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WP big guns ready?

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Admin on 29 Sep 2008 at 07:36

Western Province will have all their big guns available as they chase down at least four tries and a 19-point victory over the Lions in Saturday’s Currie Cup rugby match at Newlands.

“Peter Grant (flyhalf) injured his ankle, but should be fit,” WP coach Allister Coetzee said on Sunday.

SuperRugby reports that Coetzee appreciates that it won’t be easy to reach the semifinals, because not only do WP have to win by at least 19 points and score a bonus point, they also have to stop the Lions from scoring four tries.

“But it isn’t impossible,” he said of the task facing his team, “considering what the Sharks did to the Lions over the weekend.”

The Sharks defeated the Lions 34-20 at Coca-Cola Park in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.

That is why, while a 19-point win may appear difficult, even on Province’s home ground, it is certainly not out of reach. Especially if one also considers the fact that top players like scrumhalf Ricky Januarie, centre Jean de Villiers, lock Adriaan Fondse and tighthead prop Brian Mujati will all be available again.

Grant’s availability will be crucial, because without him WP will have to fall back on the utility back Joe Pietersen.


Hooker Schalk Brits is also fit to start again, but Deon Fourie did such a great job in the number 2 jersey for the second successive week that Coetzee faces a difficult decision this week regarding the position of hooker.

“I don’t want to select the team too early. Deon has been outstanding in the past two weeks, but I know Schalk’s abilities,” said Coetzee.

To some extent WP shot themselves in the foot by not scoring four tries in their 23-7 victory at the Boland Stadium on Saturday afternoon, but one had to be there to appreciate just what a poor condition the field was in.

It was definitely not suitable for first-class rugby, and between them Boland and the South African Rugby Union will hopefully see to it that such a situation is never again repeated.

While WP will be glad they are launching their final onslaught at home at Newlands, the better surface will also suit the Lions.

Despite their loss, Eugene Eloff’s (coach) team sometimes looked very dangerous on attack and launched some impressive backline attacks.


  • Shooo this is a lot better than i thought it would be, i thought we were gone regardless. Hopefully we can pull it off.

  • Comment 1, posted at 29.09.08 08:30:28 by Sauce Reply
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  • Only realize this morning we need to win by 19 to make it. 🙄

    Well look a bit rosier and hopefull WeePee have learned from previous experienses. They need to built a innings this time and copy the Sharks effort in the Coke Tin.

    Can they do it, off course they can.

  • Comment 2, posted at 29.09.08 09:32:36 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Possible…but IMO this is for the Lions to lose…

  • Comment 3, posted at 29.09.08 09:45:33 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Sauce (Comment 1) : Plus we owe them for spoiling our S14 fun.

  • Comment 4, posted at 29.09.08 10:01:33 by PJLD Reply
  • @PJLD (Comment 4) : Indeed, but worrying. As it appears when we need to do something like score four tries or a certain amount of points – we seem incapable.

    I would still like to know how any match ref can allow a game to take place on a field like that? Casual and club fine but Currie Cup?

  • Comment 5, posted at 29.09.08 10:24:55 by Sauce Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 5) : must be a conspiracy against WP 😈

    Ag…tell Bekker to get another FIVER…then you’ll be sorted.

  • Comment 6, posted at 29.09.08 11:49:31 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Sauce (Comment 5) : Sharks managed to score 4 tries on that field…

  • Comment 7, posted at 29.09.08 11:52:15 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 7) : WeePee could have scored a lot of tries. That muddy excuse is just not good enough and it wasnt that bad.

    Actually thinking that the WeePee should forget about last saturday, happy to still have a crack and concentrate what needs to be done this weekend against the Welpies.

  • Comment 8, posted at 29.09.08 11:59:49 by PaarlBok Reply

  • [email protected]Sauce (Comment 5) :
    Cheetahs, Sharks and Lions played on that field under worse conditions. No sand / sawdust was brought in for those games and no effort to drain the field was made either. Province need a kick up the arse for not getting the bonus point.

  • Comment 9, posted at 29.09.08 12:39:16 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • the result will rely on the senior players to wake up. after jdv stupid remarks last week, he failed to impress. the same can be said about schalk whose favourite position is now cover. he loves diving onto rucks to keep players warm. he is useless at actually getting any ball legally. i will support wp this weekend cos i would rather play a semi against battle worn wp, than party spoiling lions in durban. although it could also be cheetahs in durban if lions win. mmm maybe a wp loss is better. lions stand a better chance against bulls. ok scrap that, go earl rose.

  • Comment 10, posted at 29.09.08 12:40:13 by try time Reply

  • @Salmonoid (Comment 9) : agreed, they were shocking. if boland had the bench wp wouldn’t have won that game.

  • Comment 11, posted at 29.09.08 12:42:04 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 10) : Broer have you watch the game?

  • Comment 12, posted at 29.09.08 12:51:05 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Seems as if Schalk hands out one “flatty” per game these days.

