Western Province received some good news with the return off a few players to training this week. Schalk Burger and Frans Malherbe have re-joined the team in their training sessions on Monday. They will be taking part in the scrumming sessions on Tuesday and then more will be known on their fitness and availability for the game against the Cheetahs this weekend.
Captain Deon Fourie has also join the squad with Michael Rhodes who served his one week suspension.
Demetri Catrakilis looks set to start for Western province this weekend after coming on from the bench against Griquas. Rynhardt Elstadt and Gary van Aswegen are still out with injuries.
Lions coach Johan Ackermann was clearly not happy with his team’s performance although the result was never in doubt during the game. Ackermann said he was disappointed because his team did not capitalise on the dominance they had in the match over the Blue Bulls.
The Bulls had fourteen men on the field for twenty minutes of the game which the Lions could not capitalize on. The coach was also concerned about their defence as they let in too many tries from broken play.
Another sad weekend for Blue Bull fans and another assurance that there is still change for them to turn it around.
Captain Jono Ross believes his team will still make the Currie Cup play-offs despite their lost over the weekend, leaving them with two wins out of seven matches. The Bulls are lying five points behind the Cheetahs and with other teams doing them some favours they can make the paly-offs if they win their remaining matches.
Discipline is one major problem for the Bulls as the conceded two yellow cards again this weekend against the Lions. You just cannot afford to play against quality sides with fourteen men and think you can comeback from behind.
Many supporters is calling for Pine Pienaar to go as they believe the Blue Bulls has no structure in defence or attack.
Sharks coach Macleod-Henderson has praised his troops for their performance against the Cheetahs and said it was the best performance yet from a Sharks side.
The Sharks came off two poor performances against the Griquas which the won with one points and the lost against the Western Province the previous week.
The Sharks almost played the perfect game for eighty minutes the coach said after the game. The Sharks will play the Golden Lions this weekend which should be the game of the weekend.
Naka Drotske is still coming to terms with his team’s poor performance this weekend against the Sharks in Durban.
He insist that his team just did not pitch up on Saturday against the Sharks as their record showed that they had conceded the least tries than any other team before the weekends game. The Cheetahs have another big match at home this weekend against Western Province.
Drotske believes they have enough time to correct the mistakes from the weekend before the clash against Western Province.
Griquas must be the unluckiest team in the competition with loosing weekend in and week out with just a few points separating them from their opponents.Griquas coach, Pote Human admitted that it is very difficult to pick his players up every week after losing these close matches. In five of their seven matches they lost with a bonus point and in most games they had the changes to take the games.
Flyhalf Francois Brummer is struggling with a knee injury and would be on the doubtful list ahead of the visit by the Bulls this coming Saturday. Prop Nick Schonert took a blow to the head and will be assessed this coming week.