Sharks won't sucker WP again

2012-10-24 19:16

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says they won't allow the Sharks to again sucker them into retaliating with foul play in the Currie Cup final in Durban on Saturday.

The Sharks defeated WP 43-27 at Kings Park last month when the Cape visitors finished the match with 12 players, after two red cards and a sin-binning late in the match.

The red cards were shown when WP players retaliated to dirty play after being provoked by the Sharks, but Coetzee said his team would be alert to any form of provocation from the Durbanites on Saturday.

"We've spoken about discipline and we won't get sucked into off-the-ball stuff," said Coetzee.

"We will not lose our tempers. We won't lose our cool.

"We want to give our halfbacks good quality ball to work with, so that means we must hold our own at the set-piece.

"We are prepared for whatever is thrown at us and of late I've noticed that the Sharks are kicking more than the Bulls."

Injured WP skipper Jean de Villiers trained with the side on Wednesday, but Coetzee ruled him out of contention.

"Jean had a run and that's all that there is to that," said Coetzee.

"He is travelling with us to Durban, but he won't play and he won't be taking his boots with."

Coetzee on Wednesday made one change to his starting XV for Saturday's final, with Damian de Allende replacing Marcel Brache at inside centre.

The WP under-21 youngster has made several Currie Cup appearances for the coastal side this season, coming off the bench and playing out wide on the wing.

Coetzee said on Wednesday that De Allende had never disappointed, but rather impressed whenever he came on for the Cape Town side.

Brache has been relegated to the substitutes' bench.

The backline change was Coetzee's only rotation to the side that pipped the Lions 21-16 in last weekend's semi-final.

"On Saturday, we'll be required to front up physically to the Sharks and in that regard Damian is a good choice," Coetzee said on Wednesday.

"Marcel has played many games and he too is quite new to the Currie Cup.

"He's had a big workload and I know he'll do a good job for us when he comes off the bench.

"Damian is a good choice for the final and he has explosive power as well being a good ball carrier.

Coetzee said he had been happy with De Allende's contribution throughout the season.

"Damian knows the way we play and he has good attributes to be a No 12. He can kick well and as inside centre he'll be required to make decisions about when to kick the ball.

"We know that the pitch will be about heavy conditions and that's another reason why Damian is such a good choice.

"He may not be experienced, but in a final there is room for players who have to grow."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 17:00.




Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Carstens, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Marcel Brache, 22. Joe Pietersen Sluys, Jebb Sinclair, Louis Schreuder, Marcel Brache, Joe Pietersen.


  • pjn123 - 2012-10-24 19:21

    Ai Gerhard van den Heever.. daar begin ons alweer met een man ekstra vir die Sharks

      Brad - 2012-10-24 19:36

      Sorry, china but you okes are going to get snotklapped. It's been a LONG time since I last felt THIS confident of a Sharks win in a knockout game.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:23

      It's good to see the Sharks and their pink maatjies from Tshwane are so overconfident.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 07:24

      No man, Gerhard his a FLAGSHIP player for a FLAGSHIP team!!!!

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-25 16:43

      Johannes, jou van is reg - BOTma. Ek sien jou eie FLAGSHIP TEAM se skippie het verlede naweek al gesink - never to be seen again. No finals for two years - and counting... Darem snaaks hoe die losers altyd die grootste bekke het :-)

  • rais.frost - 2012-10-24 19:36

    Our(WP) front row is our problem. If I was coach I'd take a gamble: Play Kitshoff, Carstens and Malherbe as 1, 2 and 3. Thats a beefy front row that could give the Sharks' front row a run. Lineout thrower??? Well, Deon Fourie plays 6 but surely he could still throw in??? A bit unorthodox, but hey, perhaps worth a thought......

      sean.shagley - 2012-10-24 19:45

      @rais I fink you know nothing about rugby

      rais.frost - 2012-10-24 19:56

      @sean No need to insult. I just think we're going to struggle in the scrums, 'cos we sure struggled against the Lions and the Sharks' scrumming unit is formidable.

      sean.shagley - 2012-10-24 19:58

      @rais Who is "we?" Do you play for Province FF?

      rais.frost - 2012-10-24 20:05

      @sean You seem quite good at stirring the pot. No I dont play for WP, but I do support them, hence the use of the term "we". Which team do you support?

