Ruthless rugga



September 21, 2016
Ruthless rugga

GOING ALL OUT: Lock de Klerk

WP must up game to beat Griquas at home.

Western Province know that if they want to be the first team to beat Griquas at home in the Currie Cup this year, they will have to be 
ruthless in all facets of the game.

Having been pushed by the winless Pumas in last weekend’s 31-23 win, 
Province know they can’t afford a similar performance against a team that defends their Kimberley turf with all their might.

And with places in the Currie Cup semifinals up for grabs, 
Friday night’s fixture (at 7pm) will go a long way in determining the final spots on the log.

Province need five log points, meaning a four-try bonus point win if they want to remain in 
control of their own destiny.

And lock Jan de Klerk admits this means they will have to find fifth gear almost straight from the kickoff.

De Klerk, though, knows his job and says it will be up to the pack of forwards to give Province’s backline with the likes of Cheslin Kolbe, Werner Kok and Huw Jones the opportunity to run wild.

But he warns that they can’t afford to make silly mistakes and run the risk of being punished.

De Klerk explains: “If we look at the past few games, we have to limit our mistakes.

“We have to look at penalties – we conceded too many penalties at scrum time and being offside – it is something we are working on.”

Asked whether they were perhaps not ruthless enough against the Pumas, De Klerk says: “There are certain areas in which we can be better.

“Some calls went against us, but we can’t blame that and we have to focus on what we can do — we must be more ruthless.”

Of the pack of forwards, he adds: “We are prepping well for Griquas — we are working hard on our lineouts and moves.

“I can feel the culture is getting better and better — the guys are more focused.

“As we said earlier in the campaign, before you can blink the Currie Cup will be over, so we are focusing on this match solely.

“As for the forwards, we will have to bring our side to give good ball to the backs.”

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