WP happy with 'X-factor' Boks

2011-08-18 07:34

Cape Town - WP backline coach Robbie Fleck is happy with the boost they received with the return of Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh from the Springboks.

The Springbok management waited until late on Tuesday to release the pair to WP for their Currie Cup clash against the Golden Lions at Newlands on Friday night.

That was a decision WP coach Allister Coetzee was not over the moon with, as it denied him the opportunity to include the duo in his starting line-up for Friday's clash. "They haven't practiced with us yet, so there's no way we could just pick them in the starting team," Coetzee was quoted as saying.

However, Fleck has decided to view the situation from a positive perspective.

"Those two guys will be able to strengthen almost any side and amongst our ranks they could make a huge difference," Fleck told Die Burger newspaper.

"Both of them not only have experience, both also posses that X-factor that helps win matches.

"We will try and send them on from the bench as quick as possible," said Fleck.

The WP management know that they will probably only have the duo for this weekend's clash - as both is expected to go to the World Cup.

But whatever disruption that could have within the WP team environment, does not bother the former Bok centre.

"Whatever disruption it could cause, their presence on Friday night will more than make up for it," said Fleck.


Western Province:
15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Tim Whitehead, 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie (captain), 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Nick Fenton-Wells, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Juan de Jongh, 22 Gio Aplon

Golden Lions:
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Deon van Rensburg, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach, 11 Michael Killian, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Joshua Strauss (captain), 7 Derick Minnie, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Patric Cilliers, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg

Substitutes: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Jacobie Adriaanse, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Warren Whiteley, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Jannie Boshoff


  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 07:55

    I wouldn't exacty call what those two have, the X-factor.

      Paulus - 2011-08-18 07:59

      They have the "i got dropped from the springbok squad-factor"

      jk - 2011-08-18 08:35

      JOHNNY WASSIE DOOD NIE HYT NET UITGEPAAS... - 2011-08-18 08:46

      If you dont play for the Bulls you have the X-factor, Paulus just like WO , the only diffrence is they Wynand got dropped allot earlier.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-18 08:55

      .......WP needs a decent coach ..........Alister Coetzee = Zero Cups....

      Oukoos - 2011-08-18 15:55

      JohnnyBB needs a decent brain

  • jk - 2011-08-18 08:15

    ja ja- sour grapes, cause the bulle loosing again...

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 08:20

      Comment alweer op die verkeerde plek. Dit het net nie dieselfde effek nie.

      JohnnyBB - 2011-08-18 08:24

      ....Stomers/WP losing since 2001... .......still zero cups.....

      jk - 2011-08-18 08:27

      dozer- eks seker jy kan dit ontravel, inteenstelling met jou bulletjies, het n mens n forensiese agtergrond nodig om hulle probleme te ontsyfer...

      jk - 2011-08-18 08:36


      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 09:01

      Jk, n mens kan baie van die Bulle se probleme met sielkunde uitsort. WP het meer as dit nodig. (Miskien forensics soos jy sê).

      jk - 2011-08-18 09:10

      dozer- nie eers DR Phill kan julle uitsort nie...bulle se koppe raas!!!

  • DikWielFiets - 2011-08-18 08:18

    I cannot see how a guy like Aplon can add value to a WC squad where games generaly are much tighter. He might have the X-factor in Currie Cup games, but for me, he hasn't been able to show this at international level against the big teams. As a last line of defence, do you really want to rely on a his size? I also don't agree with the hole "let's bring him on in the last 20 mins when the game has opened up philosophy". I think other teams enjoy it when we pick him. He can bulk up as much as he wants, he will just never be big enough in the modern game at international level.

      jk - 2011-08-18 08:22

      dikwielfiets- take your sunglasses off my friend... if you look at the stormers games of 2011, it has been much tighter than 2010, we also scored less tries, and yet aplon was very very good. so, he's gotto be there - 2011-08-18 09:21

      Lick your lips and taste the Bull Sh*t that you talking. Shane Williams , wales winger 1.70 in height , and 80kg in weight. His sitting 3rd on the All time try scoring list.

      DikWielFiets - 2011-08-18 09:32

      So jk and vallemj, are you telling me, that if Ma'a Nonu or SBW is bearing down on the line, and it's only ole Gio standing in front of him, you are going to be sitting pretty in your chair and not have a care in the world. Waker up and smell the roses. WC's aren't won on small little wingers and full backs breaking the lines and scoring dozens of tries. They are tight games where defence is paramount. So let me see, you're mentioning 2 of the world's smallest international players to prove your point. In an era where centres and wings are over a 100kilo's and over 6 feet tall. Go figure.

      Zip23 - 2011-08-18 09:48

      @jk, games were tighter, but still no silverware. Aplon dropped cause he dropped the ball, in more ways than one. - 2011-08-18 10:22

      Nope Aplon does his bit on defence. Actually the last game he started against Aus in Aus he was asked to make 4 tackles and never missed one. Basson in the same match missed 6, Wynand O missed 2 , M.Steyn missed 2. Actaully the past 2 games we played aplon has not missed on tackle. He tackles low , and his quick to shut down space... you should take a look at the other backline players defence stats.

      jk - 2011-08-18 10:58

      dikwielfiets- aplon played against them in super rugby, and made his tackles...

