Coetzee expects braver rugby

2010-10-26 14:04

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Johannesburg - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee expects both teams to play braver rugby than you would normally expect in a Currie Cup final – and he says the domestic season decider in Durban will be decided by who wins what he calls ‘the battle of the gain line’.

The Sharks and WP were the top attacking teams in the Absa Currie Cup, and while finals tend to be won by the teams that play more conservative rugby, Coetzee noted that the Sharks employed a brave approach in beating the Blue Bulls in the semi-final.

And he has no intention of changing too much in the style that has seen WP score some great tries in the past couple of matches.

“There might be some tweaks here and there, but it would surprise me if either of the teams went into this game with any radical departure from the approach that has got them thus far,” said Coetzee.

“There is a tendency to be more conservative in a final, and I reckon that there will be a big focus on the basics. This is not really a time to be introducing too much that is new, for a final is the wrong time for players to be trying out new things.”

With six days to go to kickoff, it is still hard to decide who will go into this match as favourites – and neither side is desperate to take on the tag. However Coetzee said that he was relaxed and that the extra week to prepare had been a good thing.

“Everything is a lot less rushed than it was for instance before the Super 14 final against the Bulls in Soweto. Last week we could have a proper think about things, do all our tactical planning, and now this week we are starting to put it into practice on the training field,” said the coach.

“We had a good meeting and training session today (Monday), and there was complete buy-in from everyone in the squad about how we are going to approach this game.”

Coetzee has massive respect for the Sharks, who he knows will be hard to beat at a venue where they haven’t lost since February.

He believes the key to their game is momentum, and stopping that momentum, by limiting their effectiveness at the gain line, is going to be a big part of the WP quest to halt the home-side’s charge for victory.

“They will probably see it the same way – both of these teams are sides that will be dangerous if they get momentum, and that is why I think this game is going to be decided by the battle of the gain line,” said Coetzee.

“The Sharks have great ball carriers, and Willem Alberts plays a crucial role for them there and he has had a really good season since moving to Durban from Johannesburg. Keegan Daniel is also in great form, and Lwazi Mvovo is a dangerous runner.

"All those guys are important to their quest for momentum, and if we do allow them to get momentum, the Sharks could be unstoppable. So we have to stop them at the gain line.

“So defence is going to be vital, not just in stopping them but also in forcing the mistakes that maybe we can exploit to score off. The Sharks are a very physical team, and like most finals, this game will have a massive physical component to it. The breakdowns and collisions and the contact areas in general will be where this game is won and lost.

“Against a side like the Sharks you want to look after the ball when you have it so I don’t reckon that kicking will be a big element in this final.”

Coetzee was happy to report that all the Springboks who were part of the national training camp at the weekend have returned to WP feeling fresh, fit and motivated for Saturday.

“We don’t have any injury niggles which is good. You don’t want that in the week of a final,” said Coetzee.


  • The Enlightened One - 2010-10-26 14:28

    So much focus on WP... I smell a big disappointment for the boys from Cape. Good side, but too many people talking them up. It's a recipe for disaster. Ask the AB's...

  • Craig - 2010-10-26 14:33

    GO PROVINCE....bring the Curry Cup back to where it belongs.

  • Megabull - 2010-10-26 14:35

    Sharkies if you want to beat weerprobeer just go for them upfront and keep the ball thight like the Bulls did in the S14 final. Dont give them space to move and remember in 2001 you gave them the CC. We kept it from them till now. Now its your turn to do the same. Any team but province got to win the CC. Have fun the weekend!

  • peebo - 2010-10-26 14:44

    this is going to be a great match - never been two finalists as worthy of contention

  • Dr Wee Pee - 2010-10-26 14:52

    Se vir hulle oom Allister. I take my hat off to Mr Coetzee, here is a man who rightfully should have been the BOK coach and the only deserving coach but yet he stays humble and enjoys he's job. On Saturday the guppies are going to feel the power of the Coetzee mind. hahahahahahahahaha.

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-26 15:29

    Lets hope for a spectacular final, go boys, we've still got a long way to go before we're in the same class as the Bulls

  • Effie - 2010-10-26 15:44

    Dit gaan nou nie juis die excitement he wat 'n Bulls final sou wees nie, die beste span in wereldrugby die afgelope dekade of so. Maar kom ons hoop vir 'n exciting game tussen die B-spanne, ek's lus om my mielie bietjie te ruk.

  • GVA@Dr Wee Pee - 2010-10-26 15:49

    Very nervous giggle you have there Dr now run quick to the toilet and make a Pee Pee!! SHARKS FOREVER!!!!

  • Chrisjan - 2010-10-26 18:14

    Baie interessant - die feit dat so baie Flounulletjies die afgelope week so op die WP- berigte boer. So vir oulaas 'n bitterbek uitsprakie lewer - so asof enige een hul nog steur aan julle diklippie menings. Darem maar seer om nie deel te wees van Saterdag se groot makietie nie, ne? Kry dit tog nou fnaal in jul beenkoppe: Julle is nie DEEL van Saterdag se oorlog nie - julle gewere is nou niks meer as windgewere nie - bly uit die pad van die grootkanonne en hou op om in die verlede te lewe! Die hede is tog soveel lekkerder, man. Aan die anderkant: bly maar lees vrinne, miskien, net miskien, tel julle terloops dalk ook so 'n ietsie oor ware RUGBY op hierdie forum op. Go PROVINCE!!! WeePEE, jou lekker dingeling!!! Sharks, julle is gerespekteerde teenstanders.

  • frank - 2010-10-26 18:38

    An area of grave concern for me , that I have picked up lately , is that the referees and assistant referees are so much consumed by the game , and the pace of the game , that very very basic rugby errors are not picked up and exposed . In almost all of the games that I have watched this year , whenever a player kicks , there will always be a player in front of the kicker . It is so frustrating that the assistants don't pick this up . To the real rugby supporters , just try and survey this . You'll be amazed how maby times this happens . Not only here , It's all over . Or did the rules change lately ? Are the chasers allowed to be ahead of the kicker ?

  • effie@Chrisjan - 2010-10-27 06:52

    Ek het lanklaas iemand soveel p@es hoor praat! Julle is die eerste keer in 'n donnerse dekade in die run om iets te wen en alreeds reken julle julle oorheers SA rugby. Jy's obviously bietjie gestrem ou bees, gaan suig jou boetie bietjie af

  • 9 year losers - 2010-10-27 08:25

    WeeProbeer = 9 year losers...!! ......GO SHARKS..!!

  • Renegade - 2010-10-27 10:06

    @effie. Wat praat jy!! Jy is heeltemal reg tov die kak wat chisjan skyf. Mens kry eintlik skaam om te dink hy praat/skryf in afrikaans.Ek dink hy is op pille.

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-27 14:24

    Sad to say, ..but the Sharks are going ot win the C-cup..!! ....snif.. snif... snif....

  • Cliff Bradley - 2010-10-27 15:10

    But I'm hoping for a cracker of a game, both teams has played good rugby, make no mistake though, they not in the class of the Bulls by a long stretch for now.

  • Oom D - 2010-10-27 15:33

    WP is the best the sharks will never stand a chance and sorry for the blue bulls losers you guys talk too much and do nothing better luck next time GO WESTERN PROVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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