Coach Allister Coetzee refused to make excuses in the aftermath of the loss to the Lions in the Absa Currie Cup semifinal. “It hurts that we could not secure a second consecutive Currie Cup final especially after finishing as the top SA team and home semifinalist in Super Rugby this year” said the coach.
“We understand fully the pain of the Faithful out there, maybe even more so. The players and management are equally if not more hungry for silverware and there was lot of disappointment and introspection in the camp. Congratulations to the Lions, they had continuity and cohesion and were good on the day. They deserved the win.”
The coach went on to point out that the season was not however all negative,” The disappointment of not making this year’s final this year aside, I have not changed my mind on the value that this season will have into the future. The names of JJ and Sadie are bandied about in argument pointing to the failure of WP to develop and retain its youngsters and provide quality depth into the future.
The reality is however somewhat different. Those players contracts came to an end and we tried hard to keep them. That said there are fantastic structures in place at all levels and a big group of talented youngsters coming through the ranks. This season 16 U21 players received significant game time in the senior competition, with the bulk of them having signed with WP for the future.
It would have been easy to buy old experienced players for the Currie Cup season. We took the opposite route as a stated pre-season goal to continue the development of our youngsters to ensure depth for Super Rugby. Whilst it may be of little immediate consolation, that investment is a great one and will be of enormous value next season and into the future.”
“After a loss like this it is never easy for the coaches and players that really do give there all. Thank you to Faithful for your support, we will continue to do everything in our power to make to you proud. With this season over and our focus now switches firmly to Super Rugby 2012. “concluded the coach.