CAPE TOWN – Western Province coach John Dobson says he wants to see more fluidity and opportunities created on attack following their Currie Cup win over the Blue Bulls.
WP opened their campaign with a 20-5 win at Newlands on Saturday, scoring three tries to the Bulls’ one.
Province managed to outscore their rivals in terms of tries, but Dobson was quick to admit they would have to work on their attack.
The Bulls, on the other hand, created a few decent opportunities and their backline threatened with a number of attacking spells, but the finishing wasn’t there.
“On attack, even though we went through phases, we didn’t seem to create opportunities. We always felt like there was a wall,” Dobson said after the game.
“One of our plans was the attacking kicks, and I think when we did them they worked well. That’s good, but we have to create more opportunities. I don’t feel that we’re putting defences under pressure.
“We have to create more fluidity and opportunities on attack.”
Wings Seabelo Senatla and Edwill van der Merwe are just two of the guys who would flourish under those increased opportunities, and both are players Dobson is excited about.
“He’s superb (Van der Merwe). We know him as a striker and we know him for all the crazy Varsity Cup celebrations, machine guns and all that stuff. But his defensive work, his aerial work, his work rate this is a guy we’re really excited about for the future.
“Seabelo wasn’t meant to play, he did his ankle and came in with a walking stick yesterday and we planned our whole thing thinking he wasn’t going to play.
“But then he came. I think he got some muti or something, he had this funny shaped walking stick,” Dobson quipped.
“He’s also coming on great in Fifteens, so it’s exciting.”
A try after the hooter from Craig Barry seals a convincing 20-5 victory for DHL WP in their Currie Cup opener against Vodacom Blue Bulls. What a roar from the DHL Newlands Faithful at the end. #WPvBUL#wpjoulekkerding