remained puzzled about his team’s error-ridden performance in going down 32-24 to the Lions in the Absa Currie Cup final at Ellis Park on Saturday.

With the win the Lions dethroned the former champions while it was a campaign worth to remember as they went through the entire competition unbeaten, including the 10 regular matches, the semifinal and the grand finale.

“I can’t explain the countless errors we made, it was terrible, we really left ourselves with too much to do, but we did get to eight points with 18,19 minutes to go and we should have got another score,” said Dobson.

“However we knew what was coming, but we threw it away in the first half,” he said.

Young flyhalf Robert du Preez especially experienced a shocker, missing kicks for touch, knocking the ball on, kicking an attacking penalty out behind the corner flag, even though he slightly redeemed himself by scoring the losers’ opening try on the stroke of halftime to reduce the Lions lead from 22-3 to 22-10.

“I feel sorry for Rob, he is an excellent player, playing in a final at 21, 22 years of age, he’ll bounce back, I just feel for him, we looked at what was happening and thought we should make a sub there and he just had one of those nightmare days that you don’t wish on anybody,” Dobson said.

“But half of the point of playing Rob in the Currie Cup was to bring him through, you can’t tell him at halftime listen you messed up as that would break him even more, so he got the try, but after the first 10 minutes of the second half I thought shame it was just one of those days,” he said.

Dobson said however the reason for their loss runs much deeper.

“Apart from the dropped balls and passes we gave them momentum on attack, they attacked with real ferocity and directness, and we had to man up and get off the line – but once you have momentum you are under pressure and makes it more difficult to attack, but credit to the Lions, there’s no question, they deserve the Currie Cup.

“We knew minutes 0-20 would be dramatic and then 10-20 we were hoping to be just like seven points down.

“But with eight points down late in the game we had a lineout just inside their 22, which we messed up and had we execute there it would have been a one-score game, we had a lot of hope still then.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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