Fleck: ‘We need to im­prove dis­ci­pline’

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

CAPE TOWN — Western Prov­ince’s hopes of a Cur­rie Cup vic­tory to­day will de­pend on their abil­ity to re­duce mis­takes and im­prove on their set pieces against the Free State Chee­tahs in Cape Town.

“We need to cut down our er­rors and im­prove our dis­ci­pline, oth­er­wise Free State will make life very un­com­fort­able for us on Satur­day,” as­sis­tant coach Rob­bie Fleck said.

Prov­ince had to set­tle for a draw against the Bulls last week when their set pieces let them down. De­spite look­ing pur­pose­ful when they had ball in hand, they were of­ten starved of pos­ses­sion.

“The team would like noth­ing more than re­ward­ing Brok Har­ris with a vic­tory, but we also want to right the wrongs from last week.”

Prov­ince prop Har­ris will be run- ning out ahead of his team at New­lands, as a ges­ture to mark his 100th cap for the “Streep­truie”.

Har­ris felt the team’s scrum was bet­ter pre­pared to per­form un­der the new scrum rules.

“I won’t say it’s dif­fi­cult to scrum now, it’s just a new thing that we need to get used to,” Har­ris said.

“I just felt that we weren’t set­tled with the new rules, so we went to look at it again and worked hard to im­prove.”

The Chee­tahs coach said he was ex­pect­ing Prov­ince to turn in a vast­ly­im­proved set piece dis­play to­day.

“We worked re­ally hard on our own scrums and line-outs, but we also put a lot of work in analysing our op­po­nents,” Naka Drotske said.

“Western Prov­ince will make a step-up this week and would have worked re­ally hard on their scrums. We ex­pect quite a tough bat­tle up­front from them.

“Ev­ery week the plan is to get our own set piece right and to put a lot of pres­sure on the op­po­si­tion. That won’t change this week as it has been the plan since the Su­per 15 com­pe­ti­tion.”

Fleck said his team would face a chal­leng­ing time against Drotske’s out­fit.

“We face a high-rid­ing Chee­tahs side that should prob­a­bly have beaten the Brumbies in a Su­per Rugby play­off and, last week, they beat the Lions at El­lis Park,” said Fleck.

“They’re com­ing here on a mis­sion, so that im­me­di­ately puts us un­der pres­sure, but this [Prov­ince] team can op­er­ate un­der pres­sure.”

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