WP brace for massive task

2012-10-22 20:02

Cape Town - The Sharks' Currie Cup championship record and recent persistent rain in Durban will rest heavily on the minds of Western Province as they prepare for the final in Durban on Saturday.

Although no injuries were reported on Monday, Deon Fourie, Marcel Brache, Gio Aplon and Eben Etzebeth did not train with the squad as a precautionary measure.

"Deon, Marcel and Gio didn't train but that was just a way of managing their niggles, but they will all be available to play in the final," Province's coach Allister Coetzee said.

"Etzebeth is nursing a cold, which started last week, but he'll be out running with us on Tuesday.

"It's quite a big positive for us to emerge from the Lions' match without injuries and everyone from that match squad will be available for the final."

Coetzee heaped praise on the Sharks for the way they disposed of the Blue Bulls in Saturday's semi-final in Durban.

"The Sharks had a plan to strangle the Bulls and it worked very well. That was a quality Bulls' side, but they were restricted to a mere three points in the match and that tells a story of just how good the Sharks were.

"The Sharks have also done well in the wet weather and their plans for the heavy fields have worked well."

Coetzee said his team had played in the wet in Durban in the past and he was relying on those experiences to prime his side for the expected rainy conditions on Saturday.

"The Sharks have a tremendous record in Currie Cup finals and after winning two in the last five years we know that we have quite a job on our hands," Coetzee said.

The Sharks have reached four Currie Cup finals in the past five years.

During this period, Province have managed only one final appearance, which they lost 30-10 to the very Sharks in Durban in 2010.

Flyhalf Patrick Lambie has struck a rich vein of form for the Sharks, but Coetzee felt his side would not be singling out the No 10 for special attention.

"A player like Lambie is a class act and as opponents there's not much we can do about that," he said.

"We'd rather focus on the opponent as a whole and make sure that our plans are in place. We can't worry about Lambie alone because the whole Sharks team is a very powerful one.

"We also know that they have a strong contingent on the bench and that includes a Springbok or two."

The final at Kings Park kick off at 17:00 on Saturday.


  • tang.willemse - 2012-10-22 20:17

    Wat help dit om so hard voor te berei om net weereens te choke en almal se blerrie tyd te mors!

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-22 20:25

      "WP brace for massive task" what's that... the BIGGEST choke since the S15???

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-10-22 20:27

      Just to be clear, choking is when you are expected to win and fail to, and everyone says the sharks are overwelming favourites for the final, so if wp lose it cannot be seen as a choke, the only team that can choke in tgis game is the sharks.

      dao.muangnoicharoen - 2012-10-22 20:43

      unfortunately the wp cannot choke they can only lose. the sharks are the only ones in a position to choke. they will not do what they did last year again and will prevail. wp is just not strong enough against the table topping sharks

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-22 20:54

      Pieter maybe in our eyes and NEWS24 but if you ask any other WP/STORMER supporter they won 2012 CC in 2009 already... Good Luck to both Teams...

      art5SA - 2012-10-22 21:05

      After the FINAL... Alistair will still be referred to as "ALISTAIR "NO CUPS" COETZEE!

      Wayne - 2012-10-22 21:18

      @tang.willemse?, jy is net n suurgat. Warra warra op elke storie op sport24. Het jy nie n vrou om na te kyk nie,of kinders om groot te maak nie. Maar dit sal seker nie werk nie want jy is n 18 jaar laaitie.

      louis.niehaus.1 - 2012-10-23 06:11

      Ek weti of julle dit gesien het nie ma ek dink amper die bulle het gechoke teen die shark sa nou is dit die bulle wat chokers

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 07:05

      Dit help baie Tang, dit gee ons almal iets om oor te lag!!!!

      tang.willemse - 2012-10-23 09:03

      Is jy nou kwaad wayne?

  • bongumusa.shozi - 2012-10-22 20:31

    Ludick 4 bok 15 much better than nik nak man...sharks by 20

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 07:34

      Isak alweer gesuip?