      Raka13 - 2011-08-18 12:30

      @ DikWielFiets - You can not only select a full back purely on size - defence is not the nr 1 job a full back is assigned to, any who, Aplon defends better than most other centres, wings and flyhalves we have. Sure he won't stop a guy 30 kilos his senior dead in his tracks, but he will stop him. You see Dikwiel, Aplon is like a Mountain bike with slicks, adjustable, a DikwielFiets can only deliver post, and can not compete in a race or on a half pipe, go figure.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-18 12:33 are an ar..h.le! You have clearly never bothered to watch Aplon play (or you watch him with blinkered eyes). His tackling makes Spies look like a poofte!

      DikWielFiets - 2011-08-18 16:09

      @Raka13 - neat reply with regards to the mountain bike comparisson, I'll give you that. But, coming back to my point earlier, WC games aren't won on attack by slippery smaller backline players. Historically go and have a look at the teams that have won and the amount of points scored against them. Coming back to your statement that you cannot pick a fullback purely on defense prowess, fair enough. Have you seen how easily Aplon is picked up and turned over in a tackle situation? If you have play him, then do so against the weaker sides, but I for one won't sleep very well if we get to a situation with a game coming up against one of the big sides, 12-12 all and we have Aplon as my last line of defense. He also doesn't posses that biggest boot in fullback rugby either. So were does that leave you?

      DikWielFiets - 2011-08-18 16:16

      @Mike@CapeT - who said anything about Spies? He isn't selected at fullback. No I'm not a Bulls supporter - so get off your mountainous horse in Cape Town and look at the statement I'm making with regards to todays type of backline player and how it's only in SA that we'll pick someone like him. Do you honestly believe that Aplon will make the 1st 22 for either the AB's or the Wallabies? Seriously...

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-18 18:49

      @DWF...just putting it into perspective....don't have to be on steroids to be able to tackle...just have guts - which Aplon has in abundance.

  • Red Lion - 2011-08-18 08:48

    X Factor...X Shmackter bla bla bla....We still gonna KLAP them come tomorrow night. GO LIONS GO FOREVER RED AND WHITE!!!

      jk - 2011-08-18 08:51

      red lion- you are so clueless and lost. GET A LIFE!!!!!! PROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVINCE!!!!!!!!!!

      Anchorman - 2011-08-18 08:55

      @Red lion you guys have to import coaches and players to be good

      jk - 2011-08-18 09:02

      red lion- die leeus verloor more aand hulle 11de game van 2011!!!

      Cheslyn - 2011-08-18 09:20

      Its the first time in years that they actually on top of the log - not their usual bottom - and they go on like the Bulls!. Arrogance! We'll show you what the laaities here in the Cape will do to you!!!!Go Province!!

      Red Lion - 2011-08-18 09:32

      Shame guys, looking a your comments looks like you bit nervous of tomorrow....Shame. Cheslyn you got it spot on....LAAITIES

      jk - 2011-08-18 11:14


      BlueRaven - 2011-08-18 12:52

      Typing with your "caps lock" on tells a different story jk, or did you scream to you "apple voice over typist? lol Lions will get their sixth successive win this weekend.

      jk - 2011-08-18 13:55

      raven- loop vang n haas... ok

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-18 14:10

      En wat stel jy voor doen ek met jou na ek jou gevang het jk? Haasbredie?

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-18 16:23

      Lol! Nou lag ek lekker! Good one Raven! LOL!! Jy het vir jk tjoepstil! Go Lions!!

  • Plato - 2011-08-18 09:18

    It is going to be a cracker of a game! The Lions have beaten the Sharks and Cheetahs who have both beaten WP. They growing in stature and now have the mental ability to believe they can beat WP. In the Super15 game at Newlands they gave the Stormers a massive scare. I think the weather conditions might have the last say ....

  • Jason - 2011-08-18 09:50

    coz they khalid bulldozer...we x (crossed) hahahahahahahaha...we got an x - factor

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-18 09:52


      jk - 2011-08-18 11:00

      i had the x factor last night..

  • Oukoos - 2011-08-18 12:20

    Gestel dit is waar dat Geo useless is. Hoe de v*k het die Stormers tweede op die S15 log geëindig met dié useless speler? Hoe de v*k het die Stormers top geëindig van alle SA spanne met dié useless speler?

      Zip23 - 2011-08-18 13:59

      blote geluk?

      Oukoos - 2011-08-18 15:48

      ZIP23 Blote dom antwoord?

  • Abrie - 2011-08-18 12:38

    World Cup Years are so special to Natural Born Loser sides like the Lions. Have fun while the actual Players are away on real-Rugby duty. They should change the Competition to the "Beeld-Trophy" in RWC years. The Lions will start choking soon.....

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-18 12:56

      Jealousy makes you nasty. Nervous about the game Abrie? You should be.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-18 12:53

    First loss for the Lion's coming up....and then their bubble will burst! Enjoy while it lasts...there have been a few good moments.

      jk - 2011-08-18 13:56


      Mark - 2011-08-18 21:17

      Hope not Gooooooooooooooooooooo Liooooooooooooooooooooooooooons

  • Carl Muller - 2011-08-18 20:00

    They cannot win without them....

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