If it were not for two disallowed Sharks tries and four missed kicks by flyhalf Pat Lambie, the score would have reached embarrassing proportions.
“We were there last year and if you are the favourites you just have to think like a underdog, but tactically they played very well while we had one of our worst games,” Coetzee lamented.
“It’s not a case of life and death. We were ready, we tried to play, but the more we tried the more we went down the spiral. We have to compliment their clever kicking game though,” he said.
Coetzee said they played the Sharks twice this year and acknowledged that the impact of Willem Alberts and Bismarck du Plessis was instrumental.
“We tried to build continuity, but when you get penalised 20 times at the breakdowns … where do you get that?
“I can’t say they haven’t been penalised enough, but statistics have proven the team that gets penalised often will suffer,” he said.
The Sharks’ tactical kicking game was also supreme, Coetzee admitted, while Province’s defensive strategy was found wanting.
“We have to give the Sharks credit, they were outstanding and everything went their way,” Coetzee added.