Coach backs WP's new pivot

2011-07-22 07:30

Stephen Nell

Cape Town - He was the man of the match in this year's Varsity Cup final after a flawless kicking performance - and has been coached by both the former All Black flyhalf Andrew Mehrtens and well-known visual skills coach Sherylle Calder.

Perhaps then there is no need to worry about how rookie Western Province flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis will fare in Friday night's Currie Cup match against the Leopards in Potchefstroom.

"Demetri will make it at Currie Cup level. He's good enough. Dewaldt Duvenage is also there this week to help him," said Catrakilis's coach at UCT, Kevin Foote.

"His accurate boot played a big role in securing our victory in the Varsity Cup final."

Catrakilis attended French club side Racing Metro's Academy in 2009 and worked on his kicking under Mehrtens.

He also worked on his visual skills and kicking technique under Calder at the University of Cape Town.

Provided Catrakilis's nerve holds, WP should have an accurate goalkicker to help secure the points on Friday night.

However, kicking is certainly not the 22-year-old's only strength.

"Demetri is a lot like Dan Carter with his off-loading. You never see him get tackled. His favourite part of the game is defence. He is a balanced flyhalf," said Foote.

"I know he's quite nervous because he's eager to establish himself in the WP team."

Both Catrakilis and replacement flyhalf Isma-eel Dollie will have to make the most of their opportunities because Kurt Coleman should be fit in the next two weeks.

Their ability to do that will depend on the ability of the WP pack to stand up against a unit that has made no secret of the fact that they will be targeting the Cape side up front.

It's difficult to ascertain how good the Leopards really are because a lot has changed since the teams last met in Potchefstroom.

Only four of the 22 Leopards that lost 23-42 to WP at Olen Park last year are in the squad for Friday night's match.


Leopards: 15. George Tossel, 14. Danie Dames, 13. Joubert Engelbrecht, 12. Charl Weideman, 11. Vainon Willis, 10. Clayton Durand (captain), 9. Whestley Moolman, 8. Morne Hanekom, 7. Luvuyiso Lusaseni, 6. Philip de Wet, 5. Roan van Heerden, 4. Brendon Snyman, 3. Stephan Bezuidenhout, 2. Gavin Williamson, 1. BG Uys

Substitutes: 16. Chrisstoffel Johannes Duvenage, 17. Bêrend Botha, 18. Thabo Mamojele, 19. Christo van Niekerk, 20. Theo van Wyk, 21. Walter Venter, 22. Hoffman Maritz

Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rohan Kitshoff, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain) and 1 Wicus Blaauw

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Adriaan Fondse, 19 Nicholas Fenton-Wells, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Isma-eel Dollie and 22 Marcel Brache


  • Chillipop - 2011-07-22 07:50

    Good luck Demetri...knock 'em dead lad! We will be holding thumbs for you!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-22 08:17

      I really think he's going to become one of the ALL TIME GREAT SONS of NEWLANDS. Just give hime time and space. Weekend Predictions WP by 15++ Sharks by 10+ Griquas by 10- Daar's net een KWAS, dit is Griekwas Cheetahs by 20 - HAAK Vrystaat, die Bulle is ......... WP jou LEKKA DENG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-07-22 08:18

      morning chillers- you must look out for anneleen, shes the biggest sharks supporter ever

      Chillipop - 2011-07-22 08:23

      @WPBliksem - the one thing that so many people seem to forget is the fact that these players are so young and sometimes pressure can overwhelm you...but yes, followed him quite a bit at Varsity level, and given enough experience and his own room to grow he should be one of Newlands' finest... @JK - I love Sharks supporters and WP supporters...and even the Cheetahs supporters - they all seem to have one thing in common - They dont have much time for the Bulls...LOL...But seriously, there is ALWAYS room for more Sharks supporters at any given discussion!

      jk - 2011-07-22 08:45

      kyk dan nou weer die bulle se opmerkings.. tipies...

      Chillipop - 2011-07-22 08:54

      @JK - some things arent even worth commenting on or mentioning...once AGAIN, my point is proven! (Holding head in hands... *Sigh*)

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-22 09:21

      @Blou Bos- Take it easy BOETMAN. Ek maak net 'n voorspelling, waarom beledig jy my?

      CliffB - 2011-07-22 10:38

      BlouBos: Please explain to me how he is being vulgar , you seem to be stupid !!!

      Oukoos - 2011-07-22 13:46

      BLOUBOS, wat's jou probleem met WPBLIKSEM? Ek is seker hy wou sê: Cheetahs by 20 - HAAK Vrystaat, die Bulle is ........."te oulik en dierbaar vir woorde, te pragtig om (al weer) op hul moer te kry" of iets in dier voege.

