Currie Cup

WP holding thumbs on Senatla

2014-09-01 10:48
Seabelo Senatla (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Speedster Seabelo Senatla will almost certainly miss Friday night’s home Currie Cup clash with the EP Kings at Newlands, but the Western Province brains-trust will be holding thumbs that his absence from the game won’t be for long.

According to the website, the Springbok Sevens star will have the ankle that he twisted during his match winning performance for WP against the Blue Bulls at Loftus this past weekend assessed on Monday. He said after the match that the ankle didn’t feel bad, and he was apparently walking comfortably on Sunday, but WP coach Allister Coetzee has listed him as a doubtful starter for Friday night’s game.

If Senatla does just miss the Kings game it will be better than might have been hoped when he was helped from the field during the 23-18 win in Pretoria. He looked in considerable discomfort and the television replays showed him twisting his ankle in a nasty way.

The reason that the WP coaches will be thankful if Senatla is out for just one week is because he has become an almost indispensable part of the game that Province have employed to take them to the top of the log one week short of the halfway point of the league season. The pace he and the other wing, Kobus van Wyk, display running off fullback Cheslin Kolbe is what has made WP so potent on the counter-attack, with Senatla being particularly influential, as was shown at Loftus.

“We know he just needs half a chance, he can turn any half opportunity into a seven pointer,” said Coetzee.

Indeed, he can, and with WP struggling to make much impact with their attacking game off structured play at Loftus, that ability is worth gold to the Cape team at present.

WP do need to work on aspects of their forward play as they head into the second half of the season as their scrumming was again poor and their lineout communication also let them down on occasion at Loftus. The Kings game might be an opportunity to rotate a bit in selection, with a player such as Ruan Botha deserving of a start even though Manuel Carizza has played well in the No 5 jersey.

One of the unsung heroes of the WP season so far is Under-21 lock Jean Kleyn, who gets through a mountain of work in the tight-loose and on his current form should be a great back-up for Springbok Eben Etzebeth in the Stormers Super Rugby squad next year.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni is one of the players due back from injury shortly, as is young loosehead prop Oli Kebble.

Read more on:    wp  |  currie cup  |  seabelo senatla  |  cape town  |  rugby

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

And the 2016 Currie Cup winners will be ...

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.