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WP back Scarra, Steenkamp

2012-10-15 18:00

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is confident hooker Scarra Ntubeni and lock De Kock Steenkamp can fill the injury void left in their forward pack.

Springboks Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg were on Monday ruled out of their Currie Cup semi-final against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

Lock Bekker (toe) and hooker Liebenberg (back) were injured at Newlands against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday, and will be out of action for at least a week.

"We know that even [as] you lose players, the job must go on. It is unforeseen and not ideal especially when you're preparing for a Currie Cup semi-final," Coetzee said on Monday in Bellville.

"We'll focus on what we have. Fortunately De Kock and Scarra are not strangers to our systems.

"He's actually always played well when given a chance and now he has a chance to start again.

"He has never let us down and in the past he's also learnt to manage our lineout well.

"During the Super Rugby season he coped well with the pressure and this time he can count on support from (Eben) Etzebeth, Don (Armand) and (Duane) Vermeulen."

Regarding whether Deon Fourie was considered at hooker having covered the position for three seasons, Coetzee said Fourie had been playing well at No 6.

"We don't want to make it a fruitcake (by picking Fourie at No 2) and besides, Deon has been playing well as a blindside flanker.

"Scarra has been doing well when he' joined play, and both players have a huge work load."

Coetzee said his side would have to play better then they did against the Cheetahs even though Province won the game 36-15.

"We'll have to play better than we played against the Cheetahs. Our performance against the Cheetahs was like a dress rehearsal.

"The players did a review of the Cheetahs game and we saw that we can improve in some areas, especially when it comes to decision-making. There were a few situations when we did not capitalise.

"This week we'll be looking at ways to counter the Lions' ability to contest line-outs with great success.

"They are the champions and this week a few players who did not play against the Bulls are returning from injury and they'll be even stronger."

Bolla Conradie was a surprise addition to training on Monday, even though the former-Boland scrumhalf was given a send-off by the 'Winefarmers' a few weeks ago.

"We didn't see the need to disrupt the Under-21s, and Bolla indicated that he was available to come and train with us," said Coetzee.

"He's an experienced campaigner and he knows our systems, having played many times for the Stormers and WP for quite a few years. He is here in case of emergency - should anything happen to Nic (Groom) or Louis (Schreuder)."

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Comments
  • matt.jarvis.77312477 - 2012-10-15 18:11

    What a great trophy the CC is.The backbone of South African rugby that is and so full of tradition and history.Regardless of what rugby pundits say about the Heineken Cup,Super Rugby trophy,or the Guinness Premiership trophy,the Currie Cup is the best trophy to win because of the sheer importance it has in South African folklore.

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-15 18:34

    GO LIONS!!! Keep the cup in JHB!! We have the forwards to dominate and the backs to use the ball and score the points! Lions must dominate!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-15 22:04

    i think bolla is just there in the practise sessions, think this game is too tight to call, as with the other semi

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-16 07:35

    klomp jaloerse,mislukke, patetiese en common Bloubulle wat hier comment op WP artikels. Dit klink vir my of hulle al klaar weet hulle span gaan choke vir die volgende paar jaar aan een. Bad losers!!! Go WP!, Steenkamp en Scara behoort Andries en Tiaan se plekke te vul met gemak en kan die ding doen.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-16 22:53

      @eddie dicker, is jou van rerig "Dicker?" Praat van chokers?! Wie is die grooste chokers in wereldrugby ou seun. 11jaar in die CC, 17 jaar in Super

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-10-17 12:29

      kaptein spies, is jou naam regtig Aubrey Levine?

  • abraham.johnson.714 - 2012-10-16 08:28

    western province started to grow their youngsters from under 19 to b in semi finals so just to prove how good they r u will c them as curry cup champions at the end of the season PROVINCE JOU LEKKER DING

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