No excuses from ’embarrassed’ WP

Date published: August 24 2015

Western Province head coach John Dobson offered no excuses after his team's 47-29 loss to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Bulls, who consolidated their position at the top of the Currie Cup table in the process, outscored their visitors five tries to two as they handed WP their first defeat of 2015 after the men from Cape Town led by 16-15 at half-time.

And new coach Dobson, who had guided his team to wins over Griquas and the Cheetahs in Week One and Two, offered no excuses in the aftermath.

“We were well beaten,” Dobson told WP's official website.

“We came here to play rugby, but we didn’t. Once the Bulls had momentum it was hard to stop them and, quite frankly, it was an embarrassment to Western Province Rugby the way we played.

“Not one of our players enhanced their reputations.”

A yellow card to Western Province right wing Dillyn Leyds proved to be a turning point in the match.

Leyds was yellow carded in the 60th minute for taking out a Blue Bulls player in the air, having scored a valuable intercept try 15 minutes earlier.

“The Bulls attacked brilliantly down the left-hand side and exploited the one-man advantage," added Dobson.

"Perhaps, as the coach, I should’ve made a plan but I didn’t.

“It was definitely the game changer and, like I said, it was very tough to stop them when they got the momentum.”