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WP hope game will be played

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup, In the news, Other SA Teams, WP on 25 Sep 2008 at 00:35

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee admits he has no idea what structures are in place should Saturday’s crucial Currie Cup encounter with the Boland Cavaliers be cancelled by match referee Christie du Preez.

Boland Chief Executive Piet Bergh confirmed this week that they will “pull out all the stops” to ensure the game does go ahead, despite the extraordinary wet weather in the Western Cape and poor drainage of the Wellington venue’s playing surface.

Rugby 365’s Peter Murison reports that last week’s match in Wellington between the Lions and Boland was very nearly cancelled by referee Phillip Bosch, due to the waterlogged pitch and, with the rain continuing to fall throughout the week, there remains the chance that the match will not be able to go ahead – as a result of unsuitable or dangerous playing conditions.

Coetzee says that, in the worst case scenario, he believes the fixture will simply have to be rearranged.

“If the referee finds that the conditions aren’t suited to play a match, it will probably be moved to another venue or postponed,” he said.

When asked if there had been any discussions about a possible changing of venue or contingency plans for the fixture Coetzee replied: “Not that I’m aware of, not at all. We all hope that weather conditions will improve this week.

“It’s going to be up to the ref to make this call and I think it will be a big call.”

The last thing Province need is for the game to be called off altogether and the teams share the points, as they are in a three-way race with the Lions and Free State Cheetahs for the two remaining places in the Currie Cup play-offs.

The third-placed Lions are nine points clear of WP and the Cheetahs. The Johannesburg-based team needs two points from their matches against the Sharks and WP to secure their place in the semifinals.

WP, who head the Cheetahs on points differential (a crucial factor), face Boland and the Lions – while the Cheetahs seem virtually guaranteed of 10 points from their remaining encounters with the Falcons and Boland.

That is why it is vital for Province that their game against the Cavaliers go ahead, as five points are non-negotiable if they want to stay in the Currie Cup race.


  • There aren’t any “off” weekends before the Semi’s. WP better pray for LOTS of sunshine.

  • Comment 1, posted at 25.09.08 00:36:36 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Are we doing the raindance yet 😀

  • Comment 2, posted at 25.09.08 08:17:44 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 2) : :mrgreen:

    Playing Phil Collins’ “I wish it would rain down” on one radio and Hazell Dean’s “They say it’s gonna rain” on the other. 😛 😉

  • Comment 3, posted at 25.09.08 08:20:25 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • Our game apparantly came close to being called off…and that was after 2 days of sunshine, it last rained on the Thursday before the match. Sounds like the pitch just doesn’t drain at all.

  • Comment 4, posted at 25.09.08 08:27:30 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • @walter van transvaal.co.za (Comment 4) :

    I didn’t know about that until, I read it in this article.

    I wonder if SARU and Supersport will agree to moving the Semi’s one week back to accomodate this match IF it is called off? There is currently a week’s break in between the Semi and Final.

  • Comment 5, posted at 25.09.08 08:31:23 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • I believe WP should get a fair chance to make the semi’s. This cannot be a new problem, so somebody needs to wake up and do something about it.

  • Comment 6, posted at 25.09.08 08:37:40 by Silver Fox Reply
    Silver Fox
  • I wouldn’t really trust much that I read in die Son, but once you sift through the sh1t then it seems as if there MAY be a drainage system at the field.

    Court case looms over ‘mud bath’

    25 September 2008 (06:33)

    The Boland Rugby Union has had enough of a mud bath field that upsets local and visiting players.

    According to the Kaapse Son newspaper, a court case is on the cards following a new drainage system that does not seem to work properly.

    The muddy conditions at the Boland Stadium had upset several visiting sides over the last two years.

    A few weeks ago, Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske said the field was unfit for matches at the highest level and suggested SA Rugby declares the field unsuitable. He also suggested that Boland’s home games being moved to Paarl.

    Boland Rugby Union president Jackie Abrahams, confirmed that a court case was on hand. He said approximately 40% of the original quotation of R800 000 has been held back because the new system does not seem to work at all.

    Abrahams also revealed that negotiations are under way with another company to try and fix the problem during November and December.

  • Comment 7, posted at 25.09.08 08:38:12 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 6) :

    Agreed, if they can’t play the match in Wellington, it should be moved to a different venue. If they keep Wellington as the venue, WP might struggle to score 4 tries, just like we did.

    But SARU should not allow a top tier team to neglect their pitch like this. It sounds like the reason for the problem is that the drainage pipes are blocked, and the whole pitch must be dug up again.

  • Comment 8, posted at 25.09.08 08:45:07 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply
    walter van Lions World
  • They can’t move the semi. I am writing my English test on the Saturday between the semis and the final!

