WP banking on Bok spark

2011-10-17 22:00

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee on Monday returned to base at the High Performance Centre in Bellville with much satisfaction.

He can prepare his team with some confidence for the upcoming Currie Cup semi-final against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday.

"It is a good thing that we have our Boks back, and they will bring something special to the party, however we need to prepare well and execute on the field or it can quickly fall apart," said Coetzee.

Province picked up a crucial win and secured the tallying bonus point against the Pumas on Saturday in what was their last home game at Newlands this season.

Although many might expect Province to win the game with the return of six Springboks, their upcoming fixture against a rampant hungry Lions outfit will be anything but easy.

The last time the two sides played each other with the sides at full strength was earlier this year during the Super Rugby competition with the Stormers beating the Lions on both occasions.

Although the Lions narrowly suffered their first defeat (28-26) against Province earlier in the Currie Cup season at Newlands, they made up for that defeat by beating Province 42-25 at Coca-Cola Park two weeks ago.

What could tip the scale in Western Province's favour is the fact that they know the Highveld conditions having played at the same venue just two weeks ago and they will presumably face the same Lion's team, which will run on to the park on Saturday.

"What the Lions have successfully achieved this year is the fact that they have kept the same squad throughout the Super 15 and Currie Cup seasons respectively. This momentum against an experienced Province outfit puts all things equal," said Coetzee.

"We have trained with consistent structures for three years and we have to put that experience and effort on the field for a full 80 minutes on Saturday."

Coetzee confirmed that there were no major injury concerns in his team.

"Demetri Catrakilis came off against the Pumas with a concussion scare, but he has been cleared by the medical team and will be training this week. JJ Engelbrecht sat out training and is recovering from bruises and bumps, but will be back in practice."


  • Shaun - 2011-10-17 22:22

    If Catrakilis plays i'll say WP, if he doesn't, I'd say Lions. Hope Duvenhage misses this one, Nic Groom is what we need to get the back-line getting into gear.

      Steenbra - 2011-10-18 11:03

      Groom certainly played well and offered a lot more in attack as well as strong on defence..

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2011-10-17 22:49

    I think it is not fair bringing the Springboks back into the Currie cup. The teams were playing the whole season without the Boks Why spoiling the chances for the the players that worked the whole season this currie cup to have a chance to play it out in the final stages of this cup

      Burtfred - 2011-10-18 03:20

      Phil, You sound like one of those Lions supporters that are like rabbits in the headlights, now that all the Boks are back in the country.

      Renny - 2011-10-18 06:50

      Go Lions, we're behind you all the way!

      Philip - 2011-10-18 15:40

      Phil, as a Lions supporter would you rather win the Currie Cup against the best players or against a weak team and have that held against you forever? As a Province supporter I expect this to be a very tough game and, if Province manage to win, the Lions now have a team that is gaining experience and getting better each week so the future looks bright for them.

  • Pieter - 2011-10-18 02:13

    This is going to be a gruelling game too say the least. Whoever wishes to win it will have to fire on all cylinders. I just hope my WP team will be up to it because we are still short of several mainstay players like Vermeulen, Bekker and Elstadt. The youngsters playing in their place are full of talent but lack experience of big games. Even if we cannot pull it through we still would have had an excellent year with good prospects for the future. Still: Go, Province, make your supporters happy!

      derrick.dawson - 2011-10-18 08:24

      WP are missing the hard edge that Elstadt, Vermeulen & Bekker bring to the pack, but if the forwards can sort out the set phases then province will take it. WP jou lekker ding!!!!!!

  • markwmilligan - 2011-10-18 05:57

    Going to be a tight game

  • Kevin - 2011-10-18 06:55

    Sorry WP -The party is over

      Juan - 2011-10-18 11:23

      @Isak, Revenge??? Do you even know what it means?

  • Kosie - 2011-10-18 08:34

    @sport 24 please update the voting poll for the durrie cup finals, the bulls & griquas are out of the running but still it says 13 % for the bulls, either make a new one or update this one

      Bootman - 2011-10-18 09:04

      Kosie thats because the Bulls fans are in denial and still voting for the Bulls to win the CC.

      Skinfaxi - 2011-10-18 11:15

      Maybe Bryce Lawrence is reffing the final. When he refs even a team that isn’t playing can win.

      StinkyPu - 2011-10-18 19:15

      Skinfaxi - really how old are you?

  • Niel - 2011-10-18 09:08

    i actually have gotten to like duvenhage. im not to sure on the headline "bok spark". no further comment on that required. Play aplon, de jongh and fourie. catrakilis at 10. wp is going to thrash lions. WP JOU LEKKER DING

  • Douglas - 2011-10-18 11:03

    Damn, didn't actually know there were so many WP supporters out there! oh, I forgot there pride & joys are back from losing the world cup????? " GO LIONS!!!! "

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