Injuries add to WP's worries

2012-08-12 21:41

Cape Town - Western Province's opening match in the 2012 Currie Cup competition has cost them the services of two first-choice players who will not be available for next week's clash against Griquas in Kimberley.

Hard on their 25-23 loss to the Sharks at Newlands comes the news that flyhalf Burton Francis has injured his knee and is hardly mobile. The former Blue Bulls and Golden Lions pivot will see a specialist on Monday.

Gary van Aswegen who replaced him midway through the second half in the Sharks clash is the likely replacement.

Fullback Joe Pietersen picked up a wrist injury and will be on the sidelines for a week. He is also Province's first-choice place-kicker and Van Aswegen looks the best bet to fill that role.

Substitute prop Deon Carstens suffered a broken nose and will be out for at least two weeks. His loss will be offset by the return of Steven Kitshoff who has recovered from a knee injury.

Flank Rynhardt Elstadt has been battling with a groin injury and he is in the frame to return, depending on how he fares with fitness tests over the next few days.

Eighthman Duane Vermeulen has recovered from his long-term knee injury and has been in training with full contact last week. Province coach Allister Coetzee feels that he's ready to return to action and will start out in the run-on XV rather than join the fray as a substitute.

"Duane's a real possibility of being right for next week. We will know more this week," said Coetzee. "It's better to have Duane starting out rather than finding out that there's a problem after he's come on as a substitute.

He'll probably be good for 40 minutes because he'll need game time to restore his match fitness."


  • nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-12 21:46

    Excuses excuses. A handful of Springboks No depth No BMT No guts No skill No nothing This is going to be a beautiful season

      blou.johnny - 2012-08-12 21:51

      ...bad coaching... ..bad management... ...bad planning... ...11 years,... ...and counting... ..Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ...!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-12 21:59

      Big attitude Big arrogance Big bek Big chokers Big in Japan

      Press - 2012-08-13 02:23

      Two dwarfs off injured and one big one coming back - should be a net gain for province . . . . .

      steyts - 2012-08-13 07:25

      Nick, take it from a province supporter.... I AM GATVOL!!!!!!! I didn't even watch the game on Saturday... I thought it was a better idea to play in a golf tournament and don't care about the rugby... When I heard we lost I wasn't even surprised that we lost to a sharks team with 10 players gone to the springboks... However I don't think the problem lies with the coach, but with the management at the top... They have no business sense at all!!! Rassie left because of their amateur attitude toward running the union and their unwillingness to change their ways... Now Alistair sits with a massive heap of extra work and pressure that they dumped on him because they most probably want to put that extra money they save into their own pockets for "performance bonuses"... THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG CURRIE CUP!!!!!

      chester.tobias.3 - 2012-08-13 08:01

      @Steyts, You've hit it right on the nail!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 08:01

      Steyts, a WP supporter talking sense. Quite refreshing. Don't blame all of the problems on top management though. I think your biggest problem is the coach's attitude after every Super rugby game they played and won this year, with his repetitive speech of 'too hell with scoring tries, a win is a win'. No standards or trying to improve. Happy with mediocrity.

      melt.esterhuizen - 2012-08-13 08:19

      @Nick, Ek het net begin opgewonde raak, gedink dit is Coetzee wat beseer is en vir n paar weke nie kan afrig nie. Met die huidige tipe WP spel verloor hulle hul getrouste ondersteuners. Sal ons die dae van die Burger se sportopskrif vergeet? "As WP net 30% balbesit kan kry klop hulle vir N. Tvl." Ja dit was in die 80 's toe WP nog WP rugby gespeel het en......bekers gewen het!!!

