The men from Cape Town traveled up north to Johannesburg to face the Lions in their Currie Cup opener on Saturday. Western Province put together a decent attackng performance, running out 44-28 victors in an entertaining affair at Ellis Park.
Flyhalf Kade Wolhunter kicked 17 points off the tee, while veteran hooker Scarra Ntubeni scored one of their five tries. However, the visitors did suffer two yellow cards for infringements. Speaking to the media after the match, Dobson was happy to get off to a bright start to the tournament.
"I am very happy and very proud of the win," said Dobson, who took over as head coach of the Currie Cup team from Jerome Paarwater.
"What I really liked is that there were similar traits you see in the Stormers team – the way we defended after half-time and the way we worked for each other.
"I thought our discipline in the second half wasn’t great. With Juba's [Juan de Jongh] one I don't know what else you can do. We had a neck roll and tackles without arms, so we were a bit poor. But the way we controlled the game in those periods.
"Entering the last minutes, you got the game wrapped up and the Lions are coming at you and they score a try and the way we went at the end there was brilliant.
"It was so nice to see the same Stormers’ DNA stamped on this team with the way they fight and keep going.
"Next week we probably got a pretty strong Bulls team, but this is the value of the competition for us. A lot of guys showed they can play URC."