Coetzee explains Dollie snub

2011-07-19 19:52

Cape Town - The 22-year-old Ikeys flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis has cracked the nod for a run-on slot in the Western Province Currie Cup team to play the Leopards, at Olen Park, Potchefstroom, on Friday night.

Catrakilis made his Currie debut from the substitutes' bench against Griquas at Newlands last week.

Following the injury to the WP first-choice pivot Gary van Aswegen, coach Allister Coetzee had a choice between Catrakilis and Isma-eel Dollie, who previously played Currie Cup rugby for WP and Boland.

"Since Van Aswegen will be out for much longer than expected we (WP) had two ways of addressing the matter," said Coetzee. "The one approach was to be conservative and the other was to be aggressive in our selection. "I've had a chance to look at the two players at training and I looked for one that had the ability to run the show along the backline.

"I needed a flyhalf who could give the side direction, make good decisions, make the right (playing) calls as well as holding his own on defence."

Catrakilis' goalkicking ability may have also swung the vote in his favour as Coetzee referred to him the "most accurate place-kicker in our system".

Coetzee felt that Dollie will have a chance to prove himself again at Currie Cup level but felt Catrakilis was the one to go with for Friday night's game.

"He's (Dollie) a talented player and it's my duty to provide him with an opportunity to show what he can do at this (Currie Cup) level," said Coetzee. "I also won't consider bringing in a flyhalf from outside to solve the problem because at WP we want to back our own guys."

Scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage makes a return to the side after an injury lay-off and he too was a serious contender for the flyhalf berth following his steady performances in that position for the Stormers near the end of the Super Rugby season.

WP captain Deon Fourie said the forwards had worked hard on correcting the mistakes that littered their performance against Griquas. "We sorted out our line-out problems because at Currie Cup level you know you'll be punished if you don't protect your ball," said Fourie.


Leopards: TBA

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain) and 1 Wicus Blaauw.

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Nicholas Fenton-Wells, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Isma-eel Dollie and 22 Marcel Brache.


  • Kaapie - 2011-07-19 20:15

    Sjoe the most profound statement Ac has made 'because at WP we want to back our own guys." Id lke to know when that opportunity will arise for Dollie to show his worth. Have seen Catrikillis in action and has a good boot, but Dollie was never given an opportunity to show his worth. Kobus vd Merwe and the oke before him as well as Rassie did not give this oke a chance.

      Aitsa - 2011-07-19 21:23

      Two years ago, Dollie played fylhalf for a Stormers warm-up team against the Maties and the latter scored four or five tries by attacking his channel. If you can't cut it in Japan... JapAN!!! ffs, it's time your fans resign themselves to watching you play False Bay. Not all under 18 stars are good senior players and Dollie is the perfect illustration.

      Boydus - 2011-07-19 21:43

      Couldn't have said it better. Dollie is probably the most unfortunate flyhalf of is generation, having been overlooked so many times. I would rather have taken him a backup flyhalf on the Stormers overseas tour over Earl Rose. But I like the talk of backing the local lads. WP Rugby has the largest pool of young talent in the country to choose from and its about time more of the Sadies, De Jonghs, Xolisis get brought up...hopefully some good qality props will come through as well, cos heaven knows we need them!

      Kaapie - 2011-07-20 08:55

      @ Aitsa last year he played against WP in Paarl and guess what.. they beat WP. Dollie being the orchestrator of WP loss.. My point is give the guy the game time. Just as i dont think Duvenage is a great scrummie he has been given he time to settle in that position. Just as Elstadt has been given time to play @ lock. Nothing wrong with that.. Remember not everybody can adapt to certain conditions. Japan is completely different to SA. Not everyone with adapt to life there and it may not have had anything to do with rugby.

      jk - 2011-07-20 09:12

      dollie just doesnt have it- not even brumbies would keep him, hes 6th in line

  • RobinHood - 2011-07-19 21:28

    Ag please - go weep somewhere else where they care. Dollie had all the chances he deserved - and NEVER made the grade - he is too small and only played due to quota systems. Now give Catrikilis the chance HE deserves - he will do the job

  • coolio_101 - 2011-07-19 21:47

    Dollie is very much overrated and a HAS BEEN stuggling for regular starting place!!!! He shouldnt even be on the bench!!!

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 00:58

      If that is his credentials, he will then perfectly fit into the team, that sums up the way the WeePee is playing their rugby for years now.

      BokBru - 2011-07-20 08:22

      Maybe the Bulls can use him seeing that most their team are injured. Need some help with my SuperBru prediction for the Bulls - Cheetahs game. @Brannas can you see the Bulls winning this weekend? Somehow I just can't.