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-24 22:32

      @rais Why don't you keep quiet before I make your ears burn

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 00:36

      rais. You are wasting your time trying to talk sense with dowwe paramedic. He is just looking for a fight. Maybe because he likes to get beaten up or something - that's usually what happens to him. You certainly can't talk rugby with him, he knows nothing about the subject. Ask him a few paramedic questions, he likes to talk about that. Back to your post, I actually like your idea. It is unorthodox and unexpected. The Sharks made their intentions clear they will take WP on up front. Do something unexpected like that and you might just put them off their game plan. They are the overwhelming favourites, and I think Allister needs to take a gamble or two.

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-25 01:52

      Ek like boks Chrissie, thanks

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 02:49

      Ek weet, want jy is een.

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 07:25

      Dont worry, with Deon @ Tight head wing, it should be gooder!!!

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-25 10:56

      time to clean house, good back line but lacking in the forwards, money spent in the wrong areas, balance is key to this game however I agree 100% with u. How can u get good ball if ur forwards are not building a platform for the backs to attack? Sorry weepeee julle sal moet weer probeer ahumm Sharks all the way. JDV doesnt know how 2 sidestep same semi final game Sharks to pip WP Grant will have to sink what he always misses 45 meters & upwards along with the home crowd a win is on the cards for Natal. Facts not fairy tales

      donavan.boshoff - 2012-10-25 11:42

      @ Chris Collings, JDV not playing (injured) nor is Grant (Japan). The Durban crowd will be hectic to deal with for sure but game is not in the bag yet, although its a big mountain for Province to climb. Sharks Forever

  • andrew.cooks.5 - 2012-10-24 19:44

    Bla bla bla... whatever!!! Sharks by 20+

      sean.shagley - 2012-10-24 19:58

      That's with a poor ref, WP always benefits from poor ref decisions. Decent ref, Sharks by 35

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:05

      Dowwe paramedic, and your beloved pink pansies are always on the wrong side of ref decisions, right?

  • Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-24 19:51

    The WP will still wack the sharks Bul Groete

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:10

      Pretty much like you cried and cried and cried since last Saturday?

      khanyib1 - 2012-10-25 08:00

      humiliation is a no-show solitary 3 point penalty for the entire 80 mins...embarrasing really.

      christopher.collings.9 - 2012-10-25 10:59

      does ur backside still hurt after the Sharks humiliated ur pink team?

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-25 17:01

      All teams whacked ea other during the season

      elsabe.retief.7 - 2012-10-25 17:18

      Net nog 'n suurgat Blou Bul se kommentaar wat eintlik niks beteken nes sy patetiese span!

  • goldwright - 2012-10-24 19:52

    Ah, it's never your faullt when your players get sin binned for foul play and then get beaten by the better team. Shame WP, you poor things.......

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-25 06:22

      ...too much papsak... ..and tik...

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 07:26

      Stop harrashing the FLAGSHIP Afrigter!!!! AC IS KING!!!!

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-24 20:22

    ... which reminds me, I must put some cash on the sharks before the weekend...

      Nighthawk.Wild - 2012-10-24 20:36

      Youre gonna lose that cash

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-24 22:14

      Money well wasted!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 00:39

      Dowwe paramedic, you don't have a few bucks lying around that you can give to gavin to throw away?

      peester.groenewald - 2012-10-25 01:51

      Chrissie jy weet mos die geld is baie. Gavin gaan natuurlik verdubbel whatever ek hom gee met daai voorspelling

  • cobus.groenewald.1 - 2012-10-24 21:06

    Kan nie sien hoe die Sharks hierdie een gaan verloor nie! Daar is net te veel skietgoed in die 22 Durbaniete!!!!

  • henri.langeveldt - 2012-10-25 01:19

    Hahahahahaha. Alistair , you are a big mamparra!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-25 03:18

      Just as big as you?

      johannes.chokers - 2012-10-25 07:28

      Sies vir jou my lanie!

  • terry.burne - 2012-10-25 07:50

    The only thing that suckered WP into playing dirty last time, was that they were frustrated at being completely outplayed, and tried to resort to dirty play - which backfired when several of their team got carded (red and yellow). If you don't want to get suckered again, teach your players to accept defeat more graciously! It's going to happen again on Saturday!!!!! GO SHARKS

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-25 15:10

      You didn't watch the actual game, did you?

  • joshua.m.austin.5 - 2012-10-25 13:08

    "We are prepared for whatever is thrown at us and of late I've noticed that the Sharks are kicking more than the Bulls." Gotta love Coetzee's sense of humour :) haha, but I think the reason behind all the kicking is the weather! I hope we have a dry final...

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