Western Province will have all their big guns available as they chase down at least four tries and a 19-point victory over the Lions in Saturday’s Currie Cup rugby match at Newlands.
“Peter Grant (flyhalf) injured his ankle, but should be fit,” WP coach Allister Coetzee said on Sunday.
SuperRugby reports that Coetzee appreciates that it won’t be easy to reach the semifinals, because not only do WP have to win by at least 19 points and score a bonus point, they also have to stop the Lions from scoring four tries.
“But it isn’t impossible,” he said of the task facing his team, “considering what the Sharks did to the Lions over the weekend.”
The Sharks defeated the Lions 34-20 at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.
That is why, while a 19-point win may appear difficult, even on Province’s home ground, it is certainly not out of reach. Especially if one also considers the fact that top players like scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, centre Jean de Villiers, lock Adriaan Fondse and tighthead prop Brian Mujati will all be available again.
Grant’s availability will be crucial, because without him WP will have to fall back on the utility back Joe Pietersen.
Hooker Schalk Brits is also fit to start again, but Deon Fourie did such a great job in the number 2 jersey for the second successive week that Coetzee faces a difficult decision this week regarding the position of hooker.
“I don’t want to select the team too early. Deon has been outstanding in the past two weeks, but I know Schalk’s abilities,” said Coetzee.
To some extent WP shot themselves in the foot by not scoring four tries in their 23-7 victory at the Boland Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but one had to be there to appreciate just what a poor condition the field was in.
It was definitely not suitable for first-class rugby, and between them Boland and the South African Rugby Union will hopefully see to it that such a situation is never again repeated.
While WP will be glad they are launching their final onslaught at home at Newlands, the better surface will also suit the Lions.
Despite their loss, Eugene Eloff’s (coach) team sometimes looked very dangerous on attack and launched some impressive backline attacks.Tweet