WP named – no Percy

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 3 Sep 2008 at 15:07
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Vodacom WP coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday included all his returning Springboks except Percy Montgomery when he announced his team to play the Vodacom Free State Cheetahs at Vodacom Park, Bloemfontein, on Saturday 6 September. Kick-off is at 15h00. Jean de Villiers will lead the team.

This is a very important game for Province, who are fifth on the log, nine points behind the Lions. They need to win all their remaining games with bonus points and hope for favourable results in other matches if they still want to reach the semi-finals.

Coetzee said it wasn’t difficult to select the team for this crucial game. “We had the Springboks available – every province would grab the opportunity to use the guys who are returning. It is a pleasure to have them back.

“They are professional and they want to be back with us – not only are they good players, but they are also leaders. Their attitude is really good. But at the same time we don’t throw our youngsters who served us so amicably thus far away.

“They are so excited to rub shoulders with the Boks. It’s always a challenge to unite a group of players when a situation like this arises, but that is why we took Monday off from training. We tried to organize things so that we could come up with a decent plan for Saturday.

“We had a look at what we did in the Super 14 and what we did at the Springboks and also at Currie Cup level and merge those into a feasible plan. It will be the first time in a long while that Ricky Januarie plays with Peter Grant and that Gcobani Bobo plays with Jean de Villiers, while Sereli Naqelevuki is also back, which means we have a new back three with him, Tonderai Chavhanga and Connie Jantjes.

“It is exciting, but we must hope things work out on the day. They have played together in the Super 14 and the guys are putting in the hard work to make it work.”

De Villiers, who led the Vodacom Stormers with aplomb in the Super 14, takes over the captaincy from Bobo. Coetzee said it was a logical move. “Jean is the senior team captain. He was our leader in the Super 14 and it really is not an issue.

“We have sorted that one out at the start of the year already. Bobes was aware of the fact that Jean was the senior captain and I must praise him for the effort he put in while he was the captain.”

Turning to Montgomery, who played 101 Tests for the Springboks and on Saturday announced his retirement from international rugby, Coetzee said the player was ill and therefore was not considered.

“He was on a drip yesterday still with a stomach ailment and that is why Wylie Human is on the bench. He didn’t train today either and probably would have been okay by tomorrow.

“The other factor that we took into consideration was the fact that Percy is completely new in the Cape. He doesn’t know our moves and our patterns and besides that we felt that he probably wouldn’t have been strong enough to play on Saturday.”

Lock Ross Skeate, who is on his way to France, has not been selected. Veteran AJ Venter covers lock on the bench, while JC Kritzinger is rewarded for his good performance against the Blue Bulls last week with a place on the bench ahead of Schalk Ferreira.

The Vodacom WP team is as follows:

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


16. Deon Fourie
17. JC Kritzinger
18. AJ Venter
19. Nick Koster
20. Bolla Conradie
21. Joe Pietersen
22. Wylie Human


  • Pretty strong looking WeePee team. The question is will they gel. Thats the thing but I am pretty glad to see Schalk back to his old form on saturday. When he and Jean (sorry for my Paarl Gym bias) they are dominant and WeePee will look up to them this weekend.

    Personally I think Jean & Jantjes need a bit of a break, playing all season.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.09.08 16:01:19 by PaarlBok Reply
  • Glad to have you back PB

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.09.08 16:16:43 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PaarlBok (Comment 1) : they can have a rest next week 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.09.08 16:19:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • Cheetahs by more than 7…

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.09.08 16:43:29 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 4) : nooit bru. WP by 50

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.09.08 16:51:36 by robdylan Reply
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  • WP by 20

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.09.08 16:58:58 by blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @blackshark (Comment 6) : you should accept my friend request on FaceBook 😉

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.09.08 17:01:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) : @blackshark (Comment 6) :

    No way…

    The Sharks forwards are going to dominate…
    With Schalk there the WP loose trio will be more effective but doubt they will dominate the very inform Cheetahs loose trio…

    The backs I’ll give it to WP…but the Cheetahs backs defend well…so if they able to hold WP out and dominate possession with their forwards I’d have to go with the Cheetahs…

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.09.08 17:06:00 by Hmmm Reply

  • @Hmmm (Comment 8) : what do the Sharks have to do with it?

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.09.08 17:10:13 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) :

    Ha-Ha…the Cheetahs forwards…

    I am doing 3 things at the same time…hope I am not confusing the other two like this…will hate to re-do that…

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.09.08 17:14:33 by Hmmm Reply

  • At last Sereli is going to score me some FL points…

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.09.08 17:16:42 by Hmmm Reply

  • After Comment #4 I thought there was a possibility that Hmmm might have been smoking something then I saw Comment # 8 and I thought…… WHY was there ever any doubt?


  • Comment 12, posted at 03.09.08 17:27:19 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) :

    Ja Damnit for me as well. I should bloody see if there is a chance i can sue the guy for mental stress. 👿

    FIIIIIIIIIIIIISH?????????? Help here please?

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.09.08 17:28:32 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @Hmmm (Comment 11) : worth the wait? 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.09.08 17:31:25 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m glad Peter Grant is back. I enjoy watching him play.

    WP by 15 PLUS

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.09.08 17:34:17 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 15) : I picked them by 7

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.09.08 17:43:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • Damn but thats a strong team. The starting team of course. I hope we smash the mielie farmers.

  • Comment 17, posted at 03.09.08 20:56:20 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 17) :

    you are not alone.

    Sorry to say this and it may sound harsh, but it’s time they realised they only won the CC in the last few years coz the rest of us had springboks in our teams.

  • Comment 18, posted at 03.09.08 21:03:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 18) : spot on. I wouldnt mind if the sharks win it this year, mainly cos i feel sorry 4 u guys. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 03.09.08 21:15:21 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 19) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    And secondly as your team have NO chance of doing it, you may as well pick a winner. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 03.09.08 21:27:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 2) :
    Got a bit lost for some site reason.

    Pretty interesting to see Jean & kie havent played for a solid 3 years in the beloved blue & white and his first one as capt.

    Myself still in a bit of a doubt, one part of me watns them to make the business end but the other hope not for the Bokke sake.

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.09.08 11:16:54 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Will also be interest to see the influence of the Bokke playing CC rugby. Myself share this one from Snor and they will play up north more battle sharp then in the past plus it wwill help them a lot to play the full ELVs. Maybe a bit of burn out issue but hopefull the Bokke will be used sparingly.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.09.08 11:20:45 by PaarlBok Reply

  • im just keen to see the Boks in the currie cup
    going to be interesting

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.09.08 11:26:41 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply
  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 23) : very…. when last did it actually happen?

  • Comment 24, posted at 04.09.08 11:29:51 by robdylan Reply
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  • @PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) (Comment 23) :
    Now the real rugby begins!

    Vokken sick and tired watch Boland , WP & Bokke losing, only Paarl Gym that produce a bit of joy on saturdays. 😎

  • Comment 25, posted at 04.09.08 11:31:05 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Anyone a idea where VinSaw hides these days?

  • Comment 26, posted at 04.09.08 11:32:54 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 24) : Just like PB i was shocked to see when last some okes played CC.

  • Comment 27, posted at 04.09.08 11:37:38 by PJLD(RIP Bernie Mac) Reply

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