Coetzee: 'Laaities' showed guts

2012-09-10 09:20

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has lauded his young side after they overturned a half-time deficit to beat the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

WP - who still have several players eligible for Under-21 rugby - trailed 19-13 at the break but came back to win 29-22.

"It was a pleasing result. It was a tense match, but for these 'laaities' to come here and win in Bloemfontein... I thought they showed plenty of guts in a very tough match,” Coetzee said.
"It was especially pleasing how we fought back in the second half. We had to be physical but, at the same time, we had to be smart.
"Like I said during the week, it was never going to be a case of just pitching up and winning (in Bloemfontein), but the guys coped well under pressure and showed a great attitude."

WP had one minor casualty from the Cheetahs game, with flank Rynhardt Elstadt (flank) sustaining a few bumps and bruises. He will be given time to recover and will be assessed again during the week.

In other injury news, fullback Joe Pietersen (wrist) and flank Tyrone Holmes (shoulder) are up for selection this week, while wing Ederies Arendse (shoulder) is still unavailable.

The Capetonians now top the Currie Cup log, but Coetzee warned that there’s no time to rest on their laurels.

"I've said it before; it's been a funny old season of Currie Cup rugby. Before the Blue Bulls match we were fifth... now we're first. It proves that we need to stay humble and keep working on our game. We set the standard against the Bulls and we really want to stick to that."

They travel to Durban this week to take on the Sharks at Kings Park on Saturday. (19:10 kick-off)


  • Stormkaap - 2012-09-10 09:48

    I think Joe Pietersen can take more time off.. The backline looked good and should not be tampered with De Allende looked sharp an IMO is better than Arendse. The front row row needs some work.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-09-10 10:18

      If Demitri are injured, Kurt Coleman will come on and he is not a bad goal kicker.

      sedick.gydien - 2012-09-10 12:44

      Just drop that useless, lazy ex-bull wing - vd Heever. Watch how little he contributes in general play. He chases the kickoffs as if he wishes that he will get there too late, he misses tackles, loses the ball on contact, gets tackled into touch too often for a prof wing, kicks directly into touch from outside WP 22. He is the AJ Venter of the current team....there are lot's of better wings in WP. ANd to think that they let Sadie, Whitehead, and Engelbrecht go, and kept him....

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-10 09:54

    Agree...! ..Lost of guts...! ...but still no cups... ...maybe next year..?

      chris.groenewald.56 - 2012-09-10 10:04

      Haha ou suur Jonnie.....wonder of die Bulle die jaar die semis gaan haal? Gehoor hulle gaan nou Moftus plat stoot om plek te maak vir RDP huise om sodoende die grond beter te benut.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-10 10:07

      Chris, die Bulls moet eers hulle promosie/relegasie game wen.

      bootman.bokke - 2012-09-10 10:22

      Isnt it ironic that if the Bulls end last and lose their relegation match, then we will have a super rugby franchise that plays in the first division of the Currie Cup. What will the anti-kings brigade say then?

  • PatPion - 2012-09-10 11:00

    Is anyone else as impressed with the way Brache is playing? What a talent!

      sedick.gydien - 2012-09-10 12:48

      Yep, a pity that he will be put out to pasture when over the "hill, over-rated, can't-tackle" De Villiers returns for his retirement with Stormers/WP

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-10 11:43

    Ou storie van wynsuipers, wen alles tot in kwarteind, dan huil al die ondersteuners en gee die ref die skuld. Niks sal verander met die chockers nie. 11 jaar niks. Nou het die kinders ook nie boekke nie dan kon iemand hulle die Bekers gewys het.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-10 12:47

      LOL, nog 'n suurgat Bul ondersteuner. Eish, dit moet deesdae MOEILIK wees in Pretoria...

  • claude.koekemoer.58 - 2012-09-10 13:03

    @ Andre terblanche Daar is op die oomblik geen bekers in die Bulle se troefee kas nie, maar wel 2 in die van die WP, so as ek so onkundig en on ingelig was soos jy sal ek eerder nie hier kommentaar lewer nie.

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