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WP, Coetzee cling onto semi hopes


Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 3 Sep 2008 at 07:29

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is adamant that his team, buoyed by the return of their Springboks from international duty, will not be giving up yet in their quest for a Currie Cup semifinal berth.

Rugby 365 reports that coach Coetzee gave Province fans that assurance this week before the team’s trip to Bloemfontein for Saturday’s match against the Cheetahs.

Province realise they are in a precarious position, fifth on the log with 17 points after nine matches and nine points behind the fourth-placed Lions.

But the coach’s motto is that it was not over until the fat lady sings.

“We definitely still have a chance of making the semifinals. We are not giving up. We know that if we end up in the 40s [40 points] on the log, then anything can still happen.”

Any team would gleefully welcome back stars such as Conrad Jantjes, Percy Montgomery, Jean de Villiers, Luke Watson, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker and Brian Mujati. Peter Grant, who has recovered from a shoulder injury, and wing Sereli Naqalevuki, back from Fiji, would provide a further boost to Coetzee’s side.

With the wealth of talent at his disposal the coach has a few tough calls to make about who to include in the starting XV and who to play off the bench, particularly at fullback, where Jantjes, Gio Aplon and Montgomery are vying for the same jersey.

“Connie [Jantjes] is playing excellent rugby at the moment. You select the in-form guys,” commented the coach.

“It is also nice to have a Springbok who has played more than 100 Tests in your squad,” he told the WP official website.

The coach will be making an announcement about his captain at Wednesday’s media conference. De Villiers led the Stormers in the Super 14 with a lot of success, while Gcobani Bobo is the Province leader.

“I will have a conversation with both players. Jean is the senior captain and there won’t be any problems. It is important that everybody is informed.”



69 Comments

  • You have got to be kidding me.

    :shock:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.09.08 07:53:07 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 1) :

    :smile: send him a link to this thread so that he can see what permutations there are :wink:

    http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/09/01/wp-get-cc-green-light-for-all-their-boks/

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.09.08 07:58:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    I doubt very much that would help. :roll:

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.09.08 08:07:25 by wpw Reply
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  • Capetonians have nothing to lose from this match so they can be very dangerous whatever the squad.
    But for the semis, fat lady has already sung.
    Anyway Mr Coetzee, dream on…

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.09.08 08:24:21 by Die Jood Reply

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  • Likely WP team against the Cheaters:

    Conrad Jantjes, Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki, Peter Grant, Bolla Conradie, Luke Watson, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Wicus Blaauw. Bench: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Skeate, Nick Koster, Ricky Januarie, Joe Pietersen, Percy Montgomery.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.09.08 08:34:23 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 5) :

    From?

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.09.08 08:40:26 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 5) : where did they find the Fijian?

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.08 09:30:53 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : Rassie went to go pull him by his ear from Fiji.

    Thats a rather kief team wes, bit blind to drop JC right out the 22 :shock:

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.09.08 09:38:51 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 8) : ja – he’s already shitloads better than Ferreira.

    I would’ve picked Mujats at 1 and dropped Blaauw

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.09.08 09:48:48 by robdylan Reply
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  • Ive just noticed that if you combine WP’s and Bolands log points they still have less than the Bulls, Sharks and Cheetahs individually. Thats not good. :shock:

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.09.08 10:48:06 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Yaso the all blacks are naaling samoa

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.09.08 10:50:25 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
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  • The fat lady did not only sing, she retired, got a throat infection and died.

    Someone send Coetzee the tape so he can listen.

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.09.08 10:54:18 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 12) : I think she emigrated, or moved to Pretoria

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.09.08 11:27:15 by Sauce Reply
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  • Think the Western Problems are going to take this one… BUT it’s all a case of too little too late…

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.09.08 11:33:15 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 14) : anything that takes log points from the Bulls, Cheetahs or Lions suits me ;)

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.09.08 11:38:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) :

    I don’t give a damn where we play our semi – just so long as we WIN it THIS TIME… (and then the next game).

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.09.08 11:40:57 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 16) :

    Sheez thats asking a lot don’t you think?

