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Resurgent WP’s big casualty count

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 9 Sep 2008 at 06:54

Western Province may have paid a dear price for their impressive 35-17 win over the defending champion Free State Cheetahs in their Currie Cup Round 10 match at the weekend, as the casualty count mounts.

Stand-in captain Gcobani Bobo could well be out for the rest of the season – while Province also wait for news on other injured stars like props Brian Mujati, Wicus Blaauw and Brock Harris and lock Adriaan Fondse.

Peter Murison writes for Rugby 365 that then they are also still awaiting the result of star flank Schalk Burger’s disciplinary hearing – scheduled for Tuesday.

This enormous casualty count faced coach Alistair Coetzee as his team started preparations for their Round 11 encounter with the Falcons at Newlands on Saturday.

Coetzee confirmed on Monday that the outside centre, Bobo, might have to have surgery on his injured shoulder and will definitely miss the clash with the Falcons.

Coetzee, speaking after his sides practice in Bellville, said that he was very concerned about the recovery of the man who captained the side in the absence of Jean de Villiers, but that he would wait on the report from the specialists before making a call on the Bok.

The initial prognoses on Bob’s injury-enforced absence ranged from a couple of weeks to the rest of the season.

However, the WP coach suggested he would be surprised to see the 29-year-old back this season.

“Bobes [Bobo] is perhaps the biggest concern,” Coetzee said.

“He’s had this shoulder injury, which he obviously picked up before he came to Province, similar to Peter Grant.

“After he’s seen the specialist we will decide on the way forward,” Coetzee added, confirming that there will be a change to his midfield as Bobo will not face the Falcons.

“We got to make sure that Bobes will have a great pre-season and also ready for the [Super 14] season next year.”

While it will no doubt be a big loss to the Cape side, the coach said he was happy with the options he had open to him with regard to a replacement.

“Look we got Morgan Newman, Sireli [Naqelevuki, who could shift in from the wing] and we got Percy Montgomery,” he said, adding that they have “a couple of options” they are looking at.

It is not just in the backline where Coetzee may be forced to tinker with his team.

Veteran Springbok utility forward AJ Venter appears set for a second row role, with both regular locks Adriaan Fondse and Ross Skeate missing out on training on Monday.

While Fondse – who is struggling with a chest infection – is expected to be ready for the weekend’s clash, Skeate is scheduled for his specialist appointment on Tuesday.

While the front row trio of Blaauw, Mujati and Harris also did not take part in the light run-out, only Harris appears likely to miss the upcoming fixture.

“Wicus Blaauw should be fine, it was a precaution in his case. He was just cramping a lot over the weekend,” Coetzee said.

“Brockie [Harris] is still out for the weekend, as he is still in his ‘moonboot’. I think it will come off at the end of this week,” the coach added.

Mujati is believed to still be suffering with a cold, but should be available.

Burger will face a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday, after being red-carded in the match against the Cheetahs for a swinging arm high tackle on Springbok teammate and Cheetahs captain Juan Smith. Earlier in the game the fiery flank was also yellow carded for pulling down an opponent in the line-out, regarded as dangerous play.

“I’m just holding thumps that we can play Schalk this weekend,” Coetzee said, adding: “The first yellow card, in my opinion, was not a yellow card at all. So it was harsh.”

With or without Burger, Coetzee will still face a couple tricky selection issues, but is confident that his team will be ready for another must-win match-up at Newlands.


  • And I see the Cheetahs are concenred that their two wingers Pietersen and Juries may not be ready for Saturday against the Sharks either. 😯

  • Comment 1, posted at 09.09.08 07:00:16 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • 365

    Cheetahs’ hot wings on standby
    Mon, 08 Sep 2008 19:02

    Free State Cheetahs speedsters Fabian Juries and Wilton Pietersen are doubtful for Saturday’s big Currie Cup clash against the Sharks in Durban.

    Left wing Juries is reportedly suffering from a hamstring injury, while right wing Pietersen has picked up a knock to his knee.

    Both players suffered the injuries during their hard-fought 17-35 loss to Western Province in Bloemfontein over the weekend.

    The injuries come as a big blow to the Cheetahs, who have been in great form and gaining momentum before the sudden defeat by WP.

    Fortunately, the Free Staters can still call on the experience of Eddie Fredericks and the blistering pace of fit-again Springbok Jongi Nokwe as cover for the stricken duo.

    More good news for the Bloemfontein team is that flyhalf Chris Rossouw will also be available once again for the match against the Sharks, after he missed out on the Province clash.

    The Cheetahs made most of the play during that encounter, but were outfoxed by the street-smarts and experience of Province’s Springboks, such as Jean de Villiers.

    “We gave away three soft tries. That’s 21 points, and you can’t afford such charity at this level,” coach Naka Drotské told Volksblad after the match.

  • Comment 2, posted at 09.09.08 07:01:34 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I suspect WP’s concerns are well founded as they just might go down to the Valke without these ” stars “…. 🙄

  • Comment 3, posted at 09.09.08 07:08:10 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 3) : :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 4, posted at 09.09.08 07:11:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I hope for our Coastal cousins’ sake that Burger gets no more than one week suspension if any.

    Yes WP will not need him to win this weekend but i suspect each team will be out to put up as big a score as possible in the coming matches to try and ensure they don’t get caught by PDs at the end.

    And while he may not be needed to win he will be handy to help rack up a big score.

  • Comment 5, posted at 09.09.08 07:34:00 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 5) : He should get what the penalty for his indiscretions are, no more, no less. Never mind who suffers because of that. Nothing against ole Schalk, a lot against these rugby thugs. 👿 👿

  • Comment 6, posted at 09.09.08 07:42:41 by Silver Fox Reply
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  • “I’m just holding thumps that we can play Schalk this weekend,” – Just who’s thump?

  • Comment 7, posted at 09.09.08 08:34:03 by Baldrick Reply
  • @Baldrick (Comment 7) : :mrgreen:

    Maybe he’s thinking ahead to the result this weekend 😉

  • Comment 8, posted at 09.09.08 08:39:04 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 2) :

    Pietersen has been confirmed as having torn knee ligaments and will be out until March next year.

    Juries also confirmed as being out

    Nokwe and Chris Rossouw confirmed as being available for Saturdays clash in Dbn.

    All this according to the Cheetahs website.

  • Comment 9, posted at 09.09.08 13:41:59 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • “He’s had this shoulder injury, which he obviously picked up before he came to Province,”
    What is he implying here and why did Province play him with an obvious shoulder injury?

  • Comment 10, posted at 09.09.08 14:17:32 by Salmonoid Reply
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