WP to hold onto youngsters
Cape Town - The Western Province Rugby Union is hoping to extend the contracts of several of their young stars.
Lock Eben Etzebeth, loose forward Siya Kolisi and props Steven Kitshoff and Frans Malherbe all played instrumental roles in the Stormers' 15-12 victory over the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday night.
These four are all only 20 years old and several scribes suggested recently that the Bulls and Sharks could try to lure them away from Western Province.
But Stormers coach Allister Coetzee
told Die Burger
they are confident to retain the services of the youngsters for the next few years.
"It is in the pipeline. We want to make a few announcements this week," Coetzee said when asked whether WP made sure they'll retain the youngsters' services.
Kitshoff and Malherbe scrummed exceptionally well against the Sharks, which laid the platform for their eventual 15-12 victory, after flyhalf Peter Grant
kicked a touchline penalty in the dying moments.
Etzebeth and Kolisi were equally impressive, standing no inch back against more experienced opposition and showing good, controlled aggression.
"The scrums were a big factor in our victory. It was pleasing to see how a 20-year-old Steven Kitshoff troubled Jannie du Plessis - a Springbok - late in the game.
"We were criticised for our scrumming in the warm-up matches but it's nice to see how positively the front row and pack responded," said Coetzee.
Captain Jean de Villiers was also full of praise for his young stars.
"It would be great if we can make a habit of pulling through a game like this one. We had a very young pack out there today, and see how well they went against quality opposition," De Villiers told SAPA