Fleck says Vodacom WP should stay focused
Robbie Fleck says it was a great performance in Kimberley, but the team should not get ahead of itself and stay focused for Saturday's big Absa Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls.
Vodacom Western Province assistant coach Robbie Fleck says it was a great performance in Kimberley, but the team should not get ahead of itself and stay focused for Saturday's big Absa Currie Cup match against the Blue Bulls.

The unbeaten Province, fresh from their 50-3 trashing of Griquas in Kimberley the past Saturday, now have the chance to stretch their unbeaten record in this year's Currie Cup campaign at Newlands.

Fleck said he was very happy with the performance that produced six tries. "We try to do these things, but always knew it would take a bit of time to kick in. It is basically a new team with new systems since the Super 14.

"It was a great win in Kimberley and it was good for the guys' confidence, particularly given the fact we haven't done well there before. We would have been happy with a one-point win.

"The way we won was very encouraging and all of us are very happy, not only the coach, but also the players."

Coach Allister Coetzee regularly speaks about finding the balance between attack and defence and the past Saturday was an example of how his team can play if they find that balance.

Fleck, a former Springbok centre, said they wanted to be tactically astute and clinical in the way they play in certain areas of the field. "We always knew it was going to be a matter of time before everything started to gel.

"But we cannot get ahead of ourselves. This weekend we got the Bulls and after that it is the Sharks. They are two top sides and they would give us an indication of how we have developed since the start of the season.

"To put in a performance like the one against Griquas was impressive, particularly because we battled there in the past. Everything started to click and the players understand what we are trying to do and they believe in it.

"In the previous games there were glimpses of what we are trying to achieve but we just couldn't string it together. Maybe through bad decision-making or a turnover here and there that stopped our momentum.

"On Saturday it stuck and we put really good pressure on Griquas. We did the hard yards up front and the opportunities came. The way we built momentum was really encouraging."

Fleck echoed Coetzee's sentiments about getting the balance right. "The last season or two we relied on a big pack doing the work for us, coupled with a solid defence. Defence let us win games, but from an attacking coach point of view I would like to see us getting the balance right between a conservative game and an attacking game.

"It is imperative that we do the hard yards first still. Nothing has changed in terms of our mindset. We will not be throwing around the ball just for the sake of it. The new laws dictate that we need to keep the ball.

"We have confidence in our systems and we know if we retain a bit more possession we can start to play good rugby. But again we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves. We've got the Bulls this weekend and that will be the real test of how we developed as a side."

Fleck said it was good to have Springboks Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh back, as they added a lot of sting to the attacking play. "They now played two games for us and they were absolutely phenomenal. That is exactly how Springboks should be in the Currie Cup.

"It was great to see those guys show their worth to WP. We don't really want to single out individuals, but they were really good against Griquas. As a young backline they came together nicely. They haven't even played together in the Super 14. Dewaldt Duvenage was the only one of the Super 14 team that retained his position.

"Paul Bosch really stepped up to the plate, Dewies is leading by example, Willem de Waal is playing some good rugby and Conrad Jantjes is also in good form. He is playing excellently after that huge injury."

Fleck said this WP team is a young one who are still in a growing phase. "We are trying to do things and in the process scored some good, solid victories. There are still a lot of exciting things to come from them. This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of where we want to be.

"Hopefully we can put up another solid performance against the Bulls. A Bulls vs WP game should always be sold out and hopefully it will be the case regardless of the absence of the Springboks.

"Hopefully our supporters will come out in their droves to support us. This is an exciting weekend for us for many reasons, not only in terms of the development of the team, but also in the culture we are busy creating.

"It is important that we try our best to get an edge over the Bulls. In the Super 14 final we took a bit of a dent to our egos and put in hard work to set the record straight, so this is a big weekend for us."

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