'It’s ours to lose' - Coetzee

2013-10-17 12:24

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is not normally one to be too bold, and would probably normally talk about a lowly team like Border as a “tough challenge”, but after making his team announcement for the Absa Currie Cup semifinal he departed from the usual script.

According to the website, clearly not concerned that his words could be used as motivation by the Golden Lions, who shocked a full strength Province team that was expected to canter to victory in a similar semifinal two seasons ago, Coetzee made no bones about the fact this is a game his team should be expected to win.

“We have struggled to win home play-off games in the past, but then all teams struggle when they are young. When you lose you learn from it, and the two Super Rugby semifinal defeats to the Crusaders and Sharks are experiences we have learned from,” said Coetzee.

“I think we now have the control and the experience, plus the maturity, to deal with the occasion, and to embrace it. There is more pressure at home, as we have particularly staunch support at times and it brings massive expectation. But we have a more mature team than we had before, and we know what it feels like to lose at home at this stage. It is the worst feeling in your life.

“But we have leadership and unlike during this past Super Rugby season, we have everyone available, to the point where it was tough to leave certain really good players out of the group. We are blessed to have Brandas (WP captain Deon Fourie), Schalk (Burger) and Jean de Villiers all in the group. You should never be over-confident, but this really is one for us to lose.

“You should never be over-confident, but we’ve had a great week of preparation and really have no excuse not to go out there and make our supporters proud by achieving our objective of securing a home final for them.”

Coetzee is particularly pleased with the strength he has available to make an impact from the bench, something that was not there earlier in the competition.

“We are really spoilt for choice at the moment. In the first half of the competition we couldn’t rely on the bench to make an impact as we had a lot of injuries. But we have a really strong bench now and if your bench becomes part of your tactical plan, then you are in a really good position.

“On the bench for this game we have several players who have done really well for us during the season. Michael Rhodes has been in good form and can come on at lock or flank. He has been carrying the ball particularly well and can make a great impact if introduced later in the game. Juan de Jongh is another player who can make a big impact, and of course Scalla (Burger) has made an impact in every game and really lifts the players when he comes onto the field. Hopefully we will be able to give him more time this week.”

But while Coetzee is exuding confidence, that does not mean the Lions are being underestimated, and assistant coach Robbie Fleck paid the Johannesburg team a confident when he spoke about how dangerous they are at attacking off turn-over ball.

“They are probably the best attacking team in the competition in that situation and we know we have to respect them and limit their opportunities,” said Fleck.

“We just have to ensure that we stay patient. The Lions do give you opportunities, and we’ve got to put pressure on them through our structures. We can’t give them turn-over possession or put in poor kicks as we know they will punish us if we do.”


  • Jonny Fairplay - 2013-10-17 12:27

    Eish......i wish AC didnt have to say that. Lets talk after the games boys.

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-10-17 13:03

      The game is won. ASSUMING Kevin De Klerk hasn't invested in another 'result', WP will walk this one. The Lions are a particularly poor team and that lack of class shows the moment they come up against a quality teams. WP would probably we more cautious if they came up against the Griquas (or Pumas for the matter), but they may as well prepare for next week's game. Basically around the 60 minute mark, a ginger - curly haired guy will pitch up for the Lions that is slippery around the blind side. Other than that keep and eye on the ref... and you've won.

      Omge Klits - 2013-10-17 13:12

      And why is AC not playing his full squad of midgets ?

      John Comyn - 2013-10-17 13:26

      He only uses the full compliment of midgets when playing the weaker sides and even then he only needs 14 of them on the park.

      Adrian Bruwer - 2013-10-17 13:27

      You end top of the log for a reason - home ground advantage! Playing for the Newlands Faithful! Good luck boys. It is yours to loose.

      Jean Viljoen - 2013-10-17 14:31

      Uhm James Knucklehead, are you stilled p*ssed off that the hopelessly overrated Kings got what they deserved from the Lions?

      JamesBlacksmith - 2013-10-17 16:16

      @Jean You mean a cheating ref and then a win at Ellis Park in front of 50K spectators? Looking forward to a years worth of commenting after every Lions game.

  • Jean Viljoen - 2013-10-17 12:31

    That's the way AC. Keep on talking your team up. We all know where that ends with SA teams....

  • Gerhard Steenkamp - 2013-10-17 12:34

    I see that the currie cup is already in the trophy cabinet..............mmmmmmmmmm wishfull thinking on the mighty AC part

  • David Scott Duncan - 2013-10-17 12:35

    Careful Al, don't tempt fate

  • jannie.pieters.3 - 2013-10-17 12:51

    Agree with AC... saterday is just a formality. .. we will be batteling the sharks come final time although I wish the cheetahs can beat them because then the final will also be just a formality

      Witgemors Werner - 2013-10-17 13:35

      With their track record you'd think they would be a bit more humble, but then again that is not how we know our fellow weepee supporters. They definitely have the title for most arrogant, yet unsuccessful team

      Remo Liut - 2013-10-17 18:13

      Remember the old saying "arrognce is the mother of all ups".

