So much for going unbeaten
So much for going unbeaten all season…
When it really matters, Western Province again failed to deliver and left the country's most passionate supporters in despair and trophyless for yet another year. (Barring last year of course!)
This Currie Cup season ended in much the same fashion as last year's Super Rugby campaign did for the Stormers' in their shock defeat at home to the Sharks, ending their desperate quest for silverware.
They went unbeaten all season long, but fell hard at the final hurdle.
In fact the writing was on the wall all season long, that they were not destined to win the title this year.
For large parts of the season, Western Province never looked convincing enough and despite going the entire campaign unbeaten their two draws made up part of that unbeaten run - the two draws that should have been victories.
Province only showed glimpses of brilliance during the season with young talents like Scarra Ntubeni and Cheslin Kolbe showing what they're made of what a bright future lies in wait for the union.
Province have now lost two Currie Cup finals, both against the Sharks, in four years.
And of course that heart breaking Super Rugby semi-final defeat (also against the Sharks) last year, which potentially shows how accustomed they've become to not winning titles - having only won one trophy in 12 years.
So it's back to the drawing board then for coach Allister Coetzee and his coaching staff as they need to refocus and prepare for next year's Super Rugby season.
Making finals and not winning them can no longer be satisfactory, especially for a union like Western Province with such a proud history.
Whatever steps the union takes to rectify the problems, they better do it soon or else the trophy cabinet at Newlands will be empty for a very, very long time.