Duvenage out for the season

2012-09-02 22:23

Cape Town - Western Province scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage has been ruled out for the season after breaking his leg in their win over the Blue Bulls.

Duvenage was carried off on Saturday night after he was heavily tackled and it was confirmed on Sunday that he broke the fibula in his right leg.

"Season-ending injuries are always tough to deal with - like Siya (Kolisi) last week and now Dewaldt. It's very unfortunate for Dewaldt and I feel for him, but we're lucky that we've got three quality scrumhalves here in Dewaldt, Louis Schreuder and Nic Groom. Our rotational policy (at scrumhalf) this season has put us in good stead," said coach Allister Coetzee.

Coetzee will be pleased with the way Duvenage's replacement on the night, Nic Groom, stepped up. Groom scored a try and showed he has a bit more in his arsenal on the attacking front.

Then there's also Schreuder, who had a decent game against the Lions the previous week and will be a more than capable replacement.

WP won the game in convincing fashion over their arch-rivals - the 42-6 scoreline surprising many a rugby pundit but Coetzee said they just stuck to their own game plan.

"Win or lose we always had a plan and we will always stick to that plan. Against the Bulls the guys executed the plan well and took their opportunities," he said.

"I'm really proud of the players. This is a quality Bulls side - the guys applied themselves well, so I'm happy."

The win saw WP move into second position on the overall Currie Cup log after going into the weekend's play in fifth spot.

The Capetonians had one other injury casualty in the game. Wing Ederies Arendse bruised his shoulder and will be out of action for about 10 days.

They take on the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein this coming weekend.

"Next week will be tough against the Cheetahs, but, for now, we're happy that we improved the things we worked on during the week - the breakdown, our penalty count and taking opportunities," said Coetzee.

"Last week against the Lions we had opportunities but just didn't take them, like we did against the Sharks in the first week. So we're aware that things swing in a round-about.

"The key, however, is to remain consistent and to try and match that intensity from the Bulls game in weeks to come."


  • raymond.dick.12 - 2012-09-02 22:47

    Tough one boet. Mend well!

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 22:56

      Yooohoooo! Love it when province players are injured!!! - 2012-09-02 23:07

      @macziekpk..gelukkig gaan geen normale mens jou ernstig opneem nie. Die forum het nou beslis nie sulke mense soos jy hier nodig nie. Gaan sien n berader sodat jou lewe weer rigting kan kry asb.

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-02 23:12 Currie cups... ..11 years... Super cups.... ...17 years... ..and counting...

      macziekpk - 2012-09-02 23:13

      And when Spies gets injured it's ok to rejoice? :( - 2012-09-02 23:24

      macziekpk, ja daar is sekerlik mense wat ook gejuig het oor Spies se besering. Maar ken jy vir Duvenhage persoonlik dat jy so bly is, of die wat bly is oor Spies ook. Eks ook n Bul fan, maar is dit nie lekkerder om op n gesonde basis met mekaar te kommunikeer oor berigte nie? Almal is geregtig op hul eie menings, maar ek dink wanneer iemand se hy is bly oor n ander persoon/speler se besering is daar fout iewers..

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:20

      @maaksiek. And I love it even more that their replacements play the pink pansies into the ground. ****42-6****

      deon.meyer.752 - 2012-09-03 08:29

      Very tough going but it has opened the door for Groom who I think had a great game (except the knock on from the quick penalty). blou.johnny do you just comment on sport24 to see how many thumbs down you can get? (the only thumbs up you get is yours probably anyway LOL) Must be lonely living in the past all the time.

      TravieGrif - 2012-09-03 10:03

      Unlucky for Duvenage. It is never cool to see guys getting injured, especially like that. I think we can expect to see more and more like this, because of the length of the season and the challenge that coaches have managing players.

  • Bam - 2012-09-02 23:04

    what next?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-02 23:18


      Mandy Casey - 2012-09-02 23:57

      Bulls choked and then suffocated - 6

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-09-03 04:03

      Mandy, want to play doctor doctor?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:22

      @Mandy Casey. 6 is somewhat of a soccer score.... Against a cricket score from the WP. I think that is being suffocated WHILE being ripped apart.

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-03 10:01

      I see people can only still copy and paste.. Oh it was a good victory who 'flecked the moftus nulle like pap snoek with vrot keite'

  • michael.verreynne - 2012-09-02 23:28

    This isn't so bad news for WP. They have Groom who performed excellent against the Bulls. Hope Duvenage recovers well. See you next year, Duvenage!

  • johan.spies.18 - 2012-09-03 04:02

    That's bad for the Bulls

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-03 04:19

      What is worse for the Bulls is that Two-step Hougaard should at some point return to the Bulls.

  • claude.felbert - 2012-09-03 05:40

    It is interesting to try and count the number of injuries this season to all SA Teams especially the more serious ones. I tried but can't remember all of them. Perhaps somebody can post a list. It seems to me that Stormers/WP then the Sharks have had the worst of it but I may be wrong. In any event there seems to be far more injuries this year than I remember from previous years. Perhaps it is because there is less recovery time between matches and as a result of the so called professional era people are playing more with niggles?

  • jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-03 06:45

    blessing in disguise? Not nice to see a player injured (besides Spies) but Nick Groom is a better scrumhalf.

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-09-03 07:37

      vallemj,you speak with forked tongue.

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-03 07:51

      theunis, I speak with a honest tongue.

      Stormkaap - 2012-09-03 10:04

      Maestro, he has never been great(Duvies). Nothing more than a journeyman. While a broken leg is not exactly great , this affords Groom and Schreuder more gametime. Funny also that when Paige came on for the Bulls he looked far sharper than the oke he replaced.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-03 14:14

      hey stormk . new broom sweep the best in this case its new groom swept the best. as for dd he was a good player but time and routine has made his play dull and slow. his first seasons he was nippy and not predictable but now its same old same old. he would best serve when we need to defend and not give points away in dying minutes. he a reliable workhorse and you know what you will get out of him. but 2013 super cup rugby we need that unknown factor which groom seems to have ,

  • my10cent - 2012-09-03 07:32

    How do you break a leg when you spend most of your days bulking up in the gym? I thought these guys were so tough.

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-09-03 08:49

      O my word you're an idiot. If you gym, you're not necessarily Superman hey, besides, if you ever do go to the gym, take a look around, there are many guys that work out with a broken ankle etc.

  • wayne.jacobs.374 - 2012-09-03 09:37


      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-03 14:06

      not to mention du Plesi he also been a real live wire. AC should consider the performance the new guys over the older experienced players.

  • jacques.nortier1 - 2012-09-03 11:25

    So sad too see people finding it funny when players gets injured, hope they do not get into car accidents or getting raped or assaulted in RSA. Does not matter who the player plays for if he is injured for a long time he loose money you idiot(macziekpk )

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-04 10:43

    Ag al die WP manne is eintlik ook bly!!! Die ou sukkel deesdae baie

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