CAPE TOWN – Western Province are always going to want to win the Currie Cup. And in a way, they need it.
At the team’s training base in Bellville yesterday, Province coach John Dobson spoke about the value the domestic competition still brings - although it’s more of a developmental competition nowadays - and the financial gain, of course, would be welcomed by any union.
But the shorted competition doesn’t offer much room for experimenting with selections, which makes that development goal a lot harder to achieve as the focus needs to be on winning every game. And according to the new Stormers coach, it’s their playing style they’ll be experimenting with.
“Western Province are always going to want to win the Currie Cup. With the financial pressures facing the unions you’ve got to try and win it,” Dobson said. “The main experimentation is going to be the playing style and how we train.
“Today (yesterday) was very traditional and we had a lot to get through, but we want to mix up how we play a bit more. There are various processes technical stuff we want to refine.”