Coetzee: S15 heartache is over

2012-08-06 19:59

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says are ready for the Currie Cup season, which gets underway on Saturday against the Sharks at Newlands.

"The players all looked refreshed at today's (Monday) session and I was pleased with the way it went," he said in Bellville on Monday.

Coetzee had spent the past few days nursing the squad, following the Stormers' dismal Super Rugby semi-final performance against the Sharks, two weeks ago.

He said: "It was important that we got over the Super Rugby disappointment and close that door completely behind us. It is now time to open the next door, which is the Currie Cup.

"For a couple of days after the semifinal the players were hurting, and the break away from rugby helped them to get over it. Mentally the loss was draining, but we'll be up for the task this weekend."

With injuries still a problem, and Springbok call-ups, Coetzee said he was forced to cast his selection net wide to find personnel.

"I've looked at club rugby and saw what we could work with. I have invited several players, who I would like to give an opportunity because they deserve it.

"We will be relying on our Under-21 ranks for reserve stocks since they have a lot of talented players.

"With our Bok players out, it's going to be a challenge to field a strong team, and now that Quin Roux has left for Ireland, we've lost four locks."

Coetzee was awaiting a medical report on flank Schalk Burger, who had not responded well to the rehabilitation programme for his knee. It seemed likely Burger would not play again this year.

Eighthman Duane Vermeulen was training on Monday, and it was likely he will be match-fit in a fortnight.

Another player on the injury list was flanker Nick Koster, who should be back next week for light training.

In the absence of Springbok captain Jean de Villiers, Province would need a new leader, and Coetzee would name the skipper on Wednesday.

Province had backline players Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh, after they were controversially left out of the Bok squad.

Coetzee intended naming his Currie Cup squad later this week. It would include a few "buys" from outside the Province region.

"I've had to look elsewhere for reinforcements, although we prefer to give local players a chance," said Coetzee.

"There are a few local players who keep working hard and who want to improve. We're are looking for players who can become dominant against quality opposition."


  • harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-06 20:03

    I can't wait for their next inevitable choke.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-06 20:12

      Don't worry the CC is just around the corner...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-06 20:25

      They gonna tackle their way to the semi's until they lose again when it matters, as always.

      isaac.wiese.313 - 2012-08-06 20:28

      I am not a confrontational person but I did enjoy the Stormers epic choke. I do hope we see it soon again

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-06 20:31

      BMT'less Stompies... is what it's called...

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-06 20:33

      Don't worry Isaac. It's just around the corner.

      isaac.wiese.313 - 2012-08-06 20:35

      But I do admit, when any player puts on the Bok jersey, I love them

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-06 20:53

      Unless it's Parkie Bekker...

      isaac.wiese.313 - 2012-08-06 20:56

      And JDJ

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-06 21:13

      Cometh the hour, Choketh the stormer

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-06 22:16

      .....11 years... ......and counting...

      thomas.cannon.712 - 2012-08-06 22:54

      Lets be practical, after all this time when do you have to start looking at the coaching staff??? Everyone attacked John Mitchel for the way he treated his players and said look at Allister, you dont have to be nasty to succeed!!! Succeed at what, cream of the crop players with no trophy and no hopers with a Currie Cup trophy in your first full season!!! As a coaching staff Allister and Co cannot get past that playoff mental barrier and that is where your coaching staff are supposed to be good at most of all!!! Opposition sides saw they just needed to make the Stormers have to score one or two tries to catch up and they had them!! The Stormers coaching staff were unable to do that for how many seasons now, the buck stops with them!!!

      japjapjap.wat - 2012-08-07 11:10

      Coetzee: S15 heartache is over...maar weepee se hoofpyn met di grapgat is nog ni verby ni... maar ons geniet weepee rugby, onder daai platberg en ons geniet 'n weepee pizza met exstra 'hearti-chokes' soos hulle kom. weepee djo leke deng

  • skinfaxi.mordor - 2012-08-06 21:07

    Heyneke doesn't need any more key players from the Stormers because he picked Allister's locks.

  • Jacques - 2012-08-06 21:18

    Not like it's his first disappointment ever haha

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-06 22:21

      ...bye bye Alister Coetzee.. ! ...time to go....

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-06 22:23

      ...bye bye Alister Coetzee.. ! ...time to go....

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-08-06 22:26

      Sharks are trendsetters at choking,world record holders 4 finals 4 chokes 100% record !

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-08-06 22:27

      choke,choke,choke...Plumtrees last quote,hahahahaaa

      nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-08-07 04:13

      @blou.johnny i hope Alister Coetzee stays in charge of WP/Stormres forever, then I know they will always choke and never win anything :)

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-07 06:20

      No Franky, to travel over a million time zones and lose isn't choking. To lose at home, against a team who has crossed a million time zones, is. Bye bye Stormers. Again.

  • ivan.devries.7 - 2012-08-07 01:15

    i stoped supporting the WP years ago thy have an ather agenda buy all the SMALL players.Glad Rassie left them,Vrystaat

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-07 06:43

      You saw the light. Good on you.

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-08-07 04:59

    The heading should be Allister in Wonder Land

  • bootman.bokke - 2012-08-07 08:40

    S15 heartache over?????? Well isnt that just sweet. You dissapoint the fans and then you just move on.... Well you Allister. Anybody with half a brain could see that the Stormers had the worst halfback pairing in SA. When Grant buckled under pressure in the the semi, you couldnt play Burton Francis because you didnt give him any gametime in the regular season moron. You and your coaching staff failed us and now you just move on. Duvenhage is the most one dimensional scrummy in the country and will be first choice in the CC. Open your eyes Allister or you can expect much of the same.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-08-07 09:09

      Raven if you had read any of my posts about Grant this year or last, you would know that I dont rate him at all. I would love to see him at 10 for the Boks though...............what a hiding they would get.

      harold.lloyd.520 - 2012-08-07 09:25

      A Stormers supporter talking sense about their superstar flyhalf. Refreshing.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-08-07 09:36

      Raven I dont care either way who is selected. I turned on the Boks because of their supporters. Tell me.............would you support the Boks if they had 15 players of colour in the starting line-up.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-08-07 13:15

      Raven thats exactly what I expected you to say and that is exactly why I dont support the Boks. That is the same answer you will get from any white person if asked that same question. "Yes, IF THE BEST PLAYERS ARE CHOSEN".............but you will support a white player who is nowhere near the best player. Why does a player of colour have to be the very best before he is granted a chance? Morne Steyn, Pierre Spies, Jean de Villiers are not the best in there positions but they are given chance after chance to prove themselves. The day players of colour get that sort of oportunities, I will support the boks.

      nissen.eugene - 2012-08-08 11:11

      I agree wit u duvenage has been a disaster from the beginning I remember him kicking the ball away against the bulls in that fatal cc semi a few years ago

  • rennievanas - 2012-08-07 19:27

    Dit was vinnig! Na 20jaar van n geharde fan wees,sal ek julle nou in stilte support tot dat julle iets wen. Ek sal nie n sent spandeer op n kaartjie,trui of selfs n coaster tot daai dag nie.

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