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-22 07:55

    "You never see him get tackled." Ok, so hy is ñ speler in Naas Botha se kaliber.

      Bricktop - 2011-07-22 07:57

      Behalwe toe Morne dup vir Naas getackle het. Dis van daar af wat Naas besluit het hy hardloop nie meer met ñ bal nie.

      jk - 2011-07-22 09:49

      praat jy, was a classic

  • Maverick - 2011-07-22 08:01

    7 UCT players in the 22. Great stuff chaps! Good luck!

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-22 08:20

      Indeed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Go Province Go!!!!!! Go Cheetahs Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-07-22 08:21

      good on them, as a maties supporter, it is funny, when ypu win then you get pulled up by the union, they on a good run

      BlouBos - 2011-07-22 09:30

      Eastern Province I presume. Go Eastern Provinccccce!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jk - 2011-07-22 08:17

    we have to back him, there is no one else left!!

      Bricktop - 2011-07-22 08:20

      Howzit jk, I have read your posts and must say that you are one of the few people on here that knows rugby.

      docraven - 2011-07-22 08:21

      I know you right.Our Fly-halves seem to be falling fast.

      BlouBos - 2011-07-22 08:28

      You dam right, since the Crusader humiliation everybody left the Cape and Pretoria cant’ handle the flow of Cape refugees.

      docraven - 2011-07-22 08:41

      Bloubos.You so right.They all leaving the most beautiful place in the world to join a team that came 7th in the S15.Makes so much sense now.Thanks Bloubos.LOL

      Bricktop - 2011-07-22 08:45

      BlouBos. WIl jy nie asb al die Pta refugees uit die Kaap kom haal nie. Hulle gaan tree daar af en dan moun hulle van die oggend tot die aand oor alles in die Kaap, van die weer af tot by die feit dat niemand met hulle vriende wil wees nie.

      jk - 2011-07-22 08:49

      thanks bricktop, i try my best to stick to rugby topics, but its difficult with some folks around.... on tonights game- its gonna be tough for the 1st 30min, but we are WP, and need to get 5 points. i will be scouting for talent at the maties sk walmers game in s/bosch on saturday

      BokBru - 2011-07-22 08:50

      @Bricktop. Not only does he know his rugby by he also doesn't get involved in the petty mudslinging contests so many others seem to enjoy. A real pleasure to have him here. At last someone you can talk to about rugby. Enjoy the game tonight.

      Robschele - 2011-07-22 08:58

      No Bloubos. The overpopulation of Pretoria is caused by all the BB fans that came down to earth. - 2011-07-22 09:11

      Bloubos: That "Crusader humiliation" you allude to! Is that the game where The Bulls played the Crusaders and scored: Nil, Nothing, 0, nowt, nix, boggerall, phocall, zero, zip, zulch, zippo.........

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-22 09:18

      There is always Earl Rose on loan

      jk - 2011-07-22 09:20

      bokbru, bricktop, chillipop, wpbliksem & louis- watch out this weekend for our u/21 locks, great talent, my only fear is that they not gonna stick around and have no patience to become wp ledgends..

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-22 09:30

      jk.ledgents?? ok if you say so,

      BlouBos - 2011-07-22 09:41

      Ja jk, docraven, Bricktop - we may have ended 7 th, but you ended up 2 nd and nothing to show for it .....still no Cup. As my friend Bulldozer will say: 10 years and no Cup. Nice day for you BokBru!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-22 09:53

      @bloubos,crusaders were second,they came third

      Bricktop - 2011-07-22 10:35

      Blou os (want hulle is afgesny) en Agent. Hoe laat lui die skoolklok da by julle? Moet julle nie al in die klas wees nie? @Jk, sal uitkyk vir die twee slotte. Daar is baie talent, lyk net ons het nie ñ talent scout by die wp nie.

      watalife - 2011-07-22 10:41

      @BlouTos...Still suffering from the defeat against the Mighty Stormers? The only reason you have a head is to keep your ears apart...

      BokBru - 2011-07-22 12:27

      Thanks BlouBos. Nice day to you too.

      Louis - 2011-07-22 13:56

      ek back ve jk daar ...Bloubos jy praat bheeltemal teveel kak... gaan werk eder

      BlouBos - 2011-07-22 16:59

      Sjoe - Julle WP/Stormers ondersteuners hy my nou al behoorlik gekruisig en name genoem. Dit lyk of ek aan julle nerves gevat en dit is 'n baie sensitiewe sakie vir julle. Die feit is, die Bulle het wel 7de geëindig, maar ons vat ons pak en ons beweeg aan. Ons leef nie in die verlede nie, maar julle Wee Pee ouens verkeer nog in ‘n staat van denial. Beweeg aan of gaan huis toe. Nog ‘n feit – 10 jaar geen Cup Blou Bulle Booooooooooooo...........

