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Proudfoot says its back to basics
30/09/2010
Vodacom Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot believes the team who has the upper hand in the set phases, will be victorious in Saturday's big North/South derby against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria.
Vodacom Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot believes the team who has the upper hand in the set phases, will be victorious in Saturday's big North/South derby against the Blue Bulls in Pretoria.

Proudfoot said things have been going well on the training field this week and that a lot of good work had been done. "There was a lot of intensity in training and the guys realise it is a crunch game this weekend.

"It is going to be interesting, these games are very interesting."

Proudfoot said the Province pack has decided to go back to the things that made them successful in the first six games of the competition. "I just think after the three losses we started focusing again on the things that worked well for us all season.

"We are just re-emphasising it - what worked for us and started working on those things again. We spent time and detail on it; making sure our set phases are good.

"The guys are really focusing on the set phase. Against the Bulls you know you are in a game because they target the set phases and you got to be really strong there."

The former Scotland international prop said the return of Springbok star Gurthro Steenkamp and tough-as-teak flanker Deon Stegmann would boost the Bulls pack.

"I think the key to the Bulls success is the incredible quality in their depth. Stegmann or Kuhn at 6 will be fantastic for them. I think that Gurthro is having the season of his life, so it will be a big challenge for us as forwards, but we are looking forward to it."

The loss of prop Wicus Blaauw is a big one to Province, agreed Proudfoot, but he said all is not necessarily lost. "Wicus has just started to perform at his best level, so we are definitely going to miss him.

"I feel sorry for the poor guy. He has been playing well and was just starting to perform. Having said that, JD (Moller) and JC (Kritzinger) are guys we've relied upon throughout the year and I am sure they can get the job done."

Craig Joubert and his interpretation of the laws at the breakdown gave the Stormers headaches during the Super 14 final. According to Proudfoot that game came up for discussion this week.

"We have spoken about the decisions we make at the breakdown and we know we need to be more accurate with those decisions. We want quick ball, that's the reality; that is important in the modern game.

"We still have a chat to him during the week to find out more. But at the end of day we have to adapt. Every referee has a certain way of viewing things. The side that's going to be successful needs to adapt quickly.

"We got to make sure we get those aspects right, as we didn't get it right in the final." Proudfoot said his players would not lack confidence going into the game. "I think we got to be confident. We knew right from the start that at this time of the year these two games would have this importance to them. "We planned our season so that our confidence could be high at this stage of season. It is all about executing our plans, but we are going to have a plan and they are going to have a plan. "Both teams will be pushing really hard for the points. But saying and doing it are two completely different things. You just don't go to Loftus and pick up the points. "You are going to have to work hard for it and that is exciting, that is what makes the Currie Cup the special competition it is."



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