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Published on Jul 19th, 2011, No Comments

The men from Cape Town dished out a shockingly amateurish performance against a well below par GWK Griquas side this past Saturday in their Currie Cup encounter and in the end had to be content with a draw. True to form, Allister Coetzee dished out the same excuses that have become his trademark response after failing to win games. Coetzee was quoted in an Afrikaans newspaper as saying that they learnt a lot from the Griquas game and would take that forward into the next encounter. This sequence of events is as common as a winter cold and the supporters would like someone to flip the vinyl and change the record. The brain trust at this union has to understand that their loyal fan base is fed-up with the team losing, claiming they’ve seen the error of their ways and repeating the same mistakes the next week.

The player intrusted with the captain’s armband, Deon Fourie had a shocker of a game and lost five lineouts on his own throw. In his defence, his task was made considerably tougher by Hilton Lobberts and De Kock Steenkamp’s inability to time their jumps. It became painfully evident that the real reason Coetzee made a lock of Rynardt Elstadt is that he has NO confidence in the two men who wore number 4 and 5 on their back on Saturday afternoon. Brok Harris and Wickus Blaauw were at their useless best once more and by now most pre-school girls will back themselves to scrum these two backwards. Nick Koster seems to be still reeling from the effects of the intercept try Sean Maitland scored off him two weeks ago. Either that or he might be fancying his chances out on the wing again, seeing as this is where he was often, ineffectively looming.

Tim Whitehead is a shadow of the player we saw make his debut for the Stormers in 2010 and  Johann Sadie’s prolific game against the Blues in Auckland is now long forgotten.  This new Bulls-recruit needs to step up and offer something more than the excuse for a Tongan side-step he produces over and over.  I lost count of how often Province attacked the visitors’ line from a mere five yards out and failed to score. Running diagonally acorss the field without any chance of penetration, really has become the only thing the Cape Town backline does consistently.  Robbie Fleck must be extremely proud of moulding these young men into ineffectual centres who could only possibly be rivalled by a young Fleck himself.

But never fear people, the Pumas lie and wait this weekend and while it certainly won’t be pretty, Province should win comfortably. A better platform for them to vindicate themselves Allister, Robbie and Matt Proudfoot could certainly not have hoped for. Only to fumble around for feeble excuses when the next tough encounter comes around.

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