WP squad preparing for Currie Cup opener

Written by Clayton Saville (Clayton(PJLD))

Posted in :Currie Cup, Original Content, WP on 5 Aug 2013 at 14:49
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DHL Western Province coach Allister Coetsee today named a 26 man squad for this years Currie Cup campaign opener against the Bulls.The WP team is a nice mix of an experienced pack and young and exciting backs which should provide slightly more entertainment than what the Cape side has produced in recent years. WP Rugby have successfully employed a territory and defence based game in the past few seasons but looking at the players listed I imagine they may look to hold onto the ball a little more often during this campaign.

Apart from Stephen Coetzee( hooker) and Alistair Vermaak(prop) the pack has a fair number of Currie Cup caps between them and with Deon Fourie set to play at flank they will have a nice balanced feel. Fourie has generally played better at flank than at hooker and led the team to their first Currie Cup victory in over a decade from that position.

The backs look like something of a 7’s team with Gio Aplon being the elder statesman in this division.¬† Youngsters Pat Howard and Time Swiel will have an opportunity to strut their stuff and we may get to finally see what all the hype was about. Ryan Nell (Utility back) joins the squad from Maties.

Coetsee will only name his match 22 to face the Bulls on Tuesday afternoon but the WP squad is as follows.

Forwards (13):

Scarra Ntubeni

Stephan Coetzee

Steven Kitshoff

Alistair Vermaak

Pat Cilliers

Brok Harris

Gerbrandt Grobler

De Kock Steenkamp

Ruan Kitshoff

Deon Fourie (captain)

Michael Rhodes

Rynhardt Elstadt

Nizaam Carr

Backs (13):

Louis Schreuder

Nic Groom

Gary van Aswegen

Tim Swiel

Kurt Coleman

Berton Klaasen

Damian de Allende

Pat Howard

Ryan Nell

Gerhard van den Heever

Ederies Arendse

Cheslin Kolbe

Gio Aplon

 Western Province play The Bulls at DHL Rugby Stadium on Saturday the 10 August
Kickoff is 17:05 pm


  • what position do the following play?
    Stephan Coetzee
    Alistair Vermaak
    Ryan Nell

  • Comment 1, posted at 05.08.13 14:56:40 by robdylan Reply
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  • I thought demitri is on loan with them

  • Comment 2, posted at 05.08.13 15:06:01 by Gerrietheshark Reply

  • Edited the post, Coetsee hooker, Vermaak prop (cant find out which side) Nell is listed as a utility back

  • Comment 3, posted at 05.08.13 15:07:51 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 2) : Demitri hurt his shoulder in the 1st promo/relegation game

  • Comment 4, posted at 05.08.13 15:08:28 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
  • @Gerrietheshark (Comment 2) : he is injured as far as i know

  • Comment 5, posted at 05.08.13 15:10:20 by sharks4eve2013 Reply

  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 3) : thanks…. I’m making Nell a centre for the purposes of Fantasy League. I think he’s more of a sevens specialist. That’s a fancy word for “Hobbitt”.

  • Comment 6, posted at 05.08.13 15:15:43 by robdylan Reply
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  • Without their Boks its hardly a squad to inspire fear. Hope Pat Howard takes his chance – he has all the attributes to be a good 13.

  • Comment 7, posted at 05.08.13 15:25:41 by steve Reply

  • @steve (Comment 7) : Careful!

  • Comment 8, posted at 05.08.13 17:33:29 by GreatSharksays Reply

  • @steve (Comment 7) : Agreed, he is a very promising player

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.08.13 23:25:23 by Saffex Reply


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