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Call-ups dent WP chances at the Lions den


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Lions, WP on 29 Jul 2008 at 23:31

As the Western Province team prepare to play the Lions this week, their memory will be jogged by the cruel fate the Stormers suffered just over two months ago at what is now Coca-Cola Park.

Although the Cape side won 22-13 the Lions surprised friend and foe alike by denying the in-form Stormers a fourth try for the all-important bonus point.

News 24 reports that the result was that the Stormers’ chances of reaching the Super 14 play-offs were doomed.

This week WP will be looking to emulate the Stormers by at least winning at Coca-Cola Park but their match winning form which they so splendidly recovered against Boland last week have been dealt a blow by Monday’s Springbok call-ups for flyhalf Peter Grant and prop Brian Mujati.

Both these players were at the forefront of WP’s spirited revival at Newlands last week when they ran in seven tries after dismal back-to-back performances which ended in embarrassing defeats going into that match.

WP have yet to win away this season and this fact too could weigh heavily on their minds on Saturday when they come up against virtually the same side, which did Super 14 duty, with notable exceptions of Springboks Jaque Fourie and Joe van Niekerk. In contrast, only about six WP players did duty for the Stormers that day.

Chavhanga back in training

The WP players who are missing out this week because of Springbok duty include Percy Montgomery, Conrad Jantjes, Grant, Enrico Januarie, Jean de Villiers, Luke Watson, Schalk Burger and Andries Bekker.

Grant’s absence ensures the return of Willem de Waal to the flyhalf berth while Mujati’s place will very likely go to Brok Harris. WP will have to do without another prop after Schalk Ferreira was ruled out of action after suffering concussion against Boland.

Tonderai Chavhanga returned to training on Monday after a lay-off because of concussion but he will have to compete for the leftwing berth with Joe Pietersen, who performed splendidly in his absence.

Wylie Human, Dylan des Fountain and Pietersen are all nursing minor injuries of sorts and AJ Venter was rested on Monday as part of WP’s player management programme.

Hooker Schalk Brits and scrumhalf Bolla Conradie have been dropped from the Bok squad and WP will be pleased to retain their services, more so after their telling contributions against Boland.

Troublesome groin injury

Other news from the WP camp is that hooker Hanyani Shimange has suffered another injury, just as he was about to shake off an earlier injury, and promising scrumhalf Conrad Hoffman is back in training after a troublesome groin injury.

The Lions too have their fair share of problems after poor finishing cost them dearly in their match against the Sharks last week. Lions coach Loffie Eloff made no bones about his feelings afterwards when he said his team should have won that Durban encounter.

In view of WP’s stuttering start to the Currie Cup season the Lions will feel that WP are vulnerable and that should bolster their efforts to get back on the winning track again. Saturday’s match heralds the last of the first-round Currie Cup assignments for both teams.

One Lions player WP will have to keep an eye on is the Cape Town-born Earl Rose, who played a blinder in the Super 14 clash against the Stormers.



30 Comments

  • Tonderai Chavhanga returned to training on Monday after a lay-off because of concussion but he will have to compete for the leftwing berth with Joe Pietersen, who performed splendidly in his absence.

    SHEEZZZ! That is gonna be one of the toughest calls of the season :roll:

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.07.08 23:44:32 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • ‘The WP players who are missing out this week because of Springbok duty include Percy Montgomery, Conrad Jantjes, Grant, Enrico Januarie, Jean de Villiers, Luke Watson, Schalk Burger and Andries Bekker.’

    With the exception of Percy (who never played for the Stormers this year) thses players are the core of the team that did so well in the S14.

    No wonder we are struggling in the CC. :roll:

  • Comment 2, posted at 30.07.08 07:23:26 by wpw Reply
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  • One good game by Joe Pietersen and suddenly Tondie has to compete for his position in the team. :evil:

    If only this could happen at hooker where I think we missed the mark by allowing Liebenberg to leave for Toulon.

    He would have been a better selection against Australia than the lightweight Schalk Brits.

  • Comment 3, posted at 30.07.08 07:26:57 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 3) :

    Maybe they should have offered the ticket to Toulon to Brits, woul;d have been interesting to see if he took it second time around :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 30.07.08 07:45:44 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • KSA Shark :mrgreen:

  • Comment 5, posted at 30.07.08 07:55:24 by wpw Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    I know for certain, now that his place in the pecking has been confirmed by his test, that he will grab the oppertunity with both hands :wink:

  • Comment 6, posted at 30.07.08 07:58:36 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 2) :
    Fair enough call. Same for the Sharks too, to an extent.

