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WP hopes are on Archrivals

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, In the news, WP on 15 Sep 2008 at 07:15

This week Western Province will depend on their archrivals from Pretoria to leave the door wide open for them in this year’s Currie Cup rugby series.

Stephen Nell writes in Die Burger that on Saturday the Sharks did their bit by beating the Free Sate Cheetahs 22-10 in Durban, and now WP will be pinning their hopes on the Blue Bulls’ emulating the Sharks by winning in Bloemfontein this coming Saturday.

WP (27), who trounced the Falcons 92-15, now trail the Cheetahs (32) by only 5 league points and could overtake them as early as Friday by beating Griquas at Newlands.

Thanks to their enormous win at the weekend, Allister Coetzee’s WP side are 12 points better off than the Cheetahs (+73 against +61). That is why WP simply have to remain on the victory path with their Springboks and hope that the Cheetahs’ season gets derailed when they play the Bulls on their home ground.

Should the Cheetahs not succeed in picking up any points against the Bulls, WP could be in fourth place after the weekend based on points difference.

For that to happen, however, WP will have to beat Griquas by four tries on Friday evening.

Coetzee laughed on Sunday when he was asked whether he would be supporting the Bulls this week.

“You can say that if you like,” he said; “I don’t think coaches should talk too much.”

“We just have to keep our side prepared and focus on Griquas. The challenge has always been to collect 25 points in our last five matches.

“We aim to pick up 5 points against Griquas and see how many points we can accumulate. We also want to ensure that we keep improving as a team.”

Coetzee will decide early this week whether two of his injured players will play against Griquas.

“Adriaan Fondse (lock) took a knock on the head and Schalk Brits (hooker) a blow on the chest. I don’t think these are serious, though, because the doctor would have informed me by now if that was the case,” said Coetzee.


  • We WILL make the semis. 🙄 🙄

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.09.08 07:43:31 by wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) Reply
  • I also think so, but just remember that we help break the Cheetahs’ spirit for you. 😉

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.08 07:45:39 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Police arrest Bok scrumhalf

    Springbok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie was arrested in Durbanville early on Sunday morning for alleged drunken driving.

    Frikkie Erasmus, a lawyer who acted as the Stormers rugby team’s manager of commercial affairs earlier this year, confirmed this upon enquiry.

    Erasmus said Januarie has to appear in the Bellville magistrate’s court on Wednesday.

    “I was at the police station from 02:30 to 08:30 to assist Ricky,” Erasmus said on Sunday.

    “My initial observation was that he definitely did not look like someone that was under the influence of alcohol.”

    Erasmus, who will represent Januarie in the case, added that his client was released on his own recognisance.

    “The police had a blood sample taken for testing.”

    Januarie was apparently pulled off the road by a police officer. There was no accident or roadblock.
    Erasmus added that Januarie will not comment on the incident.

    Januarie played for Western Province on Saturday in their 92-15 drubbing of the Falcons in a Currie Cup match at Newlands.

    Sunday was the second time that January has been in trouble for an alleged alcohol-related incident this year.

    In June he lost his place in the Springbok side before the first Test against Wales when he infringed the Springbok team’s code of conduct.

    On that occasion Januarie was apparently under the influence of alcohol when he reported to the Bok squad’s hotel after he and some friends had been out having a good time.

    He was suspended for one match, but was later responsible for one of the highlights of South Africa’s international season when he scored a try in the Boks’ 30-28 victory over New Zealand.

  • Comment 3, posted at 15.09.08 07:47:10 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Januarie was apparently pulled off the road by a police officer. There was no accident or roadblock.

    Maybe Ricky just has some erratic driving skills or maybe he was jumping up and down trying to see over the steering whell and the car swerved around a little.

  • Comment 4, posted at 15.09.08 07:49:15 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) :

    Or maybe he was drunk. 🙄 ❓

  • Comment 5, posted at 15.09.08 07:57:31 by wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) Reply
  • @wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) (Comment 5) :

    or maybe he was wearing the Percy wig and the cop thought he might get lucky if he pulled this good looking Bokkie over. 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 15.09.08 08:04:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 6) : did u see the headline on Voldy???