      Kaapie - 2011-07-20 08:56

      In which team has he been struggling for a starting place?

      RobinHood - 2011-07-20 12:31

      You name them - Boland, Japan, Border......

      Kaapie - 2011-07-20 14:25

      As far i know he never played for Border and was never contracted to Boland . he was on loan there from WP

      coolio_101 - 2011-07-20 16:02

      Couldnt even make the Brumbies bench!!

  • StBad - 2011-07-20 03:28

    Isn't Kitshoff that young 19 year old red head prop?... what's he doing on the flank?

      Brannas - 2011-07-20 05:05

      Desperate Measures, grasping at every straw they find.

      sean - 2011-07-20 06:47

      Thats Steven Kitshoff you are thinking about.

      Ian Hattingh - 2011-07-20 07:00

      No he isn't the red head prop.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-07-20 07:06

      Steven Kitschoff - PROP & Ruan Kitschoff - FLANKER !!

  • Aldrich - 2011-07-20 06:58

    Dollie - should go play at a smaller province......I like him but if I look at the other provinces he might only crack it at Border - He has no chance of making at WP anymore...

      RobinHood - 2011-07-20 08:16

      Yes that woman coach will pick him!

  • The_Fox - 2011-07-20 07:48

    Dollie had his chances and unfortunately he failed to make the grade as he is simply not good enough. Should he get another chance some time this season I am sure he will again confirm why he couldn't even get a contract in Japan. He is not contracted by WP at this stage and will be replaced as soon as Kurt is back in the mix (in the very near future)

      RobinHood - 2011-07-20 08:17

      @Fox - my sentiments to a tee

  • jk - 2011-07-20 08:15

    its a no brainer, there is no one else to choose. dollie wasnt offerd a contract 2 years ago, and the brumbies also didnt want him.. say no more

  • BokBru - 2011-07-20 08:24

    The way the WP FH's are getting injured i'm sure he will get his chance soon enough. I'm just worried about what will happen after him.

      jk - 2011-07-20 08:35

      told you oaks yesterday- maties got a 10-andre kemp-go and get him-much better than dollie!!

      The_Fox - 2011-07-20 08:47

      JK, I heard about this Kemp bloke. Is he as good as people say?

      BokBru - 2011-07-20 08:47

      jk thanks for that. If he's from maties he must be good. Be looking out for him in the CC soon.

      jk - 2011-07-20 08:55

      fox & bokbru- i saw him twice against hailtons and villagers, he knows what hes doing. on the other hand he always play in a team (maties) that always goes forward. but you can see he's got ball in him. better than dollie, and a better defender than the greek

      BokBru - 2011-07-20 09:09

      Great. Someone for the future then.

      jk - 2011-07-20 09:13

      he is- got a feeling hes gonna end up at griekwas..

      RobinHood - 2011-07-20 11:31

      Kemp played in the Varsity cup (when they decided that Jodie Rose was really as bad as everybody knew he was) kemp is not bad, but I believe he is trying to complete his studies this year....

  • Yusuf - 2011-07-20 11:41

    Its still the same story you have to be 10 times better if your'e a coloured to get into a wp team. The whites still get first pick. Before commenting consider the fact that Cape Town and the Western cape has the highest proportion of coloureds in the Western cape the biggest coloured township in the Western cape yet since 1994 no coloureds from these areas have even come within smelling distance of W.P. RUGBY. Thats why we support the All Blacks and Crusaders

      BokBru - 2011-07-20 11:52

      Well put Yusuf. You feel better now? You will surely feel more welcome here: Always the inferiority complex. If you don't get picked it's because it's a race thing. How many coloureds in the Ajax team? How many whites? Could it be the same where it comes to soccer. That is why I support Tottenham and Brazil.

      RobinHood - 2011-07-20 12:13

      Tell your sad tale to Jimmy Manyi

  • Porra - 2011-07-20 13:34

    What happend to Elgar Watts who played at the Pumas last year. He went back to WP, does anybody knows where he is? Had a very good season with the Pumas.

      Kaapie - 2011-07-20 14:27

      Still with Pumas.. Frankly I dont know why he could crack the nod down here.

  • Louis - 2011-07-20 13:39

    luister jk jy praat hopeloos teveel na my sin maar jaa jy is reg daai dollie is n mors van spoed is maar min,sy defence is swak en maak baie dom besluite...sal hom nooit afskryf as n speler nie moeni n fout maak nie maar nie goed genoeg op provinsiale vlak nie...

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