BULLDOZER: Ivor van der Merve CREDIT: Noor Slamdien

Whenever club players get recognised by the Western Province Rugby Union, they leave a void at their respective clubs.

Missing training sessions and not being available does make it difficult for teams to keep their continuity.

Belhar had no less than nine players called up to the WP Emerging Squad and while lock Ivor van der Merwe and company richly deserves their call-ups, it has had an impact on the club.

Furthermore, playmaker Dennis Cox has been a regular for Western Province in the Currie Cup.

And while this has been an indication of the good work done at the club, it has also led to some disruptive planning - especially during the June break and the preparation for their clash against Parow NNK last weekend.

So much so that coach Bronson Weir’s side was shocked by the league’s bottom-dwellers as the men from Parow won their first match of the season, beating Belhar 27-26.

Coach Weir says he will take the defeat on the chin, and adds that they will have to bounce back well when they host Brackenfell at Accordian Park this weekend.

Weir says: “The [June] break didn’t do us well.

“A number of guys was with the Emerging Squad and that disrupted our planning a bit.

“You have to be happy for the guys that are coming through the [system].

“Look at Dennis Cox, who has now played his fourth match for Western Province.

“I will take this [defeat] on the chin, we really thought the five points were up for grabs when coming over here.

“The guys were on a high and thought the points would come to them by just pitching up. But it doesn’t work like that.

“And we have to stand up against Brackenfell at home.”

Of their opponents this weekend, Weir adds: “They are very consistent and it won’t be an easy game. They will come for us.”

In the only other Super League A match this past weekend, False Bay kept their unbeaten status in the league by beating Durbell 33-27 at home.

It was Durbell’s second defeat of the campaign.