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Rassie believes Luftwaffe to be great threat

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Posted in :Cheetahs, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 2 Jul 2008 at 08:17

Western Province senior professional coach Rassie Erasmus believes that the lineouts will be a vital facet of the game in Saturday’s Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands.

Ashfak Mohamed writes in Cape Times that Erasmus worked closely with the WP team at their training base in Durbanville on Tuesday morning and said that he had paid special attention to the lineouts, which he thinks will be even more difficult to secure with the new ELVs that are being applied.

And he singled out the Cheetahs’ veteran lock Barend Pieterse, who will be retiring at the end of the season, as the biggest threat to Province’s own big men, Adriaan Fondse and captain Ross Skeate.

Erasmus said at the launch of WP’s High Performance Centre in Bellville that the new ELV which states that there is no limit to the number of players a team can place in a lineout, could be a major obstacle in trying to win lineout ball.

“The numbers in the lineouts issue is having an enormous impact on the play. I read somewhere that we had struggled in the lineouts against the Bulls, but let me tell you that we lost only three out of 23 lineouts. That is actually unbelievable if you think that the other team can put as many players as they want in the lineout to compete on our ball,” he said.

“So lineouts will become a huge gamble from now on. And with Barend Pieterse there, it will be even more difficult on Saturday. In fact, for both sides, with Ross and Fondsie there as well. I expect that lineouts will still be nice in the upcoming Tri-Nations, because they are still playing the Super 14 ELVs. But that will be the last of nice lineouts.”

Fondse and Skeate are excellent lineout jumpers for WP, but they will find tough competition in Pieterse. Erasmus said that Pieterse’s anticipation in the lineouts could hamper WP’s ability to secure clean ball for their backs.

“Barend has an engine on him. He runs a 13-plus bleep test. And the big thing about lineouts is that you must get there first. That gives you time to see what the opposition is up to,” he said.

“He is very fast on his feet and has explosive power. He is quick up into the air. He has a great feel for where the opposition will throw. He also uses mind games well and pretends that he will close down there and then he goes somewhere else. He is very clever.”

Although Erasmus does not feel that his role as a former Cheetahs coach will benefit WP greatly, he said that he will re-emphasise some of the Cheetahs’ strengths to his current team.

“It has been a while now that I am gone from the Cheetahs, so Naka has brought in his own structures and plans. I would imagine that there is very little left from what I did there,” he said.

“This is the third time that we are playing them since I left there. We have the same players still, so we have had that chat about how committed the Cheetahs are and how thorough they are and the attention to detail that they have. And how gutsy they are. So the players will know that. We will reinforce that to make sure that the players know what to expect.”

Erasmus is confident that WP can win on Saturday. “We are playing at Newlands and I think it should be a close game. They are unbeaten and are the Currie Cup champs. So it is a big challenge for us. (But) we do stand a good chance of winning. I am not saying that we are the favourites, but I think that we have a good chance.”


  • Province over Cheetahs and Sharks over Bulls would suit me :-)

  • Comment 1, posted at 02.07.08 09:07:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • Reading this what Rassie thoughts are about the ELV lineout I just hope Piet Snor do speak to the provincial coaches about their strategy in this regard. Us being the trial bunnies for Elvs should use all opportunity to reap the benefit in the practicality of this new laws. Dont think the Cartell lot have any idea what to expect from them.

  • Comment 2, posted at 02.07.08 10:35:43 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 2) : I thought the Tri-Nations were being played under the unlimited lineout law?

  • Comment 3, posted at 02.07.08 10:40:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ja its the same as the CC laws? The collapsing maul is the important one he should studied. Look like the hookers throw in and take the pass to 10 the most important one here. Free up the 9 sort of and the quicker it gets to the backs the best one I think. Give them more space. Driving from lineouts a total farce and the way we hope to dominate lineouts vs the Blacks you sort of can use less jumpers and have more in the backs.

  • Comment 4, posted at 02.07.08 10:47:42 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • they are, any number in the lineouts and bringing down the maul

  • Comment 5, posted at 02.07.08 10:47:44 by spykerbaard Reply

    spykerbaardVodacom Cup player
  • Gee there are some many law variation in different matches and tournaments… I think the professional teams are going to have appoint legal advisers! ;)

  • Comment 6, posted at 02.07.08 10:50:19 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • @Dive Pass (Comment 6) : Pretty spoton but the thing that worry me is the ref. You have to play to him and the three in charge on saturday I am pretty sure to throw something to the TV saturday morning, specially Mr DickHeadSon!

  • Comment 7, posted at 02.07.08 11:13:58 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 7) :

    But I thought Mr Dickenson owes South Africa and John Smit for the rest of his life after that terrible call on that try, and always has to blow in our favour now if there is any doubt?

  • Comment 8, posted at 02.07.08 11:17:51 by Dive Pass Reply

    Dive PassCurrie Cup player
  • Will be dificult with the two school master ref types acting as vlagmanne. I am worried. :roll:

  • Comment 9, posted at 02.07.08 11:26:13 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • DP

    Its Paul Honiss that owes us a lifetime of favours for his diabolical performance when we played Ireland on the EOYT. :evil:

  • Comment 10, posted at 02.07.08 11:42:48 by wpw Reply
    wpwAssistant coach
  • Think DickHeadSon made that terrible mistake of the Melamu try in NZ a year or so ago, the ball not 5 meters from the lineout. Have to go and take some xtra insuranse on my TV before saturday morning. :roll:

  • Comment 11, posted at 02.07.08 11:51:06 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • The Vodacom WP team unchanged:

    15. Gio Aplon
    14. Tonderai Chavhanga
    13. Dylan Des Fountain
    12. Gcobani Bobo (C)
    11. Wylie Human
    10. Willem De Waal
    9. Alastair Siegelaar
    8. AJ Venter
    7. Francois Louw
    6. Pieter Myburgh
    5. Ross Skeate
    4. Adriaan Fondse
    3. Brok Harris
    2. Schalk Brits
    1. Wicus Blaauw


    16. Deon Fourie
    17. Schalk Ferreira
    18. Francois Van Der Merwe
    19. Justin Melck
    20. Paul Delport
    21. Isma-eel Dollie
    22. Morgan Newman

  • Comment 12, posted at 02.07.08 12:36:52 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • there are actually 3 changes if you look closely enough ;)

  • Comment 13, posted at 02.07.08 12:54:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 13) : Sorry my mistake only one in the run on team.

  • Comment 14, posted at 02.07.08 14:00:32 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 14) : yesh, but they swapped the wings and changed the captain ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 02.07.08 14:05:27 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : OK Rob, :oops: Take it on the chin. Was you in a Tegniese Skool?

  • Comment 16, posted at 02.07.08 15:56:20 by PaarlBok Reply

    PaarlBokCurrie Cup player
  • @robdylan (Comment 1) :

    Although everything is possible…that is a long shot from what I have seen…

  • Comment 17, posted at 02.07.08 17:04:20 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player
  • @Hmmm (Comment 17) :

    And when Double U P are under pressure Bobo’s wooooooow…..wooooow’s will frustrate instead of motivate the Double U P guys…

  • Comment 18, posted at 02.07.08 17:05:49 by Hmmm Reply

    HmmmSuper Rugby player

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