WP had to pick Boks - Coetzee

2012-10-10 20:40

Cape Town - There is an element of risk in making eight changes to his team this week, admits Western Province coach Allister Coetzee, but he concedes there is no alternative.

Coetzee included all seven of the side's returning Springboks when he named the WP team on Wednesday for the Currie Cup encounter against the Cheetahs in Cape Town on Saturday.

"There will always be a risk in (selection) decisions but I feel this is the best way of going about it," Coetzee said.

"We need to win this weekend and therefore we have to play the Boks."

Jean de Villiers, who will captain the side, Juan de Jongh, Bryan Habana, Duane Vermeulen, Eben Etzebeth, Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg were all recalled after they were included in the Springbok squad for the home leg of the Rugby Championship.

WP, lying third in the standings, are not guaranteed a place in the domestic playoffs and will be gunning for victory to ensure they avoid the relegation zone.

"Promotion/relegation has never been a part of the WP vocabulary, and the Boks know full well that they have a responsibility to get Province into the semi-final," Coetzee said.

"The Boks share our ambitions and they're all eager to throw their weight behind the Province cause.

"We had to use youngsters and we've had loads of injuries, and we're pleased that the players who carried the campaign in the absence of the Boks did well to give us a chance to make the semis."

Gio Aplon, who started training earlier this week after recovering from an ankle injury, was named on the bench as cover at fullback and wing.

"I've looked at Gio's case and he's better off on the bench," Coetzee said.

"He's only had limited time with us this week so he's not quite ready for a starting line-up place."


Western Province

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Marcel Brache, 22 Gio Aplon

Free State Cheetahs

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin


  • spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 20:47

    They have to choke with their best possible team.

      braam.groenewald.39 - 2012-10-10 21:31

      Haha I almost choked on a Semi

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-11 00:40

      ...Champion Chokers... ...11 years....

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 08:38


      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-11 09:19

      You almost choked on a semi? A semi what? Gross man.

      david.bassill - 2012-10-11 09:23

      Choked on a semi ???? Bwahahahahahahahahaha

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 09:30

      As julle nie mooi verstaan wat CHOKED is nie bel my dan verduidelik ek dit, 0824Q2!!

      frigo.donnerweer - 2012-10-11 10:04

      Go Province! WP by 10!

      GrootWitHaai - 2012-10-11 10:34

      Should be called Province Proteas.

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-10-10 20:55

    bulls rugby union has decided to move to soccer city permanently due to the fact that they kick the ball more than they pass and will fit into the soccer format easier which morne has agreed to as it means he won't be forced to look like he has to do tackles .

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 21:11

      Paul, how many trophies have your team won over the last 11 years, while playing millionaire rugby? The clock starts now!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:30

      Spyker, se gou gou weer, ek dink ek het daai een gemis.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-11 00:11

      Bulls 2007 2009 2010 WP .

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-11 00:19

      ...Bulls = Super Champions X3.......!!!!!!!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-11 03:50

      Maaksiek en blou johnny, why don't you say it again. I don't think everyone has been able to see that before.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 06:45

      Chrissie, what do you think of those stats?

  • francois.smith.7 - 2012-10-10 22:23

    Last season Province was in almost the same position, they had to win a semi against a Lions team and a team loaded with Springboks lost against a team with only Butch James as a bok. Hopefully AC will not learn the lesson of continuity again.

  • cobus.fenwick - 2012-10-10 23:19

    "We need to win this weekend and therefore we have to play the Boks" And this is Quoted!!!!!!!! Thanks to the a$$holes that stood in for the team, when the Boks were gone, playing $hit. I am so glad that he was never my coach. That is the worst thing a coach can say, and he will pay for it, watch who is playing in the final. (or is he affraid of Relligation). I would love the Cheetahs to beat his mixed up team on home soil. Maybe he will play the Boks against the Kings again.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-10-11 00:36 Currie cups.. ...11 years.... .....and counting.... ....Bhwaa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 07:57

      No cups 11 years.

  • kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 01:36

    Here is what the log will look like on Sun Oct 14. Please congratulate me for getting it so right: Sharks 35 Lions 28 Bulls 23 Cheetahs 22 Griquas 21 WP 20

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-11 03:52

      Congrats on a fairly accurate copy and paste. Did you use one hand or two hands when you pressed ctrl-V? My guess is one hand, while the other hand had one finger deep inside your nose.

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 06:04

      @daantjie Dankie dat jy erken dat jy 'n liegbek is! Lekker in 'n hoek ALWEER! Ek dog dan jy't nie 'n sussie nie?

      nico.prinsloo.92 - 2012-10-11 06:07

      Droom jy altys so? Bulle gaan laaste eindig en moet uitspeel teen die Queens.....

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 06:07

      @daantjie En van 'n mediese standpunt: Viagra doen niks aan grote nie, kry maar eers jou feite agtermekaar voor jy snot kwytraak. G'n wonder jy dink WP is die mees suksesvolle span nie. Next

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 06:43

      @Nico Prinsloo Hoeveel kenne het jy? Is dit 10 of 11? Het jy al van 'n treadmill gehoor oubaas se honne?

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 06:48

      dankie daantjie, maar daar werk GP's in dieselfde gebou waar my spreekkamers is. Die reps bring baie baie "samples" elke maand. So ek kan kies tussen Viagra, Cialis of Levitra

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-11 07:02

      daan he take as much viagra as possible but being an idiot or moron or a simion ( difficult to see the iq difference between those three as its all under 20) they won't help

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 15:58

      @ "dnar' paul BWA HA

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-11 21:06

      you sure have way to much time between your hundreds of next next next profiles and your db9 and your apartment in vancouter and being a doctor .

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 21:39

      @dnar paul If your house/cars/holiday places etc etc are paid for and you sit with millions in the bank (dollars that is) then you work on your own terms. When and where you wish. It helps if you know your job and is really good at it too. Not good if you think there should be a "dnar tag' around a previously healthy 59yr old's neck. Better go check your text books or book a 2day ACLS course urgently

  • grenville.felton - 2012-10-11 09:11

    Allister Coetzee please don't chase Elton Janjies over rate, another" Earl Rose" Stormers don't need him use your money and keep the youngest in the Cape

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-11 09:21

      Yeah I can't understand how they let the best fly half in South Africa, Demetri "Beast of the East" Catrakilis go, but they can make place for Jantjies.

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-11 09:25

    watse fliek wys sondag aand op m-net?

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-11 09:37

      Dink dis Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Behoort oraait te wees.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 09:40

      Ek kanie DSTV beskostig nie, so ek weet nie Oom!!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-11 09:51

      Ek weet daar kom a Jean Claude van Damme movie op E. Kannie wag nie.

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-11 11:23

      ek wil weer Roadhouse van Patric Swayze kyk.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-10-11 10:59

    Some Blue Bull supporters seriously have too much time on their hands. They just dont have anything else to do but to respond on every article without mentioning WP/Stomers in a negative light....

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-11 16:00

      Have u consulted your plastic surgeon?

  • heinrich.debruyn - 2012-10-11 12:30

    V R Y S T A A T ! ! ! ! !

      orrinf8 - 2012-10-11 13:04

      P R O V I N C E ! ! ! ! ! ! J O U L E K K E R D I N G

  • tertius.devereaux.1 - 2012-10-12 18:23

    Trap hule cheetahs....laat hule wee choke! Cupless losers!

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