Vodacom Western Province copped a bit of flak from certain circles for not earning a bonus point against the Lions in their Absa Currie Cup match at Newlands on Saturday, but coach Allister Coetzee was happy with the convincing victory.
WP beat the Lions 32-0 and are sitting pretty on top of the log after two games, but a lot of the discussion after the match was about the fact they needed one more try to get the bonus point.
The coach, however, was not too perturbed about the fact the bonus point got away, saying 32-0 was a good win. "Let me put it this way: First of all I am very pleased with the victory.
"We played two of the Super 14 sides in this competition which should have been much more organised with our current team. That is why I'm very satisfied with the way we handled it.
"You will remember it took us a month to score our first bonus point in the Super 14, I think it was against the Highlanders, so we'll take the bonus point when it comes. To me it is more important that we settle the new combinations first.
"We've got to give players first the opportunity to settle as combinations. I am very pleased. We scrummed well and our set piece was really good. It's becoming a bit of a cliché here saying how outstanding our defensive performance was.
"The players showed heart to keep the Lions scoreless. Our Super 14 team with our best players battled to score tries against Lions, so this is a good victory for us and we just have to build on this."
Coetzee said he does not agree with people who say WP play a conservative brand of rugby. "I don't think its conservative. We always strive to get the balance right between kicking and running rugby.
"We created opportunities to score the fourth try, but I feel here and there we let ourselves down with ball in hand. But it happens to any team.
"It was only our second game in the Currie Cup and as the players understand the importance of holding on to the ball better we will limit the mistakes going forward."
Province now take on the Leopards on Friday night in Potchefstroom.