Province lose their ginger ninja

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, WP on 20 Sep 2011 at 06:50
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Impressive rookie prop Steven Kitshoff – the flame-haired 20-year-old who has manfully stepped into the Western Province number 1 jersey in the injury-enforced absence of Wicus Blaauw – has himself been ruled out for four weeks, making life somewhat difficult for his coach, Alister Coetzee.

Province have been forced to have a very good look at their reserve stocks so far this season, with an injury toll hovering somewhere between “freakish” and “absolutely bloody unbearable” dogging them pretty much all year long. The curse that saw the Stormers lose one flyhalf after another during the Super Rugby season has continued unabated into the Currie Cup, with virtually every position in the side coming under strain at some point or other.

Not a side to ever face accusations of front-row depth, it’s not only there that Coetzee will need to scratch his head for a replacement. Ish Dolliee, literally the umpteenth flyhalf chosen by the coach this year, hurt his ankle during Saturday’s loss to the Bulls and is in serious doubt for the game, while reserve scrumhalf Nic Groom has definitely been ruled out for up to three weeks as well. The loss of Groom makes it less likely that Coetzee can risk throwing his regular scrumhalf, Dewald Duvenage, in at flyhalf and might be forced to turn to the likes of Lionel Cronje, who is now back from injury but very short of game time.

Expect, then, to see some interesting selection for Province in this weekend’s team to face the Cheetahs at Newlands. One unforced change that has been mooted is the selection of hooker Deon Fourie at the side of the scrum, so we’ll have to wait and see if that one indeed materialises. Province must be under huge pressure going into this game, though, knowing that their home semi-final hopes are now well under threat after the Loftus reversal. They will have noted how the Cheetahs systematically dismantled a Sharks side that, on paper at least, looked far stronger than anything they will be able to cobble together this weekend.

That said, Coetzee and his charges have been consistently punching above their weight this Currie Cup and taking injuries into their stride. Fans of the blue and white hoops can take much heart from this fact as the season nears its business end.


  • Has anyone tested the water yet? :mrgreen: The only way WP is going is down.

  • Comment 1, posted at 20.09.11 07:00:32 by JarsonX Reply
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  • But on the other hand I do feel a bit sorry for them. Best of luck for the rest of the season.

  • Comment 2, posted at 20.09.11 07:02:57 by JarsonX Reply
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  • I don’t like province but dam what did they do to deserve this

  • Comment 3, posted at 20.09.11 07:17:59 by Mutley Reply
  • Good news for Province is that Sam Lane is fit again if they need a flyhalf.

  • Comment 4, posted at 20.09.11 08:49:04 by beet Reply
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  • Was good while it lasted. 😐

  • Comment 5, posted at 20.09.11 09:09:39 by McLovin Reply

  • WP will probably win 1 out of their last 4 games. 😐

  • Comment 6, posted at 20.09.11 09:12:33 by McLovin Reply

  • Also heard that Vermeulen is out until year end.

    It must have something to do with conditioning and that “Sports Science Institute” next to Newlands. 😈

  • Comment 7, posted at 20.09.11 09:13:45 by Salmonoid Reply
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  • Which should be enough for 4th spot, just.

    And that’s where it will end I’m afraid. 😐

  • Comment 8, posted at 20.09.11 09:13:56 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 6) : And it won’t be the one against the mighty Lions 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 20.09.11 09:16:35 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @JarsonX (Comment 9) : Definitely not, they’re in a different league to the rest. 😉 😈

  • Comment 10, posted at 20.09.11 09:18:58 by McLovin Reply

  • @McLovin (Comment 10) : have we given them the trophy yet? Can’t think why not.

  • Comment 11, posted at 20.09.11 09:29:56 by robdylan Reply
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  • Damn!Guess we are going to see Brok at loosehead and Malherbe at TH .Coenie has been given the week off from practice to lhao.

  • Comment 12, posted at 20.09.11 10:19:26 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply

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