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Allister has faith in Lobberts

2011-07-14 17:52

Cape Town - Hilton Lobberts, who made his Springbok debut at the age of 20 in 2006, has landed a starting berth Western Province's Currie Cup team to play Griquas at Newlands on Saturday.

The bruising player is better known as a loose forward and his career has been dogged by injury, but Western Province coach Allister Coetzee said after he named his team on Thursday that Lobberts would lock the Province scrum alongside De Kock Steenkamp.

"He's an abrasive player, a great defender and an excellent ball carrier," said Coetzee.

"He's had a good campaign in the Vodacom Cup competition and he's really fit now. He's overcome all his injuries.

"He's experienced and knows what his role is all about."

Coetzee named a vastly inexperienced three-quarter lineup which have never before played together as a combination.

However, he said the players had a golden opportunity to prove themselves on Saturday, more so because the Griquas line-up included a number of former Cape Town-based talents.

"Some of them (outside backs) had very limited experience in Super Rugby but this will be their opportunity to better themselves," said Coetzee.

"Many of them will bring a new energy to the side which has loads of quality.

"There are a few Griquas players who were connected to Cape rugby in the past and they will want to prove that Province should have retained them rather than let them play elsewhere.

"This will add some needle to the match because the Province players will want to show that they are worth their places in the side."

Coetzee said he was aware of the fact that Griquas had a habit of starting the Currie Cup season on a high note.

"We ourselves are looking to start well against a very competitive Griquas side," said Coetzee.

"They are very familiar with our players and this is a side that's capable of making the semi-finals.

"They've shown over the years that at the start of the season they're a force to be reckoned with until injuries catch up with them later."

Centre Johann Sadie and wing JJ Engelbrecht, who recently penned a two-year contract with the Bulls, are in the backline along with inside centre Tim Whitehead and right wing Danie Poolman.

The fit-again Gary van Aswegen will direct operations from the flyhalf berth, and he'll he partnered by the highly promising Louis Schreuder.

Province still have a number of players on the injury list, a legacy of the gruelling protracted Super Rugby season.

Names on their injury list include their captain, Duane Vermeulen, Dewaldt Duvenage, Reinhardt Elstadt, Pieter Louw, JC Kritzinger and Lionel Cronje.

Teams:

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes 14 Danie Poolman 13 Johann Sadie 12 Tim Whitehead 11 JJ Engelbrecht 10 Gary van Aswegen 9 Louis Schreuder 8 Nick Koster 7 Siya Kolisi 6 Wimpie van der Walt 5 De Kock Steenkamp 4 Hilton Lobberts 3 Brok Harris 2 Deon Fourie (Captain) 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg 17 Frans Malherbe 18 Adriaan Fondse 19 Rohan Kitshoff 20 Nick Groom 21 Demetri Catrikilis 22 Marcel Brache

Griquas:

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Comments
  • Ruthless5 - 2011-07-14 18:04

    Alister, Alister. Wat van Adriaan Fondse? Ou Lobbertsie was nog nooit goed nie. Speel iemand wat heel seisoen die nocks kan vat.

      kakow - 2011-07-15 07:55

      +1

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 15:34

      @Ruthless5 - 10 uit 10 vir jou goeie voorstel. Een redelike goeie ex-Bull (Fondse) moet 'n ander useless has-been ex-Bull (Lobberts) vervang. Genugtig, hoeveel ex-Bulle is daar dan in die Kaap?

  • RobinHood - 2011-07-14 18:06

    Walking penalty - no idea where the on-side is

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-14 18:10

    I'm going to be crusified again by the 'holier than thou' brigade, but this guy is a thug on the rugby field. He doesn't have any regard for the laws of rugby. Dumbest decision ever by any WP coach. Go Griquas!!!

      Kaapie - 2011-07-14 18:17

      mmm hy't lekker vir Bakkies amper gedonner toe hy daar was

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-14 18:19

      Messteek is nader aan die waarheid.

      Will99 - 2011-07-15 07:14

      hahahahaha! nice!

