Ricky Januarie will be part of a star-studded Western Province team to be announced on Tuesday for their Currie Cup rugby match against Griquas at Newlands on Friday evening.
Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that the Springbok scrumhalf was arrested early on Sunday morning for alleged drunken driving and will appear in the Bellville magistrate’s court on Wednesday. But that will not stop WP coach Allister Coetzee from selecting his strongest team possible. Coetzee is backing Januarie all the way . The case against the player is still untested.
“Ricky plays good rugby and we will support him as far as we can,” said Coetzee. We all make mistakes and learn from them. We would not makes excuses for something like that if it did take place, but at this stage it’s only allegations”
Coetzee does not believe that the pressure of the allegations will in any way affect Januarie’s standard of play. How did Ricky play when he was selected again for the Springboks after the allegations against him in Bloemfontein? Ricky has always been a fighter,” said Coetzee.
Januarie lost his place in the Springbok team for the first Test against Wales earlier this year following an alleged alcohol-related incident. He was responsible for one of the highlights of the international season by scoring the winning try in South Africa’s 30-28 win over New Zealand in Dunedin.
Meanwhile WP are preparing themselves for toppling the Cheetahs from the fourth spot on the log.
Coetzee believes WP should simply focus on their own issues instead of worrying about who has to beat who in the next few weeks.
“It’s a fact that we lost against Griquas in Kimberley. We have to regain people’s respect,” said Coetzee.
“It remains our goal to reach the semifinals. But I want the players to focus only on Griquas this week.”
Schalk Burger (flank) missed practice on Monday for personal reasons, but Coetzee is expected to bring out his big guns again for the Newlands match.
“The team is busy building up momentum and I want to keep it that way,” said Coetzee. We want to make sure that we achieve our goal, which is to score maximum points against Griquas. Their recent wins over Boland and the Falcons show they are a good team.”Tweet