John Dobson and Jean-Luc du Plessis have been elated with Western Province’s Athlone revival on Friday which saved the Capetonians’ Currie Cup hopes alive.
WP got here again to beat the defending champion Pumas 22-14 at Athlone Stadium.
With the victory, fourth-placed WP have gained three of their final 4 matches and stay in competition for a playoff spot.
Reflecting on the outcome put up match, WP head coach Dobson informed reporters: “[There’s a saying] in Afrikaans, dit is diep lekker, this sense.
“We have been so dominant within the first half, so many errors within the second half however the character as J-L spoke within the altering room afterwards, on the finish there … actually, actually comfortable.
“It looks like a very huge win for us and it was crucial for us to remain on this competitors. I believe if we misplaced this match, the competitors might’ve gotten away from us.
“To belief these younger guys and to get this outcome, very pleasing, hey.”
Skipper Du Plessis, who scored a strive, kicked two conversions and nailed a penalty, echoed Dobson’s sentiments, including: “We actually caught collectively and fought via. A few video games this season in direction of the final 10 minutes, we’ve not been capable of recover from the road, however tonight was a distinct story.
“Actually pleased with the hassle, We all know we’ve bought some issues to work on however actually comfortable to come back away with the outcome… totally deserved.”
Dobson additionally acknowledged the importance for WP of the upcoming Vodacom URC ultimate involving the DHL Stormers, and the twin problem confronted by the teaching employees, however he stays assured within the management of Du Plessis and his crew as they put together to face the Lions subsequent week.
“This [coming week] goes to be an actual problem for J-L and his group as a result of, as a lot as we are able to want it, the coaches are going to be distracted by the URC – the entire hype goes to be there,” he mentioned.
“So it’s going to be as much as J-L and his management and his lieutenants to come back and get 5 factors. It’s going to be a great take a look at for them however he is an efficient chief, this man simply needs to win all the pieces.
“It’s going to be a player-led week and I’m positive we’re going to get a response.”
Du Plessis added: “You’d be kidding ourselves for those who say it [the final] doesn’t have an effect on you in any respect, as a result of we’re one group.
“However what helps us is we’re enjoying on a Friday, and we now have our personal job to do first, after which on Saturday we are able to go help the boys.”
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