CAPE TOWN – Western Province won’t be in need of a sit-down to help them understand that a big step-up is needed against the Golden Lions on Saturday.
John Dobson’s team suffered a 32-27 defeat to the Sharks in Durban at the weekend after beating the Blue Bulls 20-5 in their Currie Cup opener last week.
Given the single-round format of the competition, no team can afford to lose two games if they want a shot at hosting a play-off.
This result was WP’s one error, and there can be no more going forward, especially considering the tough opponents that await them towards the end of the 2019 fixtures list.
Province have a bye after their meeting with the Lions, before hosting the Pumas at Newlands. After that, things will get real - in the form of a momentum-fuelled Griquas outfit (2019 SuperSport Challenge champions) and a Free State Cheetahs group that boasts a full-strength Currie Cup squad for the first time since joining the Pro14.