Who is fit to go to Loftus?

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Bulls, Currie Cup, Original Content, WP on 13 Sep 2011 at 14:30
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DHL Western Province travel to Loftus Versfeld this weekend to take on the Blue Bulls but one has to wonder if they will have a team to send.

It was confirmed yesterday that regular starting loosehead prop Wicus Blaauw  has joined the list of players who are out for the entire season. Blaauw and SA 7s player Steven Hunt left the field injured during WPs 49 – 21 victory over the Platinum Leopards at Newlands, a scoreline which suggests that Western Province had an easy victory whereas the truth is that the Leopards had them on the ropes early in the first half and at one point lead 14-3.

WP have been under some sort of injury plague since the Super Rugby season, the plague being especially hard on the flyhalves, a problem that even saw Lions discard Earl Rose flying in to join the squad on the overseas tour, yes you remember that?Earl Rose played for the Stormers this year,  tell me how desperate YOU would be before you called up The Rose into your squad even if it was your sunday touchies game on the beach.

The flyhalf crisis currently sees WP favourite under achieving pivot Isma-eel Dollie in the hot seat, a good 6 years later than he would have liked but as the way things stand he is probably going to have his second start at Loftus.(He wasn’t bad on Saturday, he wasn’t good either but he never threw his name away)

Besides flyhalf the injuries have been in some crucial positions robbing WP from really developing any settled combinations, props, hookers, flanks,flyhalves and centres have fallen this year , who knows what the loose trio will look like on Saturday.

My advice to any club players in the Western Cape, ok wait, my advice to anyone who has turned out for Maties recently is to keep your bags packed and your boots polished as theres a good chance you good get a call to go to Loftus this weekend.

PS. If you are a flyhalf make sure your medical aid is paid up


  • Nice one Claytie..

    I read that Coetzee is considering Duvenhage at flyhalf with Groom at scrummie. Would that work?

  • Comment 1, posted at 13.09.11 14:51:15 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 1) : Yes. Nic Groom is actually considered by many a much better scrummy than Schreuder.Schreuder is not considered a scrummy by Rob and myself.

    While that combo will work I don’t think its fair on Duvenage to play him at 10.

  • Comment 2, posted at 13.09.11 15:07:23 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) :

    Can you see Duvenhage making a claim for the Bok scrumhalf jersey in times to come?

    My concern for Province is that if Dollie couldnt stand out against the Leopards, will he do any better against the Bulls?

  • Comment 3, posted at 13.09.11 15:09:43 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 3) : I don’t really think so, was never too big a fan of his but he has won me over.He is good for WP and Stormers but will have to work on a lot of areas to get Bok colours.

    Good point, and something I did consider but I think that the team as a unit came out windgat on Saturday and saw their arses initially.

    If I have to criticise him on one area then I think he played a bit too deep and should have gone closer to the line a few times.

  • Comment 4, posted at 13.09.11 15:18:34 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • To be honest Earl the Pearl hasn’t been all that bad for the Griquas this year. 😯

  • Comment 5, posted at 13.09.11 15:20:42 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 5) : True.But still.

  • Comment 6, posted at 13.09.11 15:22:41 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) :

    Cool.. Thanx for the insight..

    Always interesting to get some opinion on players from their own supporters without it being completely biased (read Molly on Vermeulen)hehe

  • Comment 7, posted at 13.09.11 15:29:22 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : 😆 I am firmly on her side on the Vermeulen issue

  • Comment 8, posted at 13.09.11 15:33:02 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Richard Ferguson (Comment 7) : Vermeulen to start Spies can polish his boots.

  • Comment 9, posted at 13.09.11 15:36:30 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 8) :

    I’ve been a big fan of his for a while now as well..

  • Comment 10, posted at 13.09.11 15:38:37 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • Damn…….and here I thought there were some tickets up for grabs…..seeing that I’m “fit” for Loftus. But on the lighter side…..

    Vermeulen to start?!?!?! Pffffffffffttttt. He is an overrated mallethead.
    Whoa, I said: “on the lighter side”. Just janking yer ctriped chains mates 😆 😆 😆

  • Comment 11, posted at 13.09.11 20:30:32 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • Striped chains

  • Comment 12, posted at 13.09.11 20:33:25 by JustPlainSHARK Reply

  • The victory will be so much sweeter, knowing how many players you have out injured. 😉

  • Comment 13, posted at 14.09.11 05:20:48 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @JustPlainSHARK (Comment 11) : 😉

  • Comment 14, posted at 14.09.11 08:31:30 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 2) :

    Think you could compare the Schreuder vs Groom situation with Pienaar vs Hougaard.

    Pienaar and Schreuder being the more technical, tactical etc. type scrumhalf. Can implement game-plans with them etc.

    Hougaard & Groom being the more instinctive type who play it as they see it.

    Think they both have something to add to the WP squad. A case of having 2 very good reserve scrumhalves :mrgreen:

  • Comment 15, posted at 14.09.11 08:40:04 by hendrikp Reply


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