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WP to change plan for Lions

2011-10-04 08:02

Cape Town - Western province coach Allister Coetzee says their game plan would be changed for the clash against the Golden Lions at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday.

Injuries have once again hampered WP and scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage is a doubtful starter for the clash in Johannesburg.

The scrumhalf scored a late, opportunist try against the Sharks in Durban over the weekend to enable his team to clinch a surprise 15-10 victory.

However, in the process of gathering the stray ball after Sharks substitute flyhalf Frederic Michalak had a kick charged down, Duvenage turned over his ankle en route to the tryline.

As a result, Duvenage, who had moved into the flyhalf berth at the expense of Lionel Cronjé, could not take the conversion.

Instead, the place-kicking duties were handed to substitute scrumhalf Louis Schreuder. Duvenage battled on gamely to help his side to a morale-boosting win.

"It says a lot about the character and guts of Dewaldt that he carried on with an injury," said Coetzee.

"But that's what this team is about, they're all fight and that's what won the day. We've now had a chance to review the game and we saw that given the opportunities we created, we left some tries out there on the field."

Fullback Heinrich Steyl was also stretchered off the field midway through the first half, and was replaced by Conrad Jantjes.

"It was a terrible injury and a scan showed that Heinrich had broken his leg in two places, much the same way Conrad Jantjes did last year," Coetzee said.

"I really feel for him because it was his first match in the starting team, and he'll be out of the game for at least nine months.

"Jantjes also returned (from Durban) with an injury and the doctor is not sure whether he'll be okay to play against the Lions. There are a few players who will have to be managed (rested) this week if we want to select them for the match."

Coetzee said his makeshift team managed to cut down on the error rate and did not stray from the match plan.

"We pulled off a great win against a Sharks side that included some quality players," said Coetzee.

"We won't have the same players available, as much as we would like and that changes the way we will play.

"The next step is to work on a (game) plan that the available players will be comfortable with.

"Our concern won't be what the Lions are capable of, but we know that as the Currie Cup log-leaders they are a very good side, and a very fit side considering they have lots of strike late in a match.

"The Lions are a side that have played together for two seasons and they're not affected by Springbok call-ups the way we are. They have shown the benefits of continuity in selection and are now a formidable team," Coetzee said.

"Province, on the other hand, have already used just over 40 players in the Currie Cup competition so we don't have continuity and it's been very difficult to produce consistent performances."

Injury returnees scrumhalf Nick Groom, flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis, eighthman Nick Koster and lock Hilton Lobberts started training on Monday and will be considered for selection, although their match fitness will be in question.

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Comments
  • AdriaanAdams - 2011-10-04 08:19

    Lions all the way...

      goldenmart - 2011-10-04 14:50

      I would actually prefer the Lions to throw this one... Man I would love to see the bulls out of any chance of making the semies

  • Red Lion - 2011-10-04 08:35

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LIONS!!!! RED AND WHITE WE ARE DYNAMITE NOU MET DIE LEEU

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-04 08:47

    GREAT news!!!!!!!!! Would be NICE to have Koster, Groom and Demitri in the starting line up..... WP jy IS en SAL ALTYD 'n LEKKER DING wees. WP by 7+

      Kaapie - 2011-10-04 11:39

      Frankly I thought Carr brought more to the game than Koster has. Duvies is journeyman scrummie and Catrekillis reminds me a lot of Robbie Blair.. great boot, solid flyhalf, not great running half but good.

      nixcroft - 2011-10-04 15:33

      jip... 7+ behind :)

      Plonker - 2011-10-05 10:52

      Nope, Lions by 3

  • Paul - 2011-10-04 08:59

    Lions by plenty

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-10-04 15:03

      En WP jou LEKKA DENG!!!!!!!!

  • Hope-101 - 2011-10-04 10:09

    Whatever you do, keep the ball in hand.

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-10-04 10:10

    Go WP! You chaps have done us proud. I wish govt had the balls these young WP dudes have. No fear, no favour.

  • LIONSAMAZING - 2011-10-04 10:31

    Die Lions het net te veel skiet goed. Dit gaan nog steeds n great game wees, want daar gaan baie, baie driee gedruk word Saterdag, en almal gaan Lions driee wees. Die Rooibontes gaan lekker brul!!!!!!