    I still reckon that WP can win this – will be a tough game though.

  • Comment 7, posted at 30.07.08 08:18:13 by Big Fish Reply
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    Our chances of a victory will depend on the form of our secret weapon Brok Harris. :shock:

    I kid you not…

  • Comment 8, posted at 30.07.08 08:33:54 by wpw Reply
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  • Eddie is Brok’s mentor… :shock:

  • Comment 9, posted at 30.07.08 08:48:18 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • No Bryce.

    Eddie is Os Du Randt’s mentor. :twisted:

  • Comment 10, posted at 30.07.08 08:57:19 by wpw Reply
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  • Wes, you blaspheme!

  • Comment 11, posted at 30.07.08 09:01:02 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) :

    What’s happened to EA… is he still playing?

  • Comment 12, posted at 30.07.08 09:01:20 by bryce_in_oz Reply

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  • :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 13, posted at 30.07.08 09:02:16 by wpw Reply
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  • Geez like it… drop WYLIE HUMAN for Pietersen, if he’s THAT good.

  • Comment 14, posted at 30.07.08 09:02:38 by molly Reply
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  • Don’t have a clue Bryce.

    The last I heard he was injured.

    Maybe its time he retired. :cry:

  • Comment 15, posted at 30.07.08 09:03:21 by wpw Reply
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  • Joe played very well on Saturday Molly.

  • Comment 16, posted at 30.07.08 09:04:15 by wpw Reply
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  • Eddie injured his lower back and it doesn’t look like he is going to be coming back at all.

  • Comment 17, posted at 30.07.08 09:08:13 by PJLD Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 16) : I didn’t get to watch it, but surely if he’s good then Wylie would be the likely candidate for getting dropped, not Chavanga.

  • Comment 18, posted at 30.07.08 09:16:20 by molly Reply
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  • Wylie seems to be stroking someone the right way at WP, or maybe they giving him some leeway because he is on a pay as you play contract, the dudes gotta eat.

  • Comment 19, posted at 30.07.08 09:27:14 by PJLD Reply
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    Wylie might not make it cos he is injured.

    PJLD’s prayers have been answered. :roll:

  • Comment 20, posted at 30.07.08 09:55:15 by wpw Reply
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  • I hope the LIONS can put a better backline together than last weekend where they had second choice or worse in every position barring 9…and 9 aint playing like he deserves a start in any team anyways….

  • Comment 21, posted at 30.07.08 09:58:39 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 20) :

    What happened? Did he bust a gut? :wink:

  • Comment 22, posted at 30.07.08 09:59:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 21) :

    9 Vermaak (but he needs to jack up)
    10 Andre/Louis/JacovS/Earl
    11 Ludick/Benjamin (even without hands)
    12 Walter/Droppies
    13 Jacque/JacoP
    14 Boshoff/Gordon/anyone off the street/Noble
    15 Rose/Ludick/Killian

    Last Saturday’s team in red….

  • Comment 23, posted at 30.07.08 10:05:30 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 23) :
    Let me repost that and make it bold…

  • Comment 24, posted at 30.07.08 10:06:35 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 21) : @Hmmm (Comment 23) :

    9 Vermaak (but he needs to jack up)
    10 Andre/Louis/JacovS/Earl
    11 Ludick/Benjamin (even without hands)
    12 Walter/Droppies
    13 Jacque/JacoP
    14 Boshoff/Gordon/anyone off the street/Noble
    15 Rose/Ludick/Killian

    Last Saturday’s team in red pinkish….

  • Comment 25, posted at 30.07.08 10:08:08 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 25) :

    Jinne I am obvioulsly struggling with these font colours….LoL

  • Comment 26, posted at 30.07.08 10:10:02 by Hmmm Reply

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  • you seem to be just plain struggling. :lol: for a while now i think :oops:

  • Comment 27, posted at 30.07.08 10:16:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 27) :

    Only with you!??! :lol:

  • Comment 28, posted at 30.07.08 10:24:26 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 28) :

    :mrgreen:

    slimgat.

  • Comment 29, posted at 30.07.08 10:31:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Joe Pietersen is much better than Tonderai Chavhanga: hope Rassie keeps Joe in the starting lineup.
    Luke Watson’s absence will not be felt by WP: he is a less than average player.
    No. 46 can go on training with the SnorBoks…
    Hope Ross Skeate will have another good match together with Adriaan Fondse…

  • Comment 30, posted at 30.07.08 17:01:13 by H.O. Reply

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