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WP to use unlucky Boks ASAP

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news on 24 Jun 2008 at 06:40

Western Province rugby coach Allister Coetzee won’t hesitate to include any stay-behind Springboks in his Currie Cup team to play the Blue Bulls here on Saturday.

Adnaan Mohamed writes in Die Burger that Coetzee said on Monday any WP players in the South African Tri-Nations squad who were not selected for the tour of Australasia would be chosen for the Newlands match.

The Springbok squad will be announced on Tuesday.

“Let me put is this way,” Coetzee said on Monday. “If you asked Nelson Mandela to become president of South Africa again, no one will hesitate to give him the job.”

Coetzee said after WP’s workout in Durbanville there would be three more sessions and a captain’s practice this week. Anyone who returned to the WP side from the Springbok squad would therefore have enough time to settle in.

Springbok wing Tonderai Chavhanga turned up at the WP practice but did not join in. He ran on his own, saying he was “only here to say hallo. I don’t know yet whether I’m going on tour with the Springboks,” he added.

WP centre Gcobani Bobo and promising tighthead prop Brian Mujati are among the members of the Tri-Nations squad who may stay at home when the Springboks leave on Thursday. Their return could be a major boost for the WP squad.

Unexpected appearance

Talented flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie and inside centre Morgan Newman also trained with the Province squad on Monday after turning out for Chester Williams’s Emerging Springboks that won the Nations Cup in Romania last weekend.

Another WP flyhalf, Naas Olivier, also put in an unexpected appearance. He had been playing for a French club, Auch, but he is still contracted to WP until the end of October.

“I was not aware that Naas was returning,” Coetzee said. “I saw him for the first time at the captain’s practice last week.”

Coetzee had not been involved when WP signed Olivier, but he said, “It’s always good to have enough good players for a position such as flyhalf. Dollie and Willem de Waal could easily be injured. Naas is certainly welcome here.”

Coetzee was happy with De Waal’s performance against the Sharks last week and the former Cheetahs match-winner is likely to remain in the starting line-up for the match against the Bulls.


  • WP has a good chance of getting some of their players back to boost their CC squad. I don’t think we’ll be getting that many back. 😆

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.06.08 09:09:59 by blackshark Reply
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  • @blackshark (Comment 1) : I’m only expecting to get Odwa back.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.06.08 09:17:21 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 2) : Agreed, they are welcome to hold onto Adi until next year’s S14! 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.06.08 09:27:59 by Ragged Reply

  • Unlucky Boks, mmmmm some might think they were very lucky Boks.

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.06.08 09:49:18 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 4) :

    I’d go with you on that one…

    I also think Bolla might stay behind…and Odwa had a good performance and might even get the nod ahead of Chevange…

    So large possibility that they would get 4 back…and will help the Bok squad look better too….

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.06.08 09:57:31 by Hmmm Reply

  • Odwa was not great at all and i think PDV is a big fan of Chavs.

    He hasn’t been playing well since returning from his hamstring injury but who else is there???

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.06.08 10:05:41 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 6) : JP Pietersen 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.06.08 10:07:12 by robdylan Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 6) :

    After the first half of the S14 I was a great Chev’s fan as well…but he was very poor on def against Wales…Odwa was more visible and much better on def…
    Would be great if both go…but there is only so many places available…

    Also don’t think Jantjies is going to start in the 3N….

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.06.08 10:08:58 by Hmmm Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 7) :

    I don’t think that answers wpw’s question….

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.06.08 10:11:22 by Hmmm Reply

  • Look in know Chavs was hondK_k in his tests but was Odwa really much better,or any better at all??

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.06.08 10:18:36 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 10) : I don’t believe he was, actually… well, maybe he ws in a different way. Conditions were more difficult, but the opposition was worse.

    Odwa may well have handled Williams a bit better than Chavs did, but the little Welshman would have done him for pace, in a bad way

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.06.08 10:28:32 by robdylan Reply
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  • Well I for one will be supporting the Boks no matter how many WP or Sharks or Bulls players are in the team.

    Oops, i forgot the lone Lions player. 😳

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.06.08 10:45:04 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 12) :

    Well hopefully JFourie returns soon…that will double our tally…LoL

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.06.08 10:47:08 by Hmmm Reply

  • @PJLD (Comment 10) :

    I just think that Odwa was more solid…
    Chev’s looked like he did not really know what to do at times…
    Hope he comes right though cozz he was awesome in a number of games in the S14….

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.06.08 10:48:17 by Hmmm Reply

  • why must the coaches wait til tuesday? there are sharks players that aren’t going to make the trip that will be needed by the sharks. yet another way the boks pee me off. if the guy isn’t going to get a game let him get game time in the cc.

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.06.08 11:33:08 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 15) :
    I agree with you on this and it is very frustrating.

    I remember what happened 2 yrs ago(or was it 3) when Brent Russell and a few other prominent shars players were taken on tour to NZ/Aus. They ended up not playing in any match and only held onto tackle bags during training, thereby not being avail for the sharks for CC.

    Not only did they not get game time for the entire tour, but when given back to the provincial coaches for game time in CC that year, were well below par specially during the CC match against Lions at Ellispark on the first appearance. As it turned out, the Sharks lost that game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 28.06.08 06:50:04 by MrG Reply


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