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.09.08 11:41:53 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) :

    :mrgreen:

    I can only live in hope…

    BUT the propspect of going throughout my 20′s WITHOUT that Sharks winning a single competition somewhat agrieves me… :evil:

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.09.08 11:55:27 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 18) :

    I feel you mate.

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.09.08 11:56:55 by MorneN Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 16) : :shock:

    When did you get released?

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.09.08 12:00:00 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 17) :

    Ja that’s easy for you to say. All you have to do is ask for your team to be no lower than 5th this season. :razz:

  • Comment 21, posted at 03.09.08 12:01:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 18) : hey – it didn’t scar me THAT much…

  • Comment 22, posted at 03.09.08 12:02:59 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 20) :

    Was he released early from his Sharks supporters rehabilitation program?

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 21) :

    Hey 5 is our number, at least they wont do any worse than their S14 spot…

  • Comment 23, posted at 03.09.08 12:07:15 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 23) :

    At least Problems are “consistent”….

    Mind you if we bomb out (again) in the semi’s, the same could eb said of the Sharks. :evil:

  • Comment 24, posted at 03.09.08 12:28:30 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 24) : surely you must be feeling a little more positive given our recent form, though?

  • Comment 25, posted at 03.09.08 12:29:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) :

    Form means nothing until you win the bloody cup :shock:

  • Comment 26, posted at 03.09.08 12:34:20 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • Maybe I should change my name to “Cynical Shark”…

    But then again, I might be sent back into exile again by Oom Rudi & his haaimag…

  • Comment 27, posted at 03.09.08 12:35:38 by Le Requinny Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 26) : true…

  • Comment 28, posted at 03.09.08 12:36:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 26) :

    Not nice but true :oops:

  • Comment 29, posted at 03.09.08 12:36:51 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 25) : Yeah… don’t let the WP fans spread their depression to us… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 30, posted at 03.09.08 12:37:05 by blackshark Reply

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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 27) : Staaldrad has no powers here…

  • Comment 31, posted at 03.09.08 12:38:37 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Le Requinny (Comment 27) : @robdylan (Comment 28) : @KSA Shark © (Comment 29) :

    My work here is done :twisted:

  • Comment 32, posted at 03.09.08 12:40:39 by MorneN Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 11) : 100 points for the AB’s ( 101 – 14 )

  • Comment 33, posted at 03.09.08 12:49:19 by yossarian Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 32) : you are truly evil!

  • Comment 34, posted at 03.09.08 12:52:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 34) : We shall overcome…

  • Comment 35, posted at 03.09.08 12:54:17 by blackshark Reply

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  • @blackshark (Comment 35) : can I get a “hell yeah”? ;)

  • Comment 36, posted at 03.09.08 12:56:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 36) : :mrgreen:

  • Comment 37, posted at 03.09.08 12:59:14 by blackshark Reply

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  • @MorneN (Comment 32) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 38, posted at 03.09.08 13:06:07 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 38) : @blackshark (Comment 37) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 39, posted at 03.09.08 13:09:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 32) :

    Now get your team to do some work for a change. :evil:

    And make sure they start this weekend please? :razz:

    I think we should call these guys Western Possums in future.

  • Comment 40, posted at 03.09.08 13:13:45 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 40) :

    I will apply for the coaching job next year.

  • Comment 41, posted at 03.09.08 13:14:44 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 41) : you want a reference? ;)

  • Comment 42, posted at 03.09.08 13:16:38 by robdylan Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 41) :

    Rather run for WP president so you can push through that name change :razz:

  • Comment 43, posted at 03.09.08 13:19:04 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • He can’t exactly say, ‘We have no hope, might as well give everyone a rest’. His job is probably on the line.

  • Comment 44, posted at 03.09.08 13:25:31 by McLovin Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 42) :

    haha

    @KSA Shark © (Comment 43) :

    hmmm, good idea, can be player/coach/DOR/president.

  • Comment 45, posted at 03.09.08 13:35:53 by MorneN Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 44) :

    Maybe it should be Rassie’s Job that is on the line……..

