Currie Cup

Flyhalf boost for WP

2013-08-26 19:30
Gary van Aswegen (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Western Province will be buoyed by the return from injury of flyhalf Gary van Aswegen ahead of their Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Friday.

Van Aswegen, who missed the Griquas clash with a shoulder injury, returned to training on Monday and would be put through a full day's training on Tuesday.

Centre Pat Howard and utility back Michael van der Spuy, both battling with hamstring injuries, also returned to training on Monday.

Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis, who had yet to play since returning to the Cape on loan from the Kings, also made a return to the training field.

Province coach Allister Coetzee said the team faced a tough task against the in-form team of the competition.

"You don't often go to Pretoria and put 60 points past the Bulls," Coetzee said.

"It was an awesome performance from the Lions at Loftus Versfeld.

"They were clinical in everything they did and played at a very high tempo."

The Lions recorded the biggest winning margin of the 2013 Currie Cup season, beating the Blue Bulls 62-23.

"The Bulls were ahead by 23-20 with thirty minutes left in the match," he said.

"But the Lions, with their effective ball-in-hand style of play, scored an incredible six tries to come away with a deserved victory."

After three rounds of action, Province were the only unbeaten team in the Currie Cup, but Coetzee admitted they had luck on their side in their 20-19 win over Griquas in Kimberley.

"As good as the Lions were in their victory, we got something of a 'get out-of-jail-free card' against Griquas," Coetzee said.

"Hopefully, we would have learnt our lessons from the weekend.

"Griquas were effective when they had the ball and put us under pressure, but we are expecting an even bigger challenge against the Lions in Johannesburg."

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