Richard Ferguson

WP make one change for Final

Written by Richard Ferguson (Richard Ferguson)

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, Sharks, WP on 24 Oct 2012 at 13:11
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Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has made some changes to his team that will take on the Sharks in the Currie Cup final this weekend, with the biggest change coming in midfield.

Marcel Brache, who was vice captain at stages in the Currie Cup campaign, has been dropped to the bench in favour of Damian de Allende who forms a partnership with Juan de Jongh in midfield in the absence of Jean de Villiers.

That is the only change from the team that beat the Lions with a last gasp try in the second semi-final last weekend. Joe Pietersen will again feature from the bench as Gerhard van den Heever, Bryan Habana and Gio Aplon remain the back trio.

Western Province

15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. Juan de Jongh
12. Damian de Allende
11. Bryan Habana
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Don Armand
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Deon Carstens
17. Brok Harris
18. Wilhelm van der Sluys
19. Jebb Sinclair
20. Louis Schreuder
21. Marcel Brache
22. Joe Pietersen


  • WTF is Damian de Allende?

  • Comment 1, posted at 24.10.12 13:17:31 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 1) : I think I saw him play the Blue Bulls earlier in the season. He looked pretty sharp. A slippery customer with a decent turn of speed.

  • Comment 2, posted at 24.10.12 13:25:28 by CapeShark Reply
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  • Plum’s going to have a struggle picking a Sharks side that’s weaker than this in almost any position!! It will obviously be a hard game, but if the Sharks pitch, there’s no reason why they should lose to this side.

  • Comment 3, posted at 24.10.12 13:29:09 by CDRhino Reply

  • Isn’t De Allende a wing?

  • Comment 4, posted at 24.10.12 13:41:23 by ChrisS Reply
  • @CDRhino (Comment 3) : They’ll lose if they think all they need to do is pitch!

    And this WP has enough danger players and experience heads to take any team.

    The Sharks will be favourites until they start thinking that they are, then we can expect an implosion.

    They’ll have to be damn sharp to win only their 7th Currie Cup trophy ever. It’s never easy winning a final.

  • Comment 5, posted at 24.10.12 14:18:49 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : you’re fully booked 😥

  • Comment 6, posted at 24.10.12 14:20:39 by Franshark Reply
  • @ChrisS (Comment 4) : he’s been playing wing for WP.

  • Comment 7, posted at 24.10.12 14:22:59 by Letgo Reply
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  • De Allende looked pretty sharpish when he came on against the Lions. Good decision by AC to play him ahead of Brache.

    I think the youngster can expect a lot of Deysel, Coetzee and Alberts traffic to come his and Catrakilis´s way.

  • Comment 8, posted at 24.10.12 14:23:02 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @Franshark (Comment 6) : Sorry, didn’t know.

  • Comment 9, posted at 24.10.12 14:27:11 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : That is why it is extremely important to have a mental coach in the team. To keep the players in check. They are only favorites once they have the trophy in their hands celebrating.

  • Comment 10, posted at 24.10.12 14:27:59 by Dunx Reply

  • This is going to influence our bench i reckon. they have a full front row cover. 1 on the field and 2 props on the bench,

  • Comment 11, posted at 24.10.12 14:28:59 by Dunx Reply

  • Player for Player, we’ve got this….
    The guys need to accept the favourites tag BUT once accepted they have to play like favourites as well!!!

  • Comment 12, posted at 24.10.12 14:47:56 by SharksRTB Reply

  • Saw this comment on sports24 and thought I’d share it with you guys.
    Sing saam(deuntjie: my oom se motor) – My pa se blou span het sy gat gesien, hy brand sy trui met dieselien, en hy skreeu op my ma en hy skreeu op my, die blou bul span het alweer pak gekry!!! OH stuur ons maar net n nommer 10 want Morne Steyn het ook sy gat gesien, seen my ma en seen my pa en bid vir die kinders met n blou bul pa!!

  • Comment 13, posted at 24.10.12 14:54:38 by juba_fan Reply

  • Many of the players have been in finals before – so they should know favourite and underdog tags count for nothing. Fortunately the core of the team has been playing finals rugby in the S15 since the last league game.

    My only slight worry is our 2 hookers who hopefully won’t allow the occasion to get the better of them.

  • Comment 14, posted at 24.10.12 15:12:58 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 9) : 😉 took a late chance… Thanks 🙂

  • Comment 15, posted at 24.10.12 15:17:50 by Franshark Reply
  • @Letgo (Comment 5) : Sorry for the misunderstanding, when I said they needed to pitch, I meant as in play to their ability, not just get to the ground. WP definitely has some quality players and a number of promising youngsters. What I was saying is that, from 1 to 22, I believe the Sharks have got a better player in almost every position and thus, should they play to potential, they’ll have a hard time losing to this WP team.

  • Comment 16, posted at 24.10.12 15:47:48 by CDRhino Reply

  • @Franshark (Comment 15) : going to the game ?

  • Comment 17, posted at 24.10.12 15:51:51 by rekinek Reply
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  • @CDRhino (Comment 16) : Thanks for clearing that I. I don’t need to see over confidence from any Sharks fan right now, because that’s the one thing that could hurt us this weekend.

  • Comment 18, posted at 24.10.12 15:53:34 by Letgo Reply
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  • @Letgo (Comment 18) : Agree! Go read some blogs on Rugby365.. Very over confident WP fans blogging there…

  • Comment 19, posted at 24.10.12 16:08:40 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @rekinek (Comment 17) : Wanted too

  • Comment 20, posted at 24.10.12 16:40:49 by Franshark Reply
  • @Franshark (Comment 20) : so.. don’t you want anymore 🙄 I think they still have tickets available.
    We are going 😛

  • Comment 21, posted at 24.10.12 17:33:07 by rekinek Reply
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  • @SharksRTB (Comment 19) : let them be – after saturday their fun will be gone. 😆 sorry, didn’t mean to be overconfident 😳 😎

  • Comment 22, posted at 24.10.12 17:34:22 by rekinek Reply
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  • Sharks for the finals:

    15. Louis Ludik
    14. JP Pietersen
    13. Paul Jordaan
    12. Tim Whitehead
    11. Lwazi Mvovo
    10. Pat Lambie
    9. Cobus Reinach
    8. Keegan Daniel (Capt)
    7. Willem Alberts
    6. Marcell Coetzee
    5. Anton Bresler
    4. Steven Sykes
    3. Jannie du Plessis
    2. Craig Burden
    1. Tendai Mtawarira

    16. Kyle Cooper
    17. Wiehahn Herbst
    18. Jandre Marais
    19. Jean Deysel
    20. Charl McLeod
    21. Meyer Bosman
    22. Odwa Ndungane

  • Comment 23, posted at 24.10.12 19:32:11 by Dancing Bear Reply
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