  • Comment 13, posted at 29.09.08 13:00:59 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 8) : I’m afraid the Lions forwards are going to absolutely murder WP

  • Comment 14, posted at 29.09.08 13:05:09 by robdylan Reply
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  • @Salmonoid (Comment 13) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: It are funny!!! But true… 😐

  • Comment 15, posted at 29.09.08 13:06:12 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 14) : We’ll see about that. Myself thought the Sharks would have won even futher if Terreblanche & Michalak could cut on the kicking and spinned it more. WeePee will be different when Mujatsi & Fondse return.

    I was more reacting to TT’s qoute “after jdv stupid remarks last week, he failed to impress.” its obvious he havent watched the game because Jean havent played in the game.

  • Comment 16, posted at 29.09.08 14:02:33 by PaarlBok Reply

  • Please don’t let the fact slip peoples minds that the Sharks were gifted 2 tries in 7 min by a incompetent flyhalf.Im not saying the Lions would have won otherwise but it would have been alot closer that he final score reflected.
    So if problems reckon they can steam roll a bonus point win with a margin of 19 the god luck to them.
    Personally the only reason I want the Lions to win this weekend is so th Boks can rest cause its fairly obvious they need to.The amount of talent in the problems squad is only rivaled by the Sharks and yet they struggle to score 4 tries against lowly Boland.

  • Comment 17, posted at 29.09.08 14:47:41 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 17) : I don’t believe you on why you want the Lions to win. 😆

  • Comment 18, posted at 29.09.08 15:03:58 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @PaarlBok (Comment 16) : If you ask me, a lot of ‘super’ centres are super only when they have Jean there to make them. He stands out even when he is not playing. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 19, posted at 29.09.08 15:05:40 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 18) :

    i am with you on that one.. 😉

  • Comment 20, posted at 29.09.08 15:06:48 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 19) :

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: And that one!!

    Seems I’m in “my timeframe” again! 😈

  • Comment 21, posted at 29.09.08 15:08:08 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 21) : Hehehe, you always are. True that you were one of those fancy dancers?? 😯

  • Comment 22, posted at 29.09.08 15:12:27 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • LIONS!!! But if WP wants it badly enough…then we’ll see them at the Shark Tank…

  • Comment 23, posted at 29.09.08 15:16:23 by just blackshark Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 22) :

    You make it sound a “bad” thing.. 😐

  • Comment 24, posted at 29.09.08 15:17:10 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 24) : No. Is it? 😆

  • Comment 25, posted at 29.09.08 15:19:22 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 25) :

    If you’re dancing for the Lions and shouting for the Sharks it is…YEAH, baby!! 😈 :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  • Comment 26, posted at 29.09.08 15:27:39 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 26) : Were you getting paid for it? Or was it mainly to catch your hubby? OR could it be that you really just like dancing that much. 😯

    Think you had to look great though. :mrgreen:

  • Comment 27, posted at 29.09.08 15:32:21 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 21) : Think the Cultivaria festival, that waterblommetjies, snoek and soetietjies got to his stomach, unfortunately. 😎

  • Comment 28, posted at 29.09.08 15:39:06 by PaarlBok Reply

  • @PaarlBok (Comment 28) :

    Ei, Paarlbok…ek het so bietjie gaan loer op die site…lyk moewies lekker!! Solank jy ook net jou beste gegee het om dit te geniet!

    @Silver Fox (Comment 27) :

    My hubby (although a Sharks supporter (no choice in THAT matter)) is very fond of the Bloemfonteinse Rose…so no catching his eye there… 😆 And I really DO like dancing…THAT much…and yes, I get paid for doing it…and…GEEZ whats with the 101 questions?? 😉

  • Comment 29, posted at 29.09.08 15:57:17 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Sauce (Comment 5) :

    There was a report yesterday, I think it was the finger slip one that made it clear that the Lions, Sharks and Cheetah games where in worse conditions that WP played on.

  • Comment 30, posted at 29.09.08 15:58:55 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 30) :

    So WE and the Cheeters and Lions played in the same conditions…so its fair ground…not so? 😉

  • Comment 31, posted at 29.09.08 16:04:47 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 18) :

    It is I promise.. :mrgreen:

    By the way why did you pick the Lions to win on superbru.. 😕

  • Comment 32, posted at 29.09.08 16:16:35 by CoffeeShopBok;-) Reply

  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 32) :

    Against the SHARKS?????

    I also wanna know that answer… 👿

  • Comment 33, posted at 29.09.08 16:18:49 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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  • @CoffeeShopBok;-) (Comment 32) : @I’ce (Rebel With a Cause) (Comment 33) : I’m a chancer. It was all or nothing. 😀

  • Comment 34, posted at 29.09.08 16:21:01 by Silver Fox Reply

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  • @Silver Fox (Comment 34) :

    Then you take chances with UDDER teams…like I did with the Kwas…not the Sharks…ag nee man! 😈

  • Comment 35, posted at 29.09.08 16:24:26 by I'ce (Rebel With a Cause) Reply
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