WP's discipline a concern – Coetzee

Date published: August 19 2014

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Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has admitted that his side's poor discipline is a “great concern”.

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has admitted that his side's poor discipline is a “great concern”.

Despite winning their two opening matches, – against the Eastern Province Kings and the Blue Bulls – convincingly, they have already received five yellow cards and have a high penalty count against them.

“We have discipline issues and it is a great concern for us,” said Coetzee.

“The yellow cards that we've picked up in the past two matches are unacceptable and players need to take responsibility.

There is also the matter of penalties.”

Coetzee said his side had conceded 18 penalties against the Bulls, and 16 the previous week.

He said the penalty count was invariably high when sides that were strong on mauling played each other.

Province were also conceding penalties when contesting defensive scrums.

“Defensive scrums have cost us penalties and we are taking an in-depth look at the matter,” added Coetzee.

“This week we will also seek clarity from the Manager of Referees for the South African Rugby Union, Andre Watson.”

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