Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
17 Sep 2013
6:00 am

Province keep feet on ground

Rudolph Jacobs

The reality of back-to-back Currie Cup titles is starting to become more than just a pipe dream in the Cape.

But, warned Western Province coach Allister Coetzee, above, with four rounds to go until the play-offs, plenty of water still has to run into the sea.

“It’s important to keep your feet on the ground in the Currie Cup,” he said. “We spoke about it, there’s no time for celebrations we have plenty of hard work ahead of us, as we look to keep winning every week.”

After recording their first Currie Cup win at Loftus since 2006, Province are the only unbeaten side left, but the Sharks, who have lost twice, are in close range.

Ahead of hosting Griquas at Newlands on Friday night, Coetzee admitted he is worried about a few niggles in the squad, and they are still awaiting the pending hearing of flank Michael Rhodes who was red-carded last weekend.

“We have a few niggles in the team, as you would expect after such a physical encounter, but we will assess everyone.

“I’m particularly worried about (flank) Rynhardt Elstadt’s shoulder and (flyhalf) Gary van Aswegen’s knee, but we will see how they look.”

There is also concern over new lock Tazz Fuzani, who made a storming debut at Loftus, but then took a hard knock and had to leave proceedings just two minutes before Rhodes was sent off.