Currie Cup

WP ready for Lions' challenge

2011-10-20 07:30
Allister Coetzee (File)

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says he is positive his team will do well in a Currie Cup semi-final against the Golden Lions at Ellis Park on Saturday.

"We are under no illusions about what we will be in for in Joburg but we've prepared well," said Coetzee.

"We are taking a good team up there and the players will have to take ownership (of the task of beating the Lions)."

Coetzee named Jaque Fourie and talisman flank Schalk Burger in the starting line-up in Bellville on Wednesday.

The world-class midfielder Fourie played off the substitutes' bench last week shortly after his return from the Springboks' disappointing Rugby World Cup campaign in New Zealand.

He replaces fellow Springbok Juan de Jongh, who has been moved out to the bench.

Burger replaces Pieter Louw and will once again skipper the side in their crucial semi-final match.

"It's nice to have our captain back and he's one that leads from the front," said Coetzee.

Burger made his 2011 Currie Cup debut when he joined the fray in the final 20 minutes against the Pumas last week.

"I only just had a few minutes of Currie Cup rugby this season but I can see that we will have to play well against the Lions," said Burger.

Another change in the pack is in the second row where De Kock Steenkamp returns, while lock Adriaan Fondse has been retained and will make the line-out calls on Saturday.

"We were not happy with our set-piece last week (against the Pumas) but we've worked on it this week and we know we have to be accurate," said Coetzee.

"Execution and accuracy is going to be important. The simpler we keep our play the better it will be for us.

"We didn't finish well against the Leopards and that won't happen again."

Coetzee said he would not read too much into the Lions' crushing 53-9 defeat to the Sharks last week because they went into that match knowing that the outcome had no bearing on their No 1 log position.

Three weeks ago, the Lions mauled Province with a 42-25 win in a league match in Johannesburg.

This time, the Cape side will be significantly strengthened by the inclusion of Springboks Burger, Fourie, De Jongh, Gio Aplon, Jean de Villiers and Bryan Habana.

Burger said it was important for him and his fellow forwards to keep the Lions pack in check, otherwise his powerful backline won't come into play.

"The forwards will have to take responsibility because it all starts up front," said Burger.

"If the forwards don't lay a sound platform then the performance of the backs will be nullified. The forwards have a huge responsibility."


Golden Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Doppies la Grange, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Derick Minnie, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 CJ Van der Linde

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Warren Whiteley, 19 Cobus Grobbelaar/Jaco Kriel, 20 Butch James, 21 Dylan Des Fountain, 22 James Kamana

Western Province:

15  Gio Aplon, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean De Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JC Kritzinger

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Tertius Daniller, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Conrad Jantjes


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