  • Fleckie - 2011-10-04 11:08

    They should play Cronje at 15 and demitri back at 10. Grooms a bloody good player. Fondse is seriously useless, Hilton way beta. wheres Quinn Roux?? wasnt playin for the u21 side. Malherbe must start

      24browser - 2011-10-04 16:13

      Hows about they get rid of cronje asap and drop him off at the local train station in gauteng and buy him a ticket to loftus. Cronje should not be playing on saturday.

  • Bert - 2011-10-04 12:28

    WP gaan hardloop rugby speel, goeie hardloop rugby. Baie agteruit, maar goeie hardloop rugby. LIONS met 10 plus

  • Zip23 - 2011-10-04 13:56

    Final will be played in Bloem.

      BulvanBulle - 2011-10-04 16:27

      Think so too. Cheetahs-Bulls final

      Plonker - 2011-10-05 10:59

      @ Zip23 & Bulvanbulle, Dream on gents, dream on and when you wake up your coffee goona be cold.

  • BulvanBulle - 2011-10-04 15:12

    What plan? To fall around the field like headless chickens? Their only plan is bribing the ref

  • Kleinboet - 2011-10-04 15:42

    WP, speel julle harte uit en maak ons (weereens) trots. Moenie skrik vir die Leeus nie al is hulle tereg bo-aan die punteleer; maar toon respek aan hierdie waardige teenstaanders en bring ten minste 4 punte huis toe. Bly om te sien Catrakilis is weer beskikbaar. Ons het ons beste rugby gespeel met hom op losskakel.

      BulvanBulle - 2011-10-04 15:44

      kleinboet, ``Maak ons weereens trots`` Soos die laaste 10 jaar ne

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 17:11

      BULVANBULLE Nee soos die Blou Bulle in verlede jaar se Curriebeker eindstryd

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 17:14

      Oeps sorry BULVANBULLE, ek het hy al vroegvanmiddag vergryp aan die papsak. Skoon vergeet dat die bulle verlede jaar in die halfeindstryd gechoke het

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 17:56

      @oukoos Moenie worry nie Kosie, jy lyk of jy permanent op die papsak is. het WP die CC gewen in 2010 wat jy na verwys? En vergelyk gou 2009?

  • Chris Holtshausen - 2011-10-04 17:10

    Duvenhage is geensins 'n verlies nie. 'n Hero Saterdag ... ? Ek weet nie so mooi nie?! Ek is 'n groot WP-ondersteuner, maar sukkel nou al vir 3 seisoene om te verstaan waarom hy so hoog aangeskryf word. Is dit bloot omdat daar niemand anders (vir die nr.9-trui) in die WP is nie? Wat is die man se kwaliteite nou eintlik? Is dit goed genoeg om op die vlak bloot 'n goeie 'pass' te he? Dewald kan nie 'n breek maak nie... hy't nie spoed nie...hy hou geen losvoorspeler van die opposisie besig nie wat dit natuurlik net soveel moeiliker vir die middelveld maak om aan te val...hy't dus nie eens 'nuisance' waarde nie...sy 'box-kick' moet die heel treurigste van alle tye wees (gee telkens bloot balbesit weg of nog erger: telkens direk by die kantlyn uit!) Saterdag kon hy net sowel die 'skurk' gewees het toe hy die bal reg in die hande van 'n Shark gesmyt het...net goeie verdediging het 'n wendrie onder die pale verhoed!!! Ek wag nou regtig vir iemand om my te oortuig dat die mannetjie die regte man vir die nr.9-trui is. My vraag weereens is: Is 'average' goed genoeg om vir die WP te speel?!!

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 17:20

      Voor Nick Groom op die toneel gekom het was hy die beste wat ons gehad het - Januarie het hom goed laat lyk. Hopenlik behou ons Groom en laat glip ons nie hom ook deur die vingers nie.

      Oukoos - 2011-10-04 18:30

      @FAKE Oukoos "Ons?" Wie is ons? Jy is nie deel van die "ons" nie jou aap. Dis die WP of die Bulle of whatever

  • Jan - 2011-10-04 20:56

    Go PROVINCEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. JOU LEKKERRRRRRRRRR DINGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Raeez - 2011-10-05 10:29

    First time EVER i wudnt mind Lions Losing. I would Love to see the Bulls get knocked out

  • michael - 2011-10-05 14:34

    go Lions i will see you at the game

  • michael - 2011-10-05 14:39

    hey zip23 the final will be in joburg

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