Being knocked out of a tournament is never an enjoyable experience, but it was one nevertheless that DHL WP was forced to endure on Saturday when they suffered a 29-20 defeat to the MTN Golden Lions in Johannesburg.
Coach Allister Coetzee was understandably disappointed to fall short at the semifinal stage, but speaking exclusively to WPRugby.com Coetzee had no complaints about the result. “The Lions outplayed us on the day. They were definitely the better side and we were not at our best, especially in the first half.”
“The one key area for me was the team cohesion that the Lions had. They played much better as a unit than we did and certainly deserved to win.”
Whilst for many making the semifinals would be an achievement, Coetzee admits that he has not been happy with how the Currie Cup season has gone for his side. “It has been a tough season and we are a bit disappointed with how it has panned out. Our goal was to not just make the playoffs, but to win the competition and we have not achieved that. I think a lot of people felt we would do well after the return of the Springboks, but there are no guarantees in rugby and it just was not meant to be this time.
“We will take the lessons from this and move on. The one positive was that we were able to create some depth with our younger players, but in the end it wasn’t quite good enough. “
Although the dust has only just settled on the 2011 campaign, Coetzee and his coaching staff are already looking to the 2012 season as they prepare for another hard season of Super Rugby starting in February. He said: “Now the job is to reflect on 2011 and start planning for next season. We will be looking at where we can improve and what we can turnaround. We want to do better next season and we are looking forward to getting stuck in to the new campaign.”