Venter: De Jongh for impact

2010-10-04 22:39

Stephen Nell

Cape Town – Pick Jean de Villiers and Jaque Fourie as the centre pairing, and use Juan de Jongh as an impact player in the last 30 minutes.

That is the advice from former Springbok centre Brendan Venter to Western Province coach Allister Coetzee ahead of Saturday’s Currie Cup match against the Sharks at Newlands.

Venter currently coaches English Premiership side Saracens. He is well-known for his technical knowledge and creative thinking about rugby.

Sport24 approached Venter for an opinion about what Coetzee should do now that he has three Springbok centres – De Villiers, De Jongh and Fourie – available.

“I’d pick Jean at inside centre and Jaque at outside centre, and then send Juan on in Jaque’s place with 30 minute to go,” said Venter.

“You have less space early in the game and will be better off with experienced players. Juan looks exciting every time I see him. I believe you will get more out of him in the last 30 minutes. The other guys will then be able to give it their all for 50 minutes.”

Venter is not enthusiastic about the prospect of Fourie playing fullback.

“Conrad Jantjes was very good under the high ball in the first 25 minutes on Saturday. Jaque has also not played fullback for a long time. You may just get yourself in trouble if you play him there now,” he said.

Coetzee will be making an unpopular decision should he follow Venter’s advice. However, Venter believes De Jongh will play a major role if he plays for the last 30 minutes.

“You can tell Juan that he will play for 30 minutes. There is not a major difference between 50 and 30 minutes. He will therefore be more than just a substitute.

“He can train at inside and outside centre for the entire week, so that he can replace either Jean or Jaque.”

Coetzee told Sport24 on Monday that he was still thinking about the issue, but would like to have all three players.

“It will be difficult to digest one of them being on the bench. You’d like them on the field. In general play there is no number on your back,” he said.

“All three players have shown that they are outstanding with the ball in hand.”

A thorough analysis of the Sharks will be an important determining factor in Coetzee’s decision.

The Sharks, for example, have a strong left wing in Lwazi Mvovo, which could make it a good idea for WP to use Fourie at right wing.

Bryan Habana is also available again and should make his WP debut in the No 11 jersey.

Should one of the centres play wing, Coetzee will have to make a call between Jantjes and Gio Aplon at fullback.

Schalk Burger will probably replace Pieter Louw on the flank as well as captain the side.


  • Sharkie - 2010-10-05 00:02

    Send De Jong to the sharks,you cant have the three best centres in one team.

  • Tommygun - 2010-10-05 00:20

    What does Venter know! Ask ABSA!

  • Effie @ - 2010-10-05 00:38

    Ag help my, Brendan naai my in die hol Venter, loop klap eerder die skare in Engeland rond as om jou ou simpel mof stemmetjie hier uit te laat man.

  • Grim - 2010-10-05 06:58

    Please put Habana on, we will then see how much better Lwazi is than him and should be selected for the boks

  • Coenie - 2010-10-05 07:00

    Will not consider Habana for the starting line-up. At the most, play him off the bench.Leave Jantjes and Aplon were they are. Don't scratch were it's not itching. De Jongh didn't do anything which justifies him being dropped for Fourie. And I believe he is a better defender as Fourie and De Villiers. But it's for the couch to decide.....

  • Huey - 2010-10-05 07:01

    the sharks will be bringing a B side with so no worries who plays where, the Sharks will still open a bif can off whip a** Go Sharks

  • Kobus - 2010-10-05 07:33

    Why the hell do we always want to select players out of position Pick your best centre combination and the third guy gets the bench. Have you ever see O'Driscol play wing or fullback in the past 10 years. If you keep selecting players out of position, you end up with clueless players like Brent Russel, Ruan Pienaar, etc. If you are no.3 then you belong on the bench - end of story. Improve or move to another province if you are not happy.

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-10-05 07:35

    Allistair must choose the following team1 JD 2 Deon 3 JC 4 Fondse 5 Anton 6 Schalk 7 Flo 8 Duanne 9 Ricky 10 Willem 11 Brian 12 Jean 13 Jacque 14 JJ 15 Gio 16 De Kock 17 Pieter 18 Callie Visagie 19 Brok 20 Dewaldt 21 Juan 22 Lionel... WP jou JAM TERT!!! Wp by 10!!