      steyts - 2012-08-13 09:21

      @Spyker - Yes and then before the currie cup started he said there is not much wrong with the way we played because we won 14 out of 17 games!!! He must be joking!!! Everyone can see that there is a massive problem!! How can you not play AWESOME attacking rugby with the backline players that they have that made a name for themselves as EXCITING and dangerous players????? I am sick and tired of all the excuses!!! If we don't start playing more attacking rugby very soon then we will never win any important competition... The WP/Stormers side can go learn a few things from the vodacom cup side on how to win important matches!! If you can't attack, then forget about winning any silverware!

      steyts - 2012-08-13 09:27

      First step towards remedying the situation is sack the one tooth idiots at the top... Do what CSA did and get rid of the cancer that is destroying the union!!!! Then get qualified personnel in their places that knows something about business... I am sure that with a fanbase and client base including people like Johann Rupert and Kobus Basson (owner of de Zalze co.) there must be people somewhere that they can recommend to take over... Maybe then they will put the right structures in place for the union to be run in a professional manner... Look at what the bulls did quite a few yars back and look at what they achieved when they got rid of the useless dead wood in their structures!! I am sure that WP can do the same with the amount of talented rugby players from the Cape...

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 09:36

      Very well said, Steyts. But I just want to remind you that while the Stormers were winning games, we all told you guys that the way they were doing it wasn't going to be good enough to win trophies. 97.83% Of you guys ripped the rest of us apart for saying so. At least now some of you can see the light. Good on you.

      steyts - 2012-08-13 09:59

      hindsight is 20/20 sight...

      nick.mullet.35 - 2012-08-13 10:28

      On a serious note, the Stormers are also losing their grip on the hottest dancing girls. Sharks might edge that. If you lot could get a backline full of bigger Gio Aplon's who play with heart then you will dominate everything.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 10:42

      It wasn't hindsight when the rest of us warned you.

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-08-13 02:08

    Jislaaik.The Sharks B really made mincemeat of them.Two down,13 to go.Am quite sure Griquas can also take one or two heads.

  • WernerZA - 2012-08-13 06:05

    I'm not one for wishing an injury on a bloke, but I think a few would have smiled if aplon was given a rest... :) shame, and to think this team had the easiest few months behind them... Very few boks, lots of \off weeks\... And still no flair, no tries, no cups for 11 years... Tick tok...

  • sharkie.fin - 2012-08-13 07:58

    I heard the injuries were chocking related. Fire Coetzee!

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-08-13 09:07

    Coetzee needs 2 make tough decisions if he can't he needs 2 go. 1 drop devenhage to slow to predictable I would bring Nic Groom bck. I just can't understand our forwards dominate the set-pieces bt we can't score tries to me scrumhalf's fault.2 drop joe Petersen put Aplon at Fullback gives us better defence

      Stormkaap - 2012-08-13 09:41

      Agree about Duvies, journeyman scrummie, Schreuder and Hoffman were a lot zippier than him

  • johan.vandeventer.58 - 2012-08-13 12:04

    Like Burton Francis is a loss!!! bwahahahahahaha! its more like wp gain that he is injured!! what a joke...allistair and robbie fleck overlook a star flyhalf like Catrakilis for him what A JOKE! i wouldnt be suprised if that is another talent the WP will be losing soon...what a pity...WP need to get rid of the disease AC fast...he is toxic for the union , him fleck and proudfoot make me sick to my stomach...what sort of coach is AC...He wiped Jake Whites butt during the worldcup and now he calls himself a coach..I will be supporting another union from now on....disgusted

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-08-13 13:16

      Burton, another useless Bull with a Super rugby title to his name.

  • legndkilla - 2012-08-13 14:05

    im a true wp and stormers supporter but i honestly think that somethings gotta give with regards to management cos at first i fugured that u cant always blame the coaches its the players responsibility to step up to the plate as well as they get paid to do this, bt judging from saturdays performance u have to blame the coaching staff cos how do u have 80% and 70% territory and possession and not win a game .... its like being in a woodwork room with no wood.....

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-08-13 15:10

    No loss if Pietersen does not play in fact the side might be better off Definately favour Griquas to upset the applecart in this game

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