Despite their impressive start to the Currie Cup season, DHL Western Province will be worried about a lack of discipline in the team.
A 35-16 win over the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth was followed up by a 41-17 mauling of the Blue Bulls at Newlands last weekend.
However, one major blot in the WP copybook on Saturday was their discipline, as lock Manuel Carizza and wing Kobus van Wyk both spent time in the sin bin.
The weekend before, against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth, the team conceded three yellow cards – something WP coach Allister Coetzee is determined to eradicate from his team’s make-up.
“There is a tendency to be over anxious in defence because this team does not want to concede tries,” Coetzee told the WP Rugby website. “At times our players were also guilty of over-exuberance and that leads to penalties against us.
“Referees are not going to allow cynical things and our players will be hit hard financially when this happens. We have standards for the way we want to play and we frown on players being yellow-carded.”
WP will host the table-topping Golden Lions at Newlands on Saturday, with the winner of this match likely to move clear into first place on the Currie Cup standings – unless the Sharks beat the Cheetahs by a very big margin in Durban.
“We want to build on this performance because we are striving for consistency week in and week out,” said Coetzee.
“We must cut out the soft moments in the game when allow opponents through for a try because we did not retain our shape as a team.”