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  • BokBru - 2011-07-22 08:54

    Great player. My son, at Stellenbosch, has been talking about him for quite some time now. Long before I've ever heard of him. Good to see the youngsters getting an opportunity. I'm sure he won't let us down.

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-22 08:58

    Wp sal elke game 110% moet gee hierdie jaar as hulle erens wil kom. Dit is ñ jong span met baie potensiaal. Die vraag net is of Robbie Fleck en Alistair hierdie potensiaal kan ontgin. Daar is nie hierdie jaar ñ maklike game vir ons nie. Demitri het baie goed gelyk in die Varsity Cup en ons het vir ñ slag ñ losskakel nodig soos in Braam van Straaten se kaliber.

      jk - 2011-07-22 09:22

      agree, en pumas & griekwas & luiperde speel partykeer negatiewe diruptive rugby as dinge vir hulle taai begin raak

      BokBru - 2011-07-22 09:23

      Ja dis waar. Maar laat ek jou se nog baie spanne gaan vasval teen griekwas die jaar en dan as jy terug kyk sal ons wedstyd van verlede naweek nie so sleg lyk nie. Ons het beter gespeel as wat baie wil toegee. Die span kan goed doen die jaar.

      jk - 2011-07-22 09:37

      bokbru- griekwas is goed, bottom line, veral in die groot gat. ons het onder omstandighede bleddie goed gedoen!!!, potch die naweek, en dan k-k die bulle!!!!!! proooooooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BlouBos - 2011-07-22 09:45

      @Brictop - ek kan jou een ding waarborg. As Robbie Fleck en Alistair nie hierdie potensiaal kan ontgin nie, stuur hulle Noord - die Bulle maak almal Bokke. Baas Rassie kan dan later weer Bokke terug koop.

      Bricktop - 2011-07-22 10:38

      @Blousbos, Jul skoppers word opgelei deur Vlok Cilliers (WP) en jul agterlyn deur Slapchips (WP) sê maar net as julle nog hulp nodig het.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-22 09:11

    Demitri wie?

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-22 09:29

      Catrakilis..................IDIOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't you read his name is mentioned in the article- FOOL!!!

      René Müller - 2011-07-22 09:30

      Agent, your friendly greengrocer!!

      BLOODY AGENT - 2011-07-22 09:31

      Ek dag julle het Robbie Blair nader getrek

      jk - 2011-07-22 09:39

      wpbliksem- moet jou nie so opwerk oor agent se retard gewoontes nie, not worth it..

      BlouBos - 2011-07-22 09:47

      Klink soos 'n Griekse boertjie.

      jk - 2011-07-22 10:15

      you comments got nothing to do with rugby agent...

      watalife - 2011-07-22 10:44

      @Rene, The friendly greengrocer that you would smaak to play with ne ou tannie.....

  • Bricktop - 2011-07-22 10:44

    Luiperds het ñ goeie flank wat nou beseer is, Renaldo Botma, sou hom graag vanaand in aksie wou sien. Die outjie het hope talent en ñ blink toekoms. Hoop net hy word raakgesien.

      jk - 2011-07-22 10:52

      ok, nog nie van hom gehoor nie, het hy lengte en gewig?, as ons mooi daaroor dink is loosies die minste van ons probleme(as mens dit probleme kan noem), ek mis vir pieter louw, n ware wp man en n taai kalant.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-22 11:46

      Almal het lengte en gewig, idioot.

      jk - 2011-07-22 11:57

      dozer- as jy naastenby iets van van rugby af geweet het sou jy weet waarvan die manne praat, so gaan maak koffie vir jou baas, sodat ons kan rugby praat hier. o ja- n mens kan nie jou 1.65m lengteb noem nie ne...

      BokBru - 2011-07-22 12:32

      Sal hom bietjie dophou die seisoen. As hy goed is behoort hy volgende jaar by die Bulls te wees. Dis tog maar waarvoor die Pumas en Luiperds daar is nie waar nie. As hy nie so goed is nie sal die Lions hom gryp.

      jk - 2011-07-22 13:33

      jip bokbru- dis ma waarvoor hul da is. kyk dan weer hoe maak dozer sy naam tottie hier bo... what a joke!!!

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