WP scrum needs to improve

Date published: October 20 2015

Western Province coach John Dobson thinks his forward pack will have a considerable amount to improve on ahead of the Currie Cup final against the Golden Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

Dobson, whose team beat the Blue Bulls 23-18 at Loftus Versfeld last weekend, has an opportunity to help his union win a 34th title, and produce a repeat of last year's successful campaign.

However, he does realize that beating the only unbeaten team in 2015 will be an enormous undertaking, primarily because the Lions have such a formidable scrum.

"You can get beaten in the breakdown and the lineouts, get monstered in the maul but when you get smashed in the scrum, you get penalised and you get carded," said Dobson ahead of the highly anticipated fixture.

"That sets you back and the Lions already have the rub of the green when it comes to the scrum and, read into it what you will, we need to sort out that facet this week." 

The last time Western Province were at Ellis Park, they came horribly unstuck, and suffered a 62-32 defeat against the Johannesburg outfit. Dobson thinks the scrum had a huge part to play.

"We'll scrum well, but it was a concern last time we were there," said Dobson. 

"At scrum time, the Lions have won 59 penalties and conceded 17. We have won 27 penalties and conceded 21.

"We don't teach our guys to drop the scrum and when you have a dominant scrum, you want to scrum. It is a source of concern for us and I don't think it's a new story."