  • johan.jacobs.5680 - 2012-10-22 20:32

    Sorry W P a bridge too far.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 07:06

      Andrew dit is nog nie te laat nie, gaan vir berading of iets tjom, jy kan nog gered word

  • BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-22 20:34

    Go Saaaaaaarks !

      riaan.crouse1 - 2012-10-22 22:38

      nou kan jy sien wie is di draadsitters

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-22 23:18

      Pinkmasjien. Het jy al die Sharks badge op jou pink rok vasgewerk?

      lean.sadie - 2012-10-23 03:21

      Interesting post for you lot from another Site. Morne Steyn has the worst winning percentage out everyone from the 2011 Bok team, did you know that, South african winning percentage fom 2003 to 2009 was never lower than 75% thats with how many different flyhalves, it was always roughly the same. Steyn took over in 2009 and from 2009 to 2012 South african winning percentage has never been higher than 58 percent, from 2003 to 2009 average of 40 tries scored per year, Steyn took over and 2009 to 2012 we score an average of 18 tries per year. Fourie du Preez Test career 2004 - 2011 Mat 62 Won 33 Lost 18 Draw 1 70% win ratio Morne Steyn Test career 2009 - 2012 Mat 41 Won 23 Lost 16 Draw 2 57% win ratio I tried to find someone who started in 2009 I could only find Beast from 2008 but they have the same amount of matches just played at different times. Tendai Mtawarira Test career 2008 - 2012 Mat 41 Won 27 Lost 12 Draw 2 69% win ratio CAN ANYONE REMEMBER MORNE STEYN WINNING US A GAME AFTER 2009, WITHOUT GOOGLING IT. I KNOW HE WAS IN GAMES WE WON BUT GAMES WON DIRECTLY BECAUSE OF HIS EFFORT. ANYONE

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-10-22 20:47

    I heard the Blue Bulls bought 2 Locks 1 for the front gate and the another for the back gate. hahahahahahahahahahahahaha\r\nI hear the Blue bulls got a chance 2 make the Final if they buy tickets at shoprite

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-22 20:48

      11years cupless

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 07:34

      Amper 12!!!

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-22 20:48

    come on sharks, take the currie cup this weekend and the super 15 next year

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-22 23:26

      Praat van naar en bitter, dowwe paramedic. Se gou vir ons weer waar is jou span en hoe maak dit jou voel? Naar en bitter neem ek aan.

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-22 23:43

      Maar ten minste nie 11jaar se bitterheid nie

  • steveroodt - 2012-10-22 21:10

    Are all the !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the amount of Excuses you going to have when we Bite ya Shake Ya and spit u out at the Shark Tank ...GO SHARKS

      steveroodt - 2012-10-23 04:51

      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! All the band aids you gonna put on after We Bite Ya Shake YA and Spit You out. The Beaches are not safe in Durban the nets are down and the frenzy begins .

  • eben.posthumus.5 - 2012-10-22 21:12

    Since mid S15, there have been only 1 SA team and that is The Sharks.

      andrew.hendrikse - 2012-10-22 21:34

      PROVINCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-22 21:37

      The okes from chokeville not going to like you.\r\nGo Sharks!

  • keba.mothoagae - 2012-10-22 21:53

    Allister, common sense says you are not gonna win on Saturday. But our hearts say you are to become big party poopers in Durban. No one goes into a Final to honour the form book. Just go FTW. \r\nOh, and you are gonna choke (or whatever has become the protocol of retards who setup fake profiles to troll on news24).

  • Riaan - 2012-10-23 06:39

    Hoe se Naas altyd,n game word op gras gespeel ni op papier of statistieke nie,WP gaan ni Durban toe om die CC vi di Sharks te gee nie.Die weer gaan n groot se he,ons hoop dit reen ni,en dan het al 2 spane spelers wt di game kan swaai,mt n stukie briltantheid,Sharks se fowards t WP se agterlyn-WP met 3!!!

  • bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-23 07:04

    Amper 12jaar manne!!!!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-23 07:08

    Sies, skaam die redelike Bulls supporters nie vir hulle vir die likes van blou bollie, spies die derde, ens. nie. Nie eers in die final nie maar rek die grootste bek. Eish

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