Can WP tame the Lions?

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Currie Cup, Lions, Original Content, WP on 26 Sep 2012 at 08:30
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Saturday saw DHL Western Province keep the history books intact as they kept their 111 year record of not losing to Griquas in Newlands going strong.

Western Province sent the men from Kimberly packing with a resounding 45-21 victory, managing to both score 4 tries and come through the game without an injured player . Rugby historian Paul Dobson must have received thousands of calls and sms’s from hacks trying to find out when last or if ever something of this sort has happened.

Western Province play host to the MTN Lions on Saturday and Johan Ackermans charges are in some furious form and sitting pretty at the top of the Currie Cup log, Allister Coetzee will be well pleased with last Saturdays win but must also certainly know that his team will have to deliver a much better performance than the one on Saturday. While they did play well in getting players over the chalk 6 times there were quite a few unforced errors that weren’t mentioned in the media. Too many passes never went to hand, either going behind the intended receiver or arriving at the receiver at ankle height causing a knock on or just slowing down the movement. Against the Lions such errors will be costly.

Another reason for Allister Coetzee and his team to have a small smile is that Elton Jantjies will not be spearheading the Lions attack as he will be adding to his impressive collection of unused Bok jerseys, Jantjies has been in consistent form this season and has a habit of bringing every player in the Lions jersey into the game, hell I’m sure the unused subs somehow keep the statisticians busy somehow. The men from Jozi will no doubt miss Elton while DHL Western Provinces pivot Demetri Catrakilis is in remarkable form with his boot knocking over kicks from anywhere on the field, so accurate was he on Saturday that had a kick been positioned from within the change rooms he would have knocked that over as well.

Saturday afternoons clash is going to be an interesting one between a team ruthless on attack and one trying hard to prove that it can

DWL Western Province vs MTN Lions

DHL Newlands

Saturday 29 September 14h00


  • Of course we can take them!! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 1, posted at 26.09.12 08:41:03 by wpw Reply
  • Taute will also be missed by the Lions, even though he just came back from injury, it must be a big blow to have to change you 10 and 12 after a strong win.

    Then again they didn’t look bad with butch at 10 and Hollenback at 12.

    This will be a tough one for WP. Lets hope your team can take revenge for the Sharkies … and with Brache and JP in the centres, I have to say that WP isn’t just trying to be an attacking team anymore.

    Tell me Claytjie how do you feel about Jean coming back for SR 2013? He seems to be struggling for the Boks, even though this is at 13, but surely at some point WP must give one of the very talented centres coming out of WP a chance to become the next Jean de Villiers? You’ve already lost potentially great centres in Tim Whitehead, Sadie, JJ – it won’t be great if you lost Brache and JP, because they can’t make the team behind Jean and Juan?

    What do you think?

  • Comment 2, posted at 26.09.12 08:41:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • Lions must be favourates 😈

  • Comment 3, posted at 26.09.12 08:44:01 by JarsonX Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 2) : Hi Letgo, I think 2013 will be Jeans last year of super rugby, Brache has come a long way under Jeans guidance and will do well to hold on for one more season. Its also likely he and Jean will rotate quite a bit

  • Comment 4, posted at 26.09.12 08:50:54 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 4) : I’m just hoping for WP’s sake that they give these players a clear indication of what their roles and the teams plans for them are. Otherwise it might turn out badly.

    How do you know Jean’s not going to hold on to RWC 2015? The last few interviews I read of him, he seems keen to keep on playing?

  • Comment 5, posted at 26.09.12 08:55:01 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : i think the guys know where they stand, Allister has a very open demeanor about him and is not one to just spring surprise contract cancellations on anyone.

    Wrt Jean, you cant exactly have the current Bok captain talking about throwing in the towel in the midst of a rebuilding period.

  • Comment 6, posted at 26.09.12 11:55:46 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @JarsonX (Comment 3) : Lions are always favourites 😀

  • Comment 7, posted at 26.09.12 12:48:12 by Greg Reply


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