Victory is non-negotiable, says Coetzee

Allister Coetzee says WP will do everything possible to avoid the play-offs.

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee. Picture: Rafiq Wagiet/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee on Friday said the prospect of relegation will never stand with the passionate Newlands faithful.

Province could make the semi-finals if they win against the Cheetahs on Saturday.

However, a loss could see them end bottom of the log.

They would then have to play a promotion/relegation match to retain their status in the Premier Division next season.

Coetzee said winning is a non-negotiable.

"There's a reality that some of us may have to play relegation/promotion, but Western Province rugby and relegation/promotion doesn't match."

Coetzee said they are not even thinking about the threat of relegation.

"I always look at the glass half full. I give the young players an opportunity but also want to do well in the competition. Fortunately, they have the job and we just have to win Saturday so that we can be in the semi-final."

Province are currently third on the log while the Cheetahs are second from bottom.

Kickoff is at 5:05pm.

In another game, the defending champions, the Lions, will play the Bulls at Coca Cola Park.

The Bulls have been struggling this season and are currently bottom of the log.