Skeate retained as WP skipper

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Currie Cup, WP on 24 Jun 2008 at 13:10

Cape Town – Western Province coach Allister Coetzee on Monday confirmed that Ross Skeate will again be the captain when they tackle the Blue Bulls at Newlands in their second Currie Cup match of the season.

According to the WP website, Coetzee last week said Skeate was only appointed for the game against the Sharks last Friday in Durban. He explained that some of the senior Province players could be released from national duty before the Springboks depart for Australia and New Zealand on Thursday.

On Monday, however, Coetzee said Skeate would again hold the reins on Saturday. He said Skeate did a good job against the Sharks.

“He is an experienced player and led the guys well. But I think other leaders such as Adriaan Fondse, AJ Venter and Willem de Waal added value to Ross.”

Flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie and centre Morgan Newman were back on the training field in Durbanville on Monday after returning from Romania, where they represented the triumphant SA Emerging team in the Nations Cup tournament.

Another “stranger” on the field was flyhalf Naas Olivier, who had been on loan to French club Auch for the past four months. Olivier is under contract with WP until November.

Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga also trained with his provincial teammates. Coetzee could expect another Springbok or two to join his squad after the national squad for the Tri-Nations is announced on Tuesday.


  • WP are gonna name a strong side…

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.08 13:39:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • Where is the Fijian???

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.08 14:59:08 by wpw Reply
  • In Fiji

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.08 15:14:30 by PJLD Reply
  • Pacific nations cup?

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.08 15:17:44 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • The Pacific Nations cup only ends 6th of July or so. He should be back then.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.08 15:21:37 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • Well, at least we have the physical specimen in Gio Aplon to cover for him… 💡

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.08 15:27:11 by wpw Reply
  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 5) :

    Then he better score for my FL team. 😛

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.08 15:30:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    physical speciman of?


  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.08 15:31:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • AJ was quiete involved in the talking side of things.
    Why did I get the impression that Skeate was not really enjoing being captain.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.08 15:33:53 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Gio Goliat Aplon. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.08 15:34:51 by ra-cheltjie de' be-er Reply

  • BTW What type of reception did AJ get from the crowd?

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.08 15:35:19 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) :

    Because AJ was talking more than him? 😆

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.08 15:46:52 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @ra-cheltjie de’ be-er (Comment 10) : 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.08 16:04:02 by PJLD Reply
  • @Salmonoid (Comment 11) :

    There was an attempted boo here and there….but my wife stopped me because she is a WP supporter and we were in the company she works for’s box and the people were looking at me funny…. 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.08 16:07:37 by Dive Pass Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 12) :
    You can’t keep a good man down. 😀 I see he (AJ) was also the Supersport stadium studio guest.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.08 16:09:04 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Dive Pass (Comment 14) :
    DP, were you the couple they showed from time to time. He clearly a Shark and she WP – even more clearly she baiting him and him being seriously peed off. Very funny stuff. Pity they didnt show them as the final kick sailed over the crossbar.
    Nah they were in the stands, not in a box like you.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.06.08 16:15:05 by Salmonoid Reply
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