  • Comment 9, posted at 25.09.08 08:52:52 by robdylan Reply
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  • I’m building up to another rant about having minnows in the Premier Division of the Currie Cup

  • Comment 10, posted at 25.09.08 08:54:39 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Thought your English sucked 😈 😈 😈

  • Comment 11, posted at 25.09.08 08:55:44 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @robdylan (Comment 10) : I can easily join you in such a rant. 🙂

  • Comment 12, posted at 25.09.08 08:56:50 by Silver Fox Reply

    Silver Fox
  • @Silver Fox (Comment 11) : Don’t get me started on that 🙂

  • Comment 13, posted at 25.09.08 09:00:28 by robdylan Reply
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  • Sun is out todays so lets cross fingers. WeePee should have no excuse because its the same for both teams. Cant expect Boland to give it on a platter.

  • Comment 14, posted at 25.09.08 09:11:43 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 14) : tell Tank Lanning that :

  • Comment 15, posted at 25.09.08 09:45:00 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 9) : Is that an English test or an Englishness test?

  • Comment 16, posted at 25.09.08 09:48:36 by McLovin Reply

  • They should just play at Newlands. It’s close enough. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 17, posted at 25.09.08 09:49:34 by McLovin Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 14) :

    Weather reports earlier in the week predicted rain for everyday except today.

  • Comment 18, posted at 25.09.08 09:50:41 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • From: http://www.sharksworld.co.za/2008/09/24/rain-threatens-players-safety/

    Rain is expected in Wellington every day this week, except on Thursday

  • Comment 19, posted at 25.09.08 09:52:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @robdylan (Comment 15) : Dont know about him but really WeePee can practise all week in this kind of enviroment.

    In Paarl our kids have to play all season in this weather and myself wonder many a day why the Gimmie lot let u7s kids not only play but practise in wet & cold. They are blue of the cold but the the principal just say the interschools will hapens come rain, sunshine , snow or whatever and practise make perfect. The only thing that carry them through is guts, thats what WeePee will have to show.

  • Comment 20, posted at 25.09.08 10:11:39 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Why don’t they cover it like they do in cricket? 😎

  • Comment 21, posted at 25.09.08 13:09:55 by McLovin Reply

  • If the playing conditions are indeed ‘unsuitable or dangerous’, the game would be postponed until a date suitable for both teams are found. If they can’t agree on that then the South African Rugby Union (SARU) sets the date and if, for whatever reason, the game cannot be put on then the match is declared a draw.

  • Comment 22, posted at 25.09.08 13:12:40 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 22) : so there’s no option of changing the venue?

  • Comment 23, posted at 25.09.08 13:16:06 by robdylan Reply
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  • What if this match and the next one against the Cheetahs gets cancelled due to the wet field? Probably won’t happen.

  • Comment 24, posted at 25.09.08 13:16:38 by McLovin Reply

  • @robdylan (Comment 23) : Not that I know of. But that does seem the logical option should field be unplayable.

  • Comment 25, posted at 25.09.08 13:21:04 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 24) : next one is in Bloem 🙂

  • Comment 26, posted at 25.09.08 13:23:33 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 26) : So they’re safe then. 😳

  • Comment 27, posted at 25.09.08 13:38:28 by McLovin Reply

  • Jessie its pissing this side van vooraf. 😥

  • Comment 28, posted at 26.09.08 08:47:41 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Oh well the sun did got through from 11 bells , just did the excercise to see the amount of Paarl & Paul Rosers lot in the two teams to see how many will know the conditions well or should I say will be use to it.

    Boland Kavaliers: 13-Piet van Zyl (captain) (Paarl Boishaai, played against Jean interschools), 11-Danwel Demas (Paarl New Orleans), 10-Elgar Watts (Paarl, KleinNederburg), 9-Marnus Hugo (Paarl Gym),7-Josh Strauss (Paul Roos), 3-Jacobie Adriaanse (Paarl Gim),1-Janro van Niekerk (Paarl Boishaai)16-Peter Wium (Boland Landbou), 17-Jean Botha (Paul Roos),

    Western Province: 12-Jean de Villiers (captain) (Paarl Gim),7-Francois Louw (Paul Roos), 6-Schalk Burger (Paarl Gim), 5-Andries Bekker (Paul Roos),16-Schalk Brits (Paul Roos), 17-Schalk Ferreira (Paul Roos), 18-Pieter Louw (Paarl Boishaai), 20-Dewaldt Duvenhage (Paarl Gim)

    Not much in it. 😎

  • Comment 29, posted at 26.09.08 14:44:27 by PaarlBok Reply

  • If it’s raining today that pitch is going to be worse than when we played on it..in our game it rained on the Thursday and then we had sun on the Friday and Saturday, and because of the drainage problems it was still a mudbath

  • Comment 30, posted at 26.09.08 15:18:10 by walter van transvaal.co.za Reply

    walter van Lions World
  • Come on Walty, dont put your hope on the mud. Our lot know how to slip and slide. First eat the Sharks. We want to put you lot away on Nuweland. 😎

  • Comment 31, posted at 26.09.08 15:23:39 by PaarlBok Reply


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