WSU Looks to do Double over Rose
The WSU All Blacks might be down but they’re not out following their sickening loss to Gardens at the Uitenhage Central Fields during last weekend’s Eastern Cape Super 12 rugby competition semi-final.
The men from Potsdam snubbed their own flame on their way to a disappointing 10 – 0 away loss despite controlling all facets of the game for the most part.
“We played according to the set plan and we were on top of them. However, mistakes and squandered chances cost us the game,” said a disappointed WSU All Blacks coach Sipho Metula.
After soaking up pressure for most of the game, a quick throw-in in the latter stages of the game would spell the conclusion of WSU’s season as its defensive lines gave way like the Strait of Gibraltar to see Gardens run in for the only try of the game – effectively sealing WSU’s fate.
Now, the Potsdam side will have to dig deep to launch one last assault as they welcome Port Elizabeth’s Spring Rose for this weekend’s 3rd/4th place play-off game to be played at the East London Police Park rugby ground.
“Having to pick our players up from last week’s disappointment has been tough. However, we have to get over it and give our best in tomorrow’s match. We owe that to our multitude of fans who have supported us throughout the season,” said Metula.
A few new faces will enjoy a rear starting berth come kick-off time, with the coaching staff looking to give a few players an opportunity to show their mettle.
Metula is not a courteous man when it comes to picking a squad, and these changes cannot be view as such. His methods are not without goal in mind.
With an Easter tournament fast approaching, the Border Rugby Super League in sight and the University Sports South Africa (USSA) Varsity Sport spectacle not too far off, Metula does well in trying to manage his team.
“Rugby is a gruelling sport and managing your team properly to avoid injuries and burnout must the top of your priority. Not only that, we must give these boys a chance to show that they can do the job when the need so arises,” concludes Metula.
WSU All Blacks vs Spring Rose (Port Elizabeth)
VENUE: East London Police Park Rugby Ground
DATE: Saturday, 27 March
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