  • Willem J Swanepoel - 2013-10-17 13:11

    Don't get yourself into a panic Allister! Since 2009 the Lions have only been able to win 3 out of 9 games where Jonker was the referee. I am sure that with his help you will pull this one through - whether you deserve it or not!

      Willem J Swanepoel - 2013-10-17 13:33

      Adrian, your comment is hardly worth a comment!

      Witgemors Werner - 2013-10-17 13:37

      Stephen, he already wrote the introduction to that essay when they announced the refs. If a 50/50 call doesn't go their way they start crying immediately. We must just make all the refs WP supporters and all the Springboks WP players. Maybe then they will stop moaning... But I doubt it.

      Willem J Swanepoel - 2013-10-17 13:55

      Adrian, Ek kan nie mooi uitmaak of jy nou eintlik die Guppies of die Wynvlieë ondersteun nie.

      Witgemors Werner - 2013-10-17 14:02

      Dink hy is een van daardie draadsitters Willem. Hy spring so rond tussen watse span goed doen. Ek kan sweer hy was 'n Bulls supporter in die Super15

      LouisBensch - 2013-10-17 14:37

      Stem Werner, hy was ook n queen supporter.

      Jonny Fairplay - 2013-10-17 15:09

      Willem, 33% that's the Lions normal winning what you are saying is that the ref will be completely fair

      LouisBensch - 2013-10-17 15:20

      That's no way how to rule Sparta Adrian, you traitor you.

      Witgemors Werner - 2013-10-17 16:23

      Lions didn't get relegated. They got tossed aside. The Kings got relegated.

      Jean Viljoen - 2013-10-17 17:01

      @Gaydrian Go ask Cheeky for a hankie before we all burst into tears

  • Dirk Du Plessis - 2013-10-17 13:16

    The match between Cardiff Blues and Toulon is much better that any of the Currie Cup Semi-finals!!!

      Hans Oosthuizen - 2013-10-18 07:11

      Dirk, ek neem aan jy is 'n Bulls supporter. Dit is net hulle wat nou niks omgee vir Currie Cup nie...haha

  • Hein Makkink - 2013-10-17 13:49

    I must say, well done to the Bulls under 19 and Unerd 21 for getting both those teams in the semi's. Might I also mention that tje rest of SA (excluding pro Bulls) have alot to thank Pine Pienaar for as he single handedly nutralised the Blue Bull threat in a matter of three short years.

      Willem J Swanepoel - 2013-10-17 14:02

      What does Unerd 21 stand for, Unerdogs?

      Eerman van Zyl - 2013-10-17 23:22

      Ag hel man get off Pine's back! Here's what happened: Bulls management overspent on recruitment-good and settled players(like Jano Vermaak amongst others)asked to play on halfed salaries, walked out on the Bulls- now Pine is left with a very youg team. What do you expect? Wp greetings

      Mark Isaks - 2013-10-19 12:05

      Hoe kan Pine die skuld kry as hy self met o/21s moet Curriebeker speel?Behalwe die beseerdes hoeveel spelers het die Bulle verloor oorsee?Ludeke sou ook afgetjop het!Blame the Van Graans!

  • Wihan Janse van Rensburg - 2013-10-17 14:34

    Famous last words AC. Be carefull. No formalities or givens in the currie cup.

  • Paul Nel - 2013-10-17 14:48

    Enjoy your game at Nuweland! The final will be decided in Bloemfontein! Go Lions!!

      Flippie Dee - 2013-10-17 15:24

      Keep on dreaming,that's what Lions supporters also said when they played the Kings on Ellis and they lost the game...

  • jannie.pieters.3 - 2013-10-17 15:01

    Nie eers die all blacks kan WP wen nie

      LouisBensch - 2013-10-17 15:21

      Toemaar een van die dae is julle.

      Andre Jacobs - 2013-10-17 16:52

      Jy weet duidelik niks van rugby af nie

      Hans Oosthuizen - 2013-10-18 07:01

      Ai Jannie.... Maar ons gaan die Leeus trap.

  • Deon Jordaan - 2013-10-17 15:30

    WP will win with a smile on their face the currie cup will stay in Cape Town

      Andre Jacobs - 2013-10-17 16:50

      Keep on dreaming. The Lions are coming, be afraid, be very afraid. Remember semi finals 2011, I rest my case

  • Andre Jacobs - 2013-10-17 16:46

    Yeah Coetzee keep on dreaming, it's not to say you have big names in your team, now they going to beat the Lions, afterall they also human and I think the Lions are going to shock you and your team right down to your foundation. GO THE LIONS

  • Jamie Langford - 2013-10-17 18:14

    Die Lions is n baie goeie rugbyspan ek haal my hoed af vir hul veg gees wat hulle altyd wys. Was dit dalk op hul tuisveld sou ek n bietjie bekommerd wees. Maar dis ons tuisveld en die stadion sal gepak wees. Lions ek sien nie hoe julle ons gaan wen nie. Ons pak lyk sterker as ooit. En ons agterlyn is dodelik. Dit gaan n goeie game wees. Maar Wp gaan hierdie een wen

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