Sun 3 Jan 2021 | 01:10

'It's like trench warfare'

'It's like trench warfare'
Sun 3 Jan 2021 | 01:10
'It's like trench warfare'
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CURRIE CUP REACTION: Western Province head coach John Dobson believes the game of rugby has become more like “trench warfare”, and he used his team’s match against the Cheetahs as an example.

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WP dramatically edged the Cheetahs in their Currie Cup Round Six encounter in Bloemfontein on Saturday.

Flyhalf Tim Swiel slotted his final and seventh penalty goal on the stroke of full-time to steer Western Province to a 31-29 win over the Cheetahs, moments after the home team launched a stunning comeback.

For large periods of the game, it was a battle of the boot between Frans Steyn and Swiel who were both successful with seven kicks to poles during the game.

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“At the start of the season we identified this as probably our hardest game because the Cheetahs are playing for so much more,” said Dobson.

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“They are playing for their futures and their pride, so we knew playing up here on January 2 was going to be a really tough game.

“The Bulls have lost here already, so it was a really tactical game and a real South African derby.

“That was a real Test match in terms of the Currie Cup. It was a really tough game of rugby. To emerge with the win was fantastic for us.”

Dobson said the match was another example of how penalties are dictating most rugby matches.

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“It was a strange game like that. For us, it felt like a Test match and the way rugby is now between those two No.10s there is a terrible war of attrition.

“It’s like trench warfare and the penalties are so expensive. If you concede a penalty to guys like Frans Steyn or Tiaan Swanepoel it’s three points or they are going to kick in the 22 as has happened today [Saturday] and they are going to score a maul try.

“Teams are not playing rugby in that area, which is not a great product in that respect,” Dobson added.

Western Province will face the Sharks in Cape Town in the final round with a home semifinal on the line.

'It's like trench warfare'

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