Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
15 Oct 2013
6:00 am

First things first for WP

Rudolph Jacobs

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has warned that it would be "foolish" to talk prematurely about a final when they haven't got past the Lions yet.

Allister Coetzee. File Picture: Luke Walker/Gallo Images

While Province and the Sharks are the overwhelming favourites to advance after the Cape side won in Durban last year, Currie Cup semifinals remain a once-off.

“We achieved the first objective last weekend against the Lions by getting a home semifinal,” noted Coetzee.

“We also badly wanted to go through this competition unbeaten and that’s what we’ve achieved and with it we also managed to end at the top.”

Province’s achievement of qualifying for the play-offs unbeaten hasn’t been done since 1996 when the Sharks retained the trophy unbeaten by overcoming Transvaal 33-15 in the final at Ellis Park.

“Yes, we’re in a great position heading into the semifinals, but the simple fact is that we need to win this weekend – there’s a lot at stake,” said Coetzee.

“It’s mission accomplished thus far – in terms of the league phase – but the most important match is this weekend – against the Lions.”

The Lions are also a team that knows what it feels like to be on the losing end in a home semi after Province scored the match-winning try in the dying seconds last year at Ellis Park.

“I think it would be foolish to talk about winning the final if you haven’t gone through the semifinals,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee also said there were no fresh injuries.