Coetzee lashes WP players
WESTERN Province coach Allister Coetzee let several months of frustration out after watching his side slump to a dispiriting home Currie Cup defeat against the Sharks on Saturday night.
For the 18th time this season, a team coached by Coetzee failed to score four tries in a competitive match, despite having several chances to do so.
But worse for the coach was the way his side gave up a 10-point half-time lead inside the first four minutes of the second half, which set them on their way to a 25-23 defeat.
The normally mild-mannered Coetzee was clearly angry with his team's effort and, for once, he didn't protect them from the media, lashing out at their poor display.
"When you play against yourself it becomes a helluva uphill battle and it is just disappointing irrespective of the fact that we had nine new players. I am very disappointed with the basic errors we made," Coetzee said.
"These were individual errors but I don't believe it was an attitude problem. The reason I say that is, if you look at the way we defended, and at our willingness to attack, it's obvious the attitude was there.
"But if you can't catch a simple pass, or throw a decent pass, there is a problem. If you can't control the restart and they go and score, I don't think it is a system problem, it is an individual mistake and there were too many individual errors.
"Certain individuals know they have to step up and take responsibility. This wasn't good enough."
Sharks coach John Plumtree was naturally pleased, especially as half his squad had been flying between SA and Australasia on a weekly basis for a last month attempting to win the Super 15 title.
"We'll take the win because it's never easy to win at Newlands. But we still have a lot of work to do," Plumtree said.
"We'll get better and so will WP, but this was a good win because we had very little preparation time as a team.
"Some guys hadn't had a lot of game time before this match and others had played and travelled a lot. The travel is difficult but then again there was a great energy with the new guys in the squad."