  • Comment 46, posted at 03.09.08 13:36:37 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 46) :

    Hey you are just jealous about Rassie now that you are Dick-less… :twisted:

  • Comment 47, posted at 03.09.08 13:51:59 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 47) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    I see this match of your on the weekend will be played without flyhalves. :wink:

  • Comment 48, posted at 03.09.08 13:55:54 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Haha, Also saw that – man its going to be a comedy of errors.

  • Comment 49, posted at 03.09.08 13:58:52 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 49) :

    I’ll still be picking you on SB though :wink:

  • Comment 50, posted at 03.09.08 14:02:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Hey it is actually a strong WP team on paper…

    But we all know what that meant for the Boks in the 3N…

    WP should in all honesty take it though.

  • Comment 51, posted at 03.09.08 14:07:59 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 51) :

    i think so.

    And IF Grant is back you will walk it.

  • Comment 52, posted at 03.09.08 14:09:28 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Grant is back…

    So is just about every Bok;

    15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Tonderai Chavhanga, 13 Gcobani Bobo, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Sireli Naqelevuki, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Luke Watson, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brian Mujati, 2 Schalk Brits, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
    Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 AJ Venter, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Bolla Conradie, 21 Joe Pietersen, 22 Wylie Human.

  • Comment 53, posted at 03.09.08 14:18:08 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 53) : is that official?

  • Comment 54, posted at 03.09.08 14:34:31 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 54) :

    yup

  • Comment 55, posted at 03.09.08 15:06:25 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 55) : thanks. You obviously got it before the WP website did ;)

  • Comment 56, posted at 03.09.08 15:10:44 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 56) :

    Hehe, didnt I tell you I actually select the teams?

  • Comment 57, posted at 03.09.08 15:20:40 by MorneN Reply
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  • @MorneN (Comment 57) : oh – then why didn’t you select Kritzinger to start? ;)

  • Comment 58, posted at 03.09.08 15:30:07 by robdylan Reply
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  • The only way they will be able to pull this off is if the LIONS lose both their matches against WP and Sharks without a bonus point and WP will then have to win ALL their matches with a bonus point (on which 3 of the 5 are against the Cheetahs, Sharks and LIONS)….

  • Comment 59, posted at 03.09.08 16:47:13 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 59) :

    WP also have a PD of 62 less than the LIONS…so unless they catch up with 13 points on teh LIONS a game even 1 bonus point to the LIONS two hopeful loses or 1 game where WP don’t score a bonus point WP are out…

  • Comment 60, posted at 03.09.08 16:49:46 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 59) : nope – WP have already played the Sharks. Only two BIG games tey have left are Cheetahs and Lions.

    Oh, then again, for WP, Griquas and the Valke are also big games ;)

  • Comment 61, posted at 03.09.08 16:53:20 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) :

    Oh yes they have…these weird rounds the last few weeks confusing me a tad…but still 5 points out of both those games is a big ask…

    And then they have to reply on the LIONS not scoring even 1 bonus point in their two “big” games…

  • Comment 62, posted at 03.09.08 17:08:30 by Hmmm Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 61) :

    LoL

    I guess WP can count them lucky then that both those games are at home…

  • Comment 63, posted at 03.09.08 17:09:13 by Hmmm Reply

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  • Even if WP get 25 points from their next 5 games, we only need 15 from our next 3 (Valke, Griquas and Boland) and then 2 points from the last 2 (Sharks and WP) to end 4th. I think that’s what will happen, we might even end 3rd if the Cheetahs slip up a bit.

  • Comment 64, posted at 04.09.08 09:29:06 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 64) : That is perfectly okay, we Sharks do not tire ourselves with the lower positions!!

  • Comment 65, posted at 04.09.08 09:33:52 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 65) :

    Fine with us as well, we know we can beat you in Durbs in semis…even if no one gives us a chance…

  • Comment 66, posted at 04.09.08 09:41:59 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 66) : That’s what I like about you Walter, you are such a dreamer!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 67, posted at 04.09.08 09:43:20 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 67) :

    Dreams sometimes come true, like last year when we beat you in Durbs in the semi!

  • Comment 68, posted at 04.09.08 09:46:19 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

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  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 68) : that was more like a nightmare!

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