Province named – and Elstadt is out again!

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, WP on 3 Oct 2012 at 09:30
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When they coined the term “annus horribilis” (which, by the way, has nothing to do with any sort of side effect of eating too much curry), they could just as well as been referring to the horror story that has been Province forard Rynhardt Elstadt’s 2012 season.

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has been forced, for the umpteenth time this year, to name a match 22 that doesn’t include the 22-yeard-old lock-cum-loosie, who was one of the real stand-outs for the Stormers during their 2011 Super Rugby campaign, but has been relegated to a bit-part role ever since as a seemingly never-ending succession of injuries have taken their toll. After missing the entire 2011 Currie Cup, as well as the the first third of this year’s Super Rugby tournament, Elstadt finally managed to string a few games together towards the end of that tournament, before the injury bogey struck again. He had just made his Currie Cup return, which lasted all of two weeks, before picking up a rib injury.

In a bizarre incident, that same rib injury has been aggravated thanks to a training-ground knock during his first session back. Coetzee is concerned that he may now be out for the season.

Since he’s been unable to include Elstadt in his side, the starting 15 to face the Bulls this weekend is very similar to the one that lost to the Lions, with the only change coming at scrumhalf. Nic Groom will start ahead of Louis Schreduer this week, while a change in bench composition sees an extra forward, JJ Gagiano, included at the expense of centre Berton Klaasen.

Western Province: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Damian de Allende, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Tyrone Holmes, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Don Armand, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19 Helmut Lehmann, 20 JJ Gagiano, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Pat Howard.


  • the bulls must beat weeping province, lions must lose to GW and the sharks have to win.

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.10.12 09:51:11 by pete69 Reply
  • I feel so sorry for him. He should have been a Bok last year already when he dominated Bakkies. He’s suffered with injuries this year and Etzebeth has taken his spot. Hopefully he comes back stronger next year and pushes Etzebeth at the Stormers and for the Boks too. They’ll be the new Danie Rossouw and Bakkies Botha combo 😆

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.10.12 09:53:18 by ChrisS Reply
  • The bulls need to stay at the bottom of the log

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.10.12 10:21:11 by Dunx Reply

  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : Please!

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.10.12 17:09:57 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Dunx (Comment 3) : We all want them to stay there but the reality is WP couldn`t even get a result at home last week. I don`t see them pulling one over the bloues at Loftus this weekend if you consider they have Basson and Chilliboy back . . .

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.10.12 17:16:44 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre

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