WP hold breath over Pietersen

2012-09-03 19:46

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee remained upbeat after they shrugged off a chaotic week and climbed to second position in the Currie Cup standings after thrashing the Blue Bulls 42-6 at Newlands on Saturday evening.

Springbok call-ups, coupled with injuries to key members of the squad, left Coetzee with a selection headache ahead of the derby contest, but he was pleased to bag a bonus point after they ran in five tries.

Having lost Siya Kolisi last week with a broken finger, it was confirmed on Sunday that scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage fractured his right leg and would be out for the rest of the season.

"Season-ending injuries are always tough to deal with - like Siya last week and now Dewaldt," Coetzee said.

"It's very unfortunate for Dewaldt and I feel for him, but we're lucky that we've got three quality scrumhalves here in Dewaldt, Louis Schreuder and Nic Groom.

"Our rotational policy this season has put us in good stead."

Loose forward Nick Koster, whose been out with a long-term knee injury, is slowly making progress.

"Nick is getting on track a little slower than expected, but he is making headway after doing some work with the physio," Coetzee said.

"It is very frustrating for him as a player, not being all that agile, which has kept him off the training field, but he has joined our video sessions and is doing all he can at this stage in being active and a part of the team."

Fullback Joe Pietersen also made a return to training at WP's base in Bellville on Monday, albeit with a heavily strapped right wrist.

Pietersen's injury has kept him off the field for most of the Currie Cup season thus far, but Coetzee hinted that the speedster could be back in the selection mix this week.

"An analysis on Joe will be done tomorrow with the specialist, so we hope for the best," Coetzee said.

Meanwhile, Coetzee was confident his side could maintain their good form heading into the remaining fixtures of their provincial campaign.

"We had a great game against the Blue Bulls," he said.

"However, we were found wanting in certain areas and these are places where we can improve.

"Our intensity this past weekend was unbelievable and the effort that the guys put in was out of this world.

"It was exactly what we needed ahead of going to Bloemfontein to face the Cheetahs who are always a tough outfit at home."

Their clash against Free State kicks off at 19:10 on Saturday.


  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-04 02:41

    I hope Pietersen is 100% soon, the Boks need a quality fullback. And this remains a beautiful phrase: "after thrashing the Blue Bulls 42-6 at Newlands on Saturday evening"

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-04 03:09

      Yes bring Pietersen back - Bulls dont want to lose like that again . . . .

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-04 04:06

      I agree, the Bulls like losing against WP and Stormers this year, so they will enjoy it when Pietersen make sure WP humiliate the Bulls with an even bigger score at Loftus..

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-04 04:08

      @crisisinoz - no the Bulls always do better when he is in the team . .

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-04 04:35

      No they don't, yes they do, no they don't, yes they do. Sounds like the kleuterskool. Read my first comment.

      stuartanthony.rousseau.9 - 2012-09-04 09:43

      pieterson couldnt even handle the sharks up and unders let alone be a bok

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-04 12:52

      @crisisinoz - read the article . . .

  • nkwe.mahlanghu - 2012-09-04 08:05

    chrisin are you drunk? What would we want to do with a little smurf in the Bok team?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-04 08:21

      If that "little smurf" gives one pass, or runs one step, he would have done double what Nik-naks did in the two Puma games combined.

      nkwe.mahlanghu - 2012-09-04 08:49

      Like he did in the Super Final in Orlando and in the Super semis against the Sharks? Ha ha ha what an ugly little thing

      macziekpk - 2012-09-04 09:09

      Joe Pietersen showed what he is made of when he crumbled in the Super 15 like a little girl

      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-09-04 09:15

      I wonder if you have ever even touched a rugby ball? That "smurf" as you call him has more talent in his big toe than you and half the Bul tril backline combined!! Why don't you go and learn a few things about the wonderful game we call rugby before you come spew your pathetic filth here. W.P. groete uit Pretoria.

      macziekpk - 2012-09-04 09:19

      Seriously? He is more talented than a forum poster? So he should be in the Bok team? Wow standards are low in the WP lalaland

      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-09-04 09:43

      Read my comment again and make sure you are able to grasp the entire comment before you make yourself look like an idiot. Idiot. W.P. groete uit Pretoria.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-04 09:44

      @Maakziek - Learn to read properly. You'll be amazed at the world of knowledge it will open up for you.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-04 22:47

      @nkwe. Look at that photo next to your name. You should be the last person to call someone an ugly little thing.

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-04 12:35

    We need this bloke in the SB squad!!!!!!!!

      press.enter.12 - 2012-09-04 13:00

      Yes tackle bags for Bok training sessions have now also been ordered in smaller sizes - specially for WP supporter favorites . .

  • spiekeries - 2012-09-04 15:51

    Ag liewe hemel, gaan die klomp nog steeds aan oor laas Saturday se game, fo@kol gewoond nie klomp ape

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-09-04 22:50

      Gaan julle ape nog steeds aan oor games wat drie of vier jaar terug gespeel is. Ons gaan aan oor die laaste game wat gespeel is. Die mees onlangste een. Ek weet vir julle pink pansies het rugby opgehou na julle daai laaste beker way back when gewen het, maar in die res van die wereld word daar nog steeds rugby gespeel. Net nie meer op moftus nie. Ek dink as hulle nie daai plek afbreek en hop-huise bou daar nie, moet hulle dit in 'n sokker stadion omskep.

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