Double blow for Province

2011-09-06 07:39

Cape Town - Western Province received more bad news on the injury front as they prepare for their Currie Cup clash against the Leopards at Newlands on Saturday.

WP coach Allister Coetzee told Die Burger newspaper that eightman Duane Vermeulen probably won't play rugby again this year, while flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis will not be considered for the clash against the Leopards.

Vermeulen's knee is not healing as effectively as what the WP management initially hoped it would, while Catrakilis sustained a slight tear to his right bicep in the game against Griquas on Saturday.

"I'm afraid bad news from the Doctor has put a slight damper on the joy of Saturday's victory over Griquas," said Coetzee.

"The specialist is not at all happy with Duane's knee. The biggest problem is the bruising of the bone that occurred deeper within the knee. For the foreseeable future, all permitted exercise is walking."

The coach is also saddened by the injury to his flyhalf, Catrakilis. Province have had a crisis with injuries at No 10 this year and the Ikey pivot is the No 5 choice in that position. However, he has grabbed his opportunity with both hands this season, even winning the Absa Currie Cup Player-of-the-Month accolade for August.

"It's a huge pity that it had to happen now, Demetri kicked poorly over the weekend, but has shown a willingness to risk more in a sensible manner - not just through sheer opportunism.

"We expect a flyhalf to give direction to the backline, to get us into the right areas on the field and he attacked the line a couple of times on Saturday. And now this," said a dejected Coetzee.

Isma-eel Dollie or Lionel Cronjé will now slot in at No 10 on Saturday.

Dollie has trained with the team for the whole season, while Cronjé had his first field season last week after recovering from a knee injury.


  • Danie - 2011-09-06 07:57

    You still make me proud, playing curry cup and beting teams with your almost u/23 side..Go province

      Dwerg - 2011-09-06 13:01

      The management need to reassess their conditioning or workload. They've had 7 fly-halves injured, at least 4 loose forwards, Andries Bekker - who was supposed to go to RWC and both their hookers have had forced rests. Something is wrong with their training

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 07:59

    I am not sure whether I should cry, weep or wail? Multiple choice...all of the above me thinks. Dear Alistair: may this be a lesson.....Sir Duane and Bekker were overplayed during the S15 - end of. Many said it, you chaps didn't seem to be too concerned. The proof is in the f@rking pudding coach...... serious injuries cost both of these chaps World Cup spots, and long layoffs. Let us hope ROTATION becomes the NORM and not the EXCEPTION next year. Pfffffffffffft.

      jk - 2011-09-06 08:09

      saffa- i cried, still crying... what next!!!

      jk - 2011-09-06 08:20

      saffa- if you were as desperate as rassie to win the s/15 thats needed for his ego and rugby career and our union then to replace someone with what duane brings to the party is very very difficult, in this case, impossible, cause we got no other one who is duane... koster is good, but hes not duane... so, yes, we got depth, but not to replace duane in a semi against the crusaders...

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 08:31

      @jk - I know for a fact that Duane himself does not enjoy being 'rested' and 'rotated', BUT: with the type of game he plays - physical physical physical, it is essential that he enjoys recovery time every now and again. A player like Spies for example, doesn't need the same recovery time and rotation as what Duane does - sad facts. That said, with our junior loosies performing rather well, I think we might just survive the next S15 season....

      jk - 2011-09-06 08:36

      saffa- agree- although i have ti differ, our junior loosies doing bloodie well at the moment, but think what i say... nazeem carr, nick fenton, daniller, wimpie etc... is not gonna and i dont know if they will give the likes of kieren reed and co a run for their money in a play off... and there is no resting game in the super competition... enough said about this now. do i see everyone at rugby park on the weekend??

  • Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 08:02

    I'm truly sorry that Duane will be out for the rest of the season and I wish him a speedy recovery. I just don't know what the fuss about him is. Way overrated.

      jk - 2011-09-06 08:16

      dozer- the guy is a mashine... if someone else in any other union is good or plays well, i will after all the banter be the first to admit that his class, cause a rugby perspective takes over dozer!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 08:23

      Lloyd......I challenge you to watch a S15 game next year and focus ONLY on Duane, his work rate, his reading of the game (an integral part of an 8th man's duties), his ball carrying, his positioning in defence, his ACTUAL

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-09-06 08:26

      oops, posted before finished.... his ACTUAL defence - crunch, kapow, bang.... Focus on that, and I reckon you might change your mind a little? I'm not sure what type of No 8 you prefer - but for me, there is only one type - the grafter.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 08:36

      SAFFA, I will rather watch last night's spaghetti warm up in the microwave than look at Duane for 80 minutes. I rate Johnson, Spies & Alberts higher.

      jk - 2011-09-06 08:38

      saffa- dozer knows the guy is the 2nd best no 8 in the world, hes just being hard arse.. and pulling your scrotum hair...

      BRAKKENJAN STORMER - 2011-09-06 08:43

      are u a bloubal supporter?

      jk - 2011-09-06 08:48

      dozer is...cant you tell??

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 09:31

      Brakkenjan, how did you guess? It can't be my name.

      Kaapie - 2011-09-06 10:13

      Cant be as overated as Spies and WO.

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 10:32

      Or Jean de Villiers.

  • Herman Nel - 2011-09-06 08:44

    It's a shame Duane really is a massive talent and even a loss to the Springboks

  • Brandon96end - 2011-09-06 08:49

    Well if it had to happen its a good thing it happened against the Leopards.

      BlueRaven - 2011-09-06 09:53

      True, should still be an easy win for WP, with or without these guys.

  • Coenza - 2011-09-06 10:04

    Go Province!!

  • Kaapie - 2011-09-06 10:18

    The WP is a 'should win' game with a bonus point.

      jk - 2011-09-06 11:29

      we should build up our points difference

      Bulldozer - 2011-09-06 11:33

      Jk, you should get a personality.

      jk - 2011-09-06 11:48

      got one thanks...without my bubbly self, this site would be nothing...OK!!!!

  • Maverick - 2011-09-06 12:24

    Lucky for you guys you play Leopards this weekend. If you had to have these injuries before a game, be glad it's this one...

      jk - 2011-09-06 13:53

      we can handle everything after all the injuries in 2011...

  • Shark-Chic - 2011-09-06 15:28

    Oh no. I really like Catrakilis. He is an awesome player. Hope he recovers soon.

      FRANCOIS27 - 2011-09-07 12:32

      i also hope he recovers soon! brilliant player and was gelling to well with the team

  • Prowler - 2011-09-07 03:36

    So what's the bad news?

      Prowler - 2011-09-07 07:21

      Die bad news, suurstofdief, is dat ons nie jou "oorspronklike wyshede" gaan hoor vir omtrent 4 dae na die Flou Nulle weer verloor het hierdie Saterdag nie.

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