CAPE TOWN – A strong start and sustained effort is key given the short Currie Cup format, and that element will be a key focus for both Western Province and the Sharks on Saturday.
For the Sharks, though, their hapless performance against Griquas at the weekend was as far from the ideal start as Kings Park is from Newlands, and one can only expect them to come at Province hard when last year’s finalists meet in Durban on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 2pm).
For the Durbanites it will be more about getting back on track and preventing another Kings Park horror, which would slightly dent their chances of making sure that Currie Cup trophy remains in KwaZulu-Natal.
WP, on the other hand, got the job done against the Blue Bulls in Cape Town, and conceded only one try - an impressive stat given the Bulls’ backline weaponry.
Their defence was a standout on Saturday night, with their line speed showing promising signs, while their scramble defence also halted a number of the opposition’s eager runners.
Overall, it was a pleasing performance for the hosts up front, and their scrum also menaced their Bulls counterparts.
And according to WP defence coach Norman Laker, the plan is to continue refining the technique during the Currie Cup season.