      Kok - 2011-07-15 08:16

      Bulldozer, didn't Lobbs learned his thugness at Loftus???

      jk - 2011-07-15 08:17

      you know bulldozer, that he was very effective in the beginning of his career at the fortress, but i have said it before fondse is a hard worker, seems just like he fell out of favour here

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-15 11:51

      Jk, Fondse is another good players who's career got ruined at WP.

      jk - 2011-07-15 14:01

      bulldozer-think now seun (i know its difficult), there wasnt a spot for fondse the way our locks played this year

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 14:02

      @Kokky - Lobbs learned his toughness at Loftus. When it comes to intelligence, the Bulls realized they had made a big mistake bringing him up North, and as for his knife skills, it is from his Kaapse vlakte background.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-15 14:55

      Jk, now there is. Think now seun, think.

  • Carl Muller - 2011-07-14 18:21

    Good luck, I do hope and believe that WP will be a strong team and test the rest of us properly....... Bulls forever....

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-14 18:48

      Dankie Carl.. Voorspoed ook vir julle in Durban....

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-14 18:50

    Hilton is not a SPRINGBOK because of PURE luck, he deserved his place in the springbok side. Now the time has arrive for him to show his TRUE colours. He is in the same mould as a Duanne Vermeule, aggressive, strong, hardworker and a no-nonsense player. Voorspoed Griekwas, MAAR WP by 10+ Prooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!

      Lefty - 2011-07-14 19:03

      Jy kan nie ernstig wees nie man - die ou speel 5 minute en dan is sy go uit!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-14 20:23

      Same mould as Duane Vermeulen. That says it all. Ons is dom maar ons werk hard.

      jk - 2011-07-15 08:19

      wpbliksem, weet nie of ek daarmee kan saamstem nie, as hy so goed was waarom het hy nie aanhou bok speel nie..?, en onthou hy was n paar maande terug op die bench vir boland, en toe speel die springbok varsity cup.. dinge maak nie sin nie??

  • Gorilla - 2011-07-14 19:01

    Lobberts is a good call for the CC. He is useless past that level so use him well in the CC.

  • Lefty - 2011-07-14 19:02

    Ja so het Allister ook die volste vertroue in Wicus Blaauw en Brok Harris gehad/het!!!

      The Observer - 2011-07-15 12:47

      Kyk mooi. Hy speel omdat wp nie genoeg spelers van kleur het nie . Daar is net 3 uit die 22 so hulle moes hom speel.

  • Tiger - 2011-07-14 20:00

    Waar is Rohan Kitshoff (Griekwas flank wat saam met die Stormers getrain het aan die begin van die seisoen). Het WP hom gekontrakteer of geleen? Hy is 'n baie goeie fetcher en kan beslis handig te pas kom vir die WP.

      The_Fox - 2011-07-15 08:12

      Op die bench.

      jk - 2011-07-15 14:03

      net geleen, as piet louw reg is is daar nie plek vir hom nie-wimpie ok baie goe-hy begin saterdag

  • rugbylover.com - 2011-07-14 21:07

    'Allister has faith in Lobberts' and he is the only one that does! This is the worst decision Allister ever made. This guy is not a rugby player, maybe he'll be more comfortable in the WWE arena. The positive, he should be playing for so 20 minutes, then out for the season as usual. Province!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-14 22:14

    Wat het van Peter Grant geword? Ek het niks teen Van Aswegen nie; maar dalk sou 'n bietjie ervaring op losskakel nie sleg gewees het nie. Is Peter beseer, want sover ek weet is hy nie oorweeg vir die Bokgroep nie.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-14 22:21

      Ek dink hy is terug Japan toe...............waar hy hoort.

      meltie@24.com - 2011-07-14 23:06

      @Kleinboet, Ja Peter is nog beseer maar sal seker oor so n twee weke reg wees (volgens gerugte) Van Aswegen is n uitstaande speler en gaan die WP nie teleurstel nie. Sy skop uit die hand is baie beter as Peter sn en hy het vele meer ondernemingsgees as die meeste losskakels in SA. Hou hom gerus dop.

      jk - 2011-07-15 08:20

      in japan, hoor dan nou weer vir ou suurgat op die stoep... bulldozer

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 17:41

      Hy is op geneem in Rehab, want hy lei nog aan bomskok na die Crusaders se kindermoord op die Stormers.