  • Sydney - 2010-10-05 07:46

    @Sharkie, the three best centres, my foot man, where are they. I only see one with possibility, De jongh. Why not pick Fourie and Devilliers on the bench, and keep the team the same. Dei Villiers is more out of position to intercepts, thus creating the space for the attacking team. Please let Habana still stay at home. And burger, i have forgotten about him, did not even miss him.

  • Carl - 2010-10-05 07:56

    I hope WP pick the strongest possible side. They are going to need it. There front row is the worst in the curry cup and that is were they are going to lose it. U can have the best back line in the world, but without ball they can only defend. And that is what they are to do for 80 min. Just a quicky on the boks. Rassie to coach and Stupid Pieter to organise the jerseys and the beers after the game

  • Marius - 2010-10-05 07:59

    If Schalk Burger replaces Pieter Louw, WP will definitely lose. They will get murdered at the breakdown and rucks, because they will not have a single specialist fetcher and then it doesn't matter how good your backline is, without decent ball they can do absolutely nothing.

  • hasie - 2010-10-05 08:04

    Lwasi gaan kringe om Habana hardloop, dalk moet die WP Habana 'n ringsite seat gee sodat hy kan kyk hoe moet 'n vleuel rugby speel!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raka13 - 2010-10-05 08:16

    We need a flyhalf to give the 3 best centres in SA more opportunities. De Jongh is the finest find this season, he is really becoming a super player! He can side step his own shadow!!!

  • WP Rules - 2010-10-05 08:21

    @Sharkie! The Dumb Sharks buy every player that they can possibly get there hands on and they try to make the other teams weaker! Jacque and Jean should be the center pairing for WP and the Boks! WP Jou lekker ding!

  • Blue Bulls @ Balsak - 2010-10-05 08:52

    Wish you had picked that side for last week - with fatuary at 9 the bulls would have gotten the bonus point now the sharks will take it by 12 (36-24)! Enjoy!

  • GW - 2010-10-05 08:59

    Those gappies from Urdan must send there best possible side to CT otherwise it will be a hiding of note. Lwazi is not all that great on defence so play on him and expose his weakness. Another weak point is Shambie at 10, he is great all with ball in hand but again his defense sucks. Go Province

  • TOS - 2010-10-05 09:04


  • Megabull - 2010-10-05 11:38

    Watermeyer made them look like the center-pair from the "special" school's 5th team...........

  • MACK DIE BLOUE - 2010-10-05 12:03

    Dis te laat manne ,die Bulle is in die semi's,pick wie en wat julle wil -die beker bly IN PRETORIA ,BY LOFTUS.......... soos julle vroeer gewaarsku is ,jy wen nie die C.C. in die pers ,op die internet ,of in Augustus nie.

  • SHARK - 2010-10-05 15:22

    Lwazi Mvovo is a example of how you have to play the game , keep those legs pumping!! Def must be in the end of year tour!!

  • stormers rhymes with loosers - 2010-10-05 21:25

    I hope the Sharks kick some serious Stormers butt. De Villiers and the Jongh sucked against the Bulls, Jacques Fourie is better than both De Villiers and De Jongh combined. My dream would come true if the Bulls win the Stormers on Newlands.

  • Piet Parow - 2010-10-06 07:59

    WP's problem is at pivot. Sorry to say but De Waal is just crap and we obviously miss bash but can't throw Lionel to the wolves (sharks) now. The only way we'll beat the Sharks on Sat is to try and run them off their feet, thus I would play: 10 Wikkelspies, 11. Bryan, 12 Jean, 13 Juan, 14 Fourie, 15 Aplon. That, bar Wikkelspies, is probably the best backline in South Africa at the moment. Jantjes has been solid under the high ball but so what? He never joins the line and lost a lot of pace since his injury. It's now or never Province, pull finger and start playing rugby.

  • @ all blou bull-shit comments - 2010-10-06 11:59

    You common folk are going to have yourself a lekker night off for beating your wives and shagging your family members, as you wont be watching the final this year as you won't be in it.. However, you can enjoy watching the surveilance footage from your "kameras" of yr just as trashy looking coaching/management staff taking the trophy out of the cabinet and sending it to the teams that will be participating over and over. The reason I know this is that I have a pretty good feeling that the game will end at end of full time this year.. Not 82 minutes or 85.. just 80... The way tournaments are usually won.. you know? lol.. i ees finks problabbly nots... shame..

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