Coetzee salutes special WP win

2011-10-03 17:05

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has praised the character of his injury-plagued team after their upset 15-10 win over the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

Province recorded 18 injuries in the Currie Cup before the clash at the Shark Tank and went into the game as heavy underdogs.

A late opportunistic try by scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage stole the victory for the Capetonians to keep their semi-final aspirations alive.

“This was a special win for the side. To come up to Durban and win against a team with far more experience, it is highly impressive. The players once again showed their fight and heart. We fought to the end and it keeps us alive in the competition," Coetzee told the WP Rugby website.

“I think we did well to not give too many turnovers away. We started much better than we have over the last few weeks and our defence was outstanding. The pack played well and our set pieces were very good. In the end it was a disciplined performance and a fantastic victory for the guys.”

Province take on the Lions in Johannesburg this weekend, before concluding their round-robin campaign with a clash against the Pumas at home on October 15.


  • Baylion - 2011-10-03 17:20

    The last time the Lions lost to WP in Joburg in the CC was in 2005. Here's hoping this record will be intact after this weekend. But the Lions are worrying me. They really haven't played focused rugby the last few weeks. :(

      The Rock - 2011-10-03 17:43

      For some or other reason the Lions have always been a bit of a nemisis team for Province. It is soo good to see the Lions doing well, but, my heart is with province - so, may the best team on the day win!!!

  • ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-03 18:36

    Well done WP you played really well under trying circumstances. You deserved the win.

  • oukoos - 2011-10-03 19:28

    Coetzee should salute the ref!! What a joke

      Northern Stormer - 2011-10-03 20:35

      Fake gemors en inbred !!! Gaan mors jou familie se tyd rubbish !!!

      oukoos - 2011-10-03 22:32

      @northern Joker HA HA HA BWA HA HA Sien daai humeur probleempie steek weer koppie uit. Wil jy he ek moet vir jou bietjie berading reel

      ShadowfaxUK - 2011-10-04 21:07

      Oukoos I'm a die hard Sharks supporter and I'm the first to complain when the ref is fishy, but in my opinion ML had a good game. The Sharks lost because they didn't play good rugby and WP played really well. WP I take my hat off to you guys.

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