Coetzee: No excuses for WP

2011-07-25 20:37

Cape Town - Western Province's efforts to build momentum after recording their first Currie Cup win of the season against the Leopards over the weekend will be severely tested when they come up against the Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.

Springbok call-ups and a spate of injuries have left WP with an untried line-up which hardly looks like a side that has the capacity to be considered serious Currie Cup championship contenders.

But WP coach Allister Coetzee there's no room for excuses and he has to deliver winning results with the talents he has to work with.

"There is a perception that this team will not be as good as the (Stormers) team that finished the Super Rugby season so well but this (untried players talent) is what I have and this is what I must make do with," said Coetzee.

"We are looking to improve with every game after our first game (against Griquas) was an exercise in stock-taking.

"We can build momentum by taking our opportunities and cutting out errors.
"Against the Leopards there were definite signs of improvement because after all you don't just turn up at a place like Potch (Potchefstroom) and expect to win."

Coetzee said this week they are up against the Bulls who have a way of imposing themselves on the opposition. "The Bulls are in the rebuilding stage and they showed a lot of character against the Cheetahs at Loftus," said Coetzee.

"After losing in the first week (against the Sharks) they did well to come back in the way they did. They played efficiently and changed their play when it was necessary.

"The North/South element will come into play and one expects the match to be similar to a Super Rugby clash.

"The Bulls have an effective gameplan and we need to handle their kicking strategy. We need to be able to control the high balls that they'll be kicking.

"And then we need to be in control of our set-pieces. It will be matter that will be non-negotiable.

"The players themselves will want to keep the (winning) momentum going and playing against a side growing in confidence will not make it easier."

It's very likely that Coetzee will field an unchanged combination this week and that means that the young Ikey flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis will retain the No 10 jumper.

"We want to play with the best available team because the players must grow as a team," said Coetzee.


  • - 2011-07-25 21:33

    @ Coetzee, There are four areas that need improvement 1. Stop saying you are playing with a young team. 2. Learn the players how to pass and catch a ball before you move to the next phase.3. Sort out your line out and scrum. 4. Learn your players NOT TO F....KICK THE BALL WHEN ON THE ATTACK IN THE OPPONENTS HALF!!!!! Shall we start again....passing and catching skills, sort the line out and scrum, no kicking in the opponents half...........Catch the ball, pass the ball, scrum, lineout, no kicking ....catch the ball pass the ball.......Please Coetzee just concentrate on this basics and we will support you all the way to the next phase. The ideal is to pass the ball without being tackeled to ensure you are on your feet to receive tha ball again from the player you passed it to.....dont become a meisiekind one is enough. Coetzee if you dont listern I predict 2 tries from intersepts.

      Jason de Villiers - 2011-07-25 23:53

      Well,I am sure Coetzee would be able to ''teach'' his players the basics,but definetly not ''learn'' them!Give him some credit,look what he has done with Province since becoming the head! - 2011-07-26 07:56

      @ Bulldozer, Dankie maat. Party van ons se rugbykennis is beter as ons tweede taal. @Jason, Natuurlik sal ek hom krediet gee, maar sjoe mat al die talent in die Kaap en die wat reeds weg is en met dit wat ons gekoop het behoort daar immers heelwat beter resultate te gewees het of hoe? Met n Springbok agterlyn kan ons nie driee druk nie? Moet nie vir my se ons kry nie genoeg balbesit nie, want dit is nie waar nie. Hoekom gaan klop hy nie by Dawie Snyman aan en vra hom om bietjie te kom help met die agterlyn nie?

      Bigboet - 2011-07-26 08:23

      You don't teach the basics to a WP squad, you are suppose to know it and its suppose to be a second nature already. People keep going on about the basics, look where the boks are now coz they playing basic schoolboy rugby. The only thing a coach need to teach a WP team is to have dimension & creativity and how to perfect it with practice.

  • BardofAvon - 2011-07-25 22:17

    What a great message to send out to his men... 'This is what I have and this is what I must make do with," (said Coetzee). Can't imagine a Bulls coach ever saying something so idiotic.

      Howzitekse - 2011-07-25 22:32

      I can.

  • Kleinboet - 2011-07-26 03:00

    Well. it is always good tactics to praise the opposition and play down your own men in the media. The opposition might just fall for it and your players will know exactly what you are doing, so they will not mind at all. We do have a very young team, but fortunately it is also a very talented team. No doubt they will grow in stature the more they play together, so it is also good tactics to keep them together for a number of games even if and when other players come back from injuries. Play the returned player from the bench until he is match fit. Doing this will in itself address the lack of cohesion there might be in the line outs and scrums. I believe the scrums and line outs will be largely improved by now. I am, however, also worried about the tendency to kick good ball away. If we can keep the ball and find the gaps (instead of running into the opponents) we will have reason to celebrate comes Saturday evening.

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-26 06:06

    No excuses, WP by 15+

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 09:02

      conservative score that! What happened to 20+??? Starting to doubt your team? ;-p

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-07-26 09:06

      No, just SHOWING respect to the Blue Bulls. They are a GOOD team!!!!

      jk - 2011-07-26 09:16

      i dont think the bulls is a good team wpbliksem, they had their orgasm against the fs, that was their final. still think they a bunch of clowns...!! prooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 09:30

      WPBLIKSEM this is still a very young team, but they show a lot of promise so don't count your chickens just yet. jk nobody cares what you think :) Looking forward to the game.

      jk - 2011-07-26 11:02

      raven & dozer- vaak ape- blou ape...

  • Ouballie - 2011-07-26 06:18

    Can somebody please tell me what happened to Peter Grant. Is he injured, has he retired, did he go back to Japan?

      EderickC - 2011-07-26 07:06

      Same as last year...he went to Japan but will be back again for the next SuperRugby Tournament in 2012.

      InsideGap - 2011-07-26 08:16

      @ Bulldozer just like you a below average excuse for a human with a below average IQ and in turn illustrates your below average rugby knowledge which in turn demonstrates that you are just another Blue Bull supporter that just can’t help commenting on WP articles because your team and let’s face it has nothing going on and will so for a long time shame. This is on the field and between the ears.

      donkerhond - 2011-07-26 08:27

      @Bulldozer he's actually playing his final season there now. Will be back for everything next year

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 09:05

      Inside gap... I doubt our team will take as long as yours before they start raking in the trophies again

      jk - 2011-07-26 09:16

      ouballie, where have you been, hes back in the land of happy endings...

  • TrueBlood - 2011-07-26 10:51

    Dear JK, do us all a huge favour, quickly go to a mirror, take your pants off, look in the mirror, and you will see the biggest clown ever!!!! Asshole!!

      jk - 2011-07-26 11:05

      trueblood- you just show your true colours by loosing the plot... you dozer & raven must share a granny flat, cause who on earth will want to spent time with you????

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 11:38

      jk we don't need to share a granny flat with anybody, we moved out of mommy's home long ago

      jk - 2011-07-26 12:05

      dis presies wat ek bedoel vaak aap- waar anders gaan julle bly dorris??

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 12:10

      Ps. Trueblood jy het vergeet jk sal eers n stoel moet kry om op te staan voor hy in die spieel kan kyk

  • TrueBlood - 2011-07-26 10:54

    Inside Gap, as if the WP supporters never commented on any articles about the Bulls before!! Really?

      BlueRaven - 2011-07-26 11:34

      Inside Gap forgot that they are playing the Blue Bulls Saturday so the article is relevant to us Blue Bulls supporters. Hopefully he/she will catch on..

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