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WP shift focus to Sharks semi-final


Coach John Dobson wants to ensure Western Province are at their best for the Currie Cup semi-final against the Sharks next weekend.

Following the cancellation of their final league fixture on Saturday due to positive Covid-19 tests in the Sharks camp, WP will finish in second place on the log.

While there are still two matches to be played this weekend, neither of them will have an impact on the final positions of the top four teams, with the Bulls set to host the Lions in the other semi-final.

Having missed out on facing the Sharks both in Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup due to Covid-19, Province are set to finally face their coastal rivals in a home semi-final.

'While it is very disappointing to have our game this weekend called off, we respect the regulations and the need to put everyone’s safety first,' said Dobson.

'We now know that we will be playing the Sharks in our semi-final, so our focus right now is on ensuring that we are as well-prepared for that challenge as possible.'

Given the current uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 situation across the country and in South African rugby, Dobson and his charges will wait for official confirmation of the date and time of their semi-final.

'Having finished in second position, it means a lot to our team and indeed our supporters, for us to be able to play our semi-final at Newlands,' he said.

'We know that these are extraordinary times, but we remain hopeful that we will still get the opportunity to run out in a Currie Cup playoff game in the famous blue and white hooped jersey at the stadium which holds such a dear place in the hearts of everyone who has watched and supported rugby in South Africa.'