    ‘Januarie in jail’ 😯

  • Comment 7, posted at 15.09.08 08:16:29 by wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) Reply
  • @wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) (Comment 7) :

    😆 Let me guess. Ryan posted it? 😆

  • Comment 8, posted at 15.09.08 08:24:11 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 8) : nope.

    Who is Rob’s favourite journo at Voldy???


  • Comment 9, posted at 15.09.08 08:27:36 by wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) Reply
  • 😀 😆
    Good laugh.

  • Comment 10, posted at 15.09.08 08:43:19 by Ernie Reply

  • @wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) (Comment 9) :

    Flip, i was meaning to go and look and i still haven’t. 👿

  • Comment 11, posted at 15.09.08 08:45:08 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :


  • Comment 12, posted at 15.09.08 08:52:44 by wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) Reply
  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 11) :

    Ah Simon. 😆

  • Comment 13, posted at 15.09.08 08:56:06 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) (Comment 12) :

    😳 I see you already told me. 😳

  • Comment 14, posted at 15.09.08 08:56:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Seems CauCau won’t be coming to CT.

    Meyer hoping Fiji star turns up this time
    Mon, 15 Sep 2008 13:38

    Leicester Tigers coach Heyneke Meyer will be hoping that Fijian bad boy Rupeni Caucaunibuca turns up sooner rather than later for his supposed trials with the Guinness Premiership club.

    The Tigers are already in the grips of an early-season injury crisis, and news of a six-week lay-off to wing Alesana Tuilagi following a knee injury has left Meyer with only one specialist wing in his squad, in Tom Varndell.

    rugby365.com recently reported that ‘Caucau’ was due for the trial at Leicester, but whether the Fijian will actually turn up is another matter entirely.

    Caucaunibuca has a history of disappearing for both club and country in the past.

    The player had a patchy relationship at best with former club, French Pro D2 club Agen. Caucau failed to return from a trip to Fiji, while contracted to play for the club, and subsequently neglected his playing commitments.

    It was later reported that the player suffered from a ‘tropical virus’ and that he failed to arrive in France because he was ill in hospital.

    The 2003 World Cup star also failed to report for duty on more than one occasion for the Fiji national side during the 2005 season, which led to the Fiji Rugby Union banning him for one year.

    Caucau has been due to arrive in Leicester for the past two weeks for a trial with coach Meyer’s team, but so far Caucau has failed to appear.

    According to the Leicester Mercury, the Fijian was expected to board a plane from the Pacific Islands to England on Monday on order to give coach Meyer a chance to assess his current levels of fitness and ability, with a view possible contract.

    “As soon as we get any news, I will tell you,” Meyer told the Leicester Mercury on Monday.

    “I don’t know what’s happening at this stage. But, when he pitches up here, I will know.”

    The Tigers are currently struggling for available bodies with wing Seru Rabeni suspended, Ayoola Erinle and Tuilagi recovering from injury. Matt Smith and Johne Murphy could be used as emergency measures on the wing, but both players have indicated that they prefer other positions.

    In that light, Meyer will be all too keen to run the rule over the unpredictable Fijian.

    The Tigers are also currently without Lewis Moody, Martin Castrogiovanni, Louis Deacon, and recent South African recruit Derick Hougaard, who are all suffering from long-term injuries.

    And to make matters worse, Meyer had to watch centre Dan Hipkiss and lock Richard Blaze leave Saturday’s clash against London Irish after picking up injuries.

    Meyer will be hoping that Blaze, Hipkiss, Erinle and Martin Corry all pass fitness tests later this week ahead of Saturday’s match against Worcester Warriors.

    Perhaps Meyer could follow the example of his countryman, Western Province and Stormers senior coach Rassie Erasmus.

    Erasmus faced a similar situation recently when another Fijian star, Sireli Naqelevuki, failed to arrive in South Africa for Currie Cup duty with Western Province.

    The player missed several matches, which prompted Erasmus to board a plane to Fiji, find the player, and personally escort him back to Cape Town.

  • Comment 15, posted at 15.09.08 19:46:59 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • Doin WP any favours would be like shooting our knee-caps… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 16, posted at 15.09.08 20:43:21 by just blackshark Reply

    blackshark - I'm back!
  • @just blackshark (Comment 16) : 👿 👿

  • Comment 17, posted at 16.09.08 07:13:59 by wpw (Liverpool 2 Man Utd 1) Reply

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