  • Stufflé - 2011-07-14 22:46

    Ek ruik nepotisme. Was maar te dankbaar toe Lobby uit NTvl uit is.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-14 23:02

      Ek was op Nuweland toe hy die dag as n replacement teen die WP op die veld gekom het. Die Bulle het die game in die sakkie gehad (was met meer as 10 punte voor). Die vark was 2 minute op toe word hy geblaas vir n high tackle. 3 Punte vir die WP. Vyf minute later toe word hy afgestuur vir nog n hoë tackle, toe wen WP die game. Dit was sy laaste game ooit vir die Bulle gewees. Ek wonder hoekom.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-15 15:32

      Bulldozer, ek wonder ook hoekom! Dis mos hoe julle speel: hard en genadeloos! Sedert hy hier in die Kaap aangekom het, het ons hom dit probeer afleer (of so hoop ek!) O, nou sien ek in hoekom hy nie weer vir julle gespeel het nie: dis oor hy uitgevang word! Toemaar, ou Bulldozer, ek trek net jou been, man! Ek hou self nie van die bliksem nie!

  • Will99 - 2011-07-15 07:14

    Lobbersts is useless!

  • Oukoos - 2011-07-15 07:56

    Ek is die eerste ou wat kla as spelers van kleur rypgedruk word of sonder meriete ingesluit word. Maar in Lobberts se geval kry ek al die idee dat die kritiek onregverdig hard is net omdat hy 'n speler van kleur is. Ek is heeltemaal bereid om met 'n oop gemoed na sy vertoning eerskomende Saterdag te kyk. Dalk verras hy vriend en vyand met uitstekende spel.

      The_Fox - 2011-07-15 08:14

      Presies wat ek gister gesê het. Kom ons gee die man 'n kans om homself te bewys Sat.

      Kok - 2011-07-15 08:20

      En ek is die eerste ou wat kla as wit spelers in 'n span ingesluit word net omdat hy wit is, maar hy kan nie eers rugby spel nie. Hoekom moet spelers van kleur altyd ekstra hard werk en hulself oor en oor bewys om in 'n span te kom en hul plek te behou. Dis mos nou skoon snerts. Baie wit spelers word ook nie op meriete gekies nie, maar velkleur en reputasie.

      Oukoos - 2011-07-15 10:57

      @The Fox, ons kan ons daaraan troos dat al kom Hilton nou nie heeltemaal die mas op nie, hy sal nooit ooit so useless soos Earl Rose wees nie. Hilton kan ten minste ontwikkel en wie weet - uiteindelik dalk 'n groot bate vir die WP Die arme Griekwas, aan die ander kant, sit met 'n Rose wat as rugbyspeler vir ewig en altyd 'n las vir enige span sal wees.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-15 15:39

      Oukoos, ek hou nie van die bliksem nie; maar hy was op 'n rehabilitasieprogram en daar word beweer dat hy nou nie meer so maklik uitgevang word nie. Dink net hoe briesend gaan die Bulls wees; want toe hy nog by hulle was, is hy gereeld uitgevang! Ek hou duim vas dat jy reg is, want ek is ook 'n Stormer.

  • lerm1 - 2011-07-15 08:35

    I would say that it is not n bad province team and i like the fact that the team is still very young and some of them still played varsity cup this year.i would agree of playing fondse ahead of lobberts because he is used to the nocks of hard rugby,but if lobberts are having n good day he is on.He can bulldaze some players for u and can be solid in defence.Will just have to wait and see wheter the write or wrong lobberts are playing on the day

  • BlouBos - 2011-07-15 09:06

    Hy was so useless dat die Bulle hom weggejaag het. Tensy hy intussen in Rehab was dan mag dinge miskein verander. Maar met hom op die veld weet jy verseker in elke wedstryd het jy 4 strakoppe teen jou, 'n geel kaart of selfs 'n rooi kaart. Sterkte Allister, as dit die fondament is waarop jy wil bou dan gaan dit nog 100 jaar neem vir die WP om eendag weer die Curriebeker te wen.

      Oukoos - 2011-07-15 13:45

      BLOUBOS, dalk waar, dalk nie. Wat wel waar is: As die Bulls ook 'n paar ander ouens reeds verlede seisoen weggejaar het, sou hulle nie 7de op die Superbeker log geëindig het nie

      BlouBos - 2011-07-15 14:12

      Oukoos - Jy praat amper die waarheid. Maar die regte feit is dat die Bulle het Lobbs al reeds tydens die 2008 seisoen weggejaag. Lank terug nê.

  • Zion - 2011-07-16 15:56

    Ultimately Lobberts will put SA rugby in the same position that Bakkies Botha did for SA. I noticed my previous comment was deleted. So apparently you don't like what you know, manne.

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