Much to ponder for WP coach

2012-09-17 21:29

Cape Town - True to form, Western Province have suffered at least one major injury every week since the start of the Currie Cup season.

The latest casualty is second-choice flyhalf Kurt Coleman, who broke a bone in his jaw during last weekend's match against the Sharks in Durban.

"Kurt undergoes an operation on Wednesday and he's out for the rest of the year," said WP coach Allister Coetzee on Monday.

"He has a broken jaw bone and after the op he'll need eight weeks to recover, so his season is over.

"I just can't get myself to talk about injuries any more, there is no relief (from the injury crisis)."

Adding to WP's woes were the red cards handed to loose forwards Jebb Sinclair and Tyrone Holmes, who will appear before a disciplinary committee. They both threw punches and are likely to face match bans.

After they were sent off, WP suffered another setback when replacement lock Wilhelm van der Sluys was harshly yellow-carded by referee Lourens van der Merwe, and as a result the Cape side finished the match with 12 players.

"In the case of the two red cards it was a matter of emotional channelling in the wrong direction," said Coetzee.

"It is not the image (WP) we want to portray. You cannot play with 14 players, let alone 13 or 12 for that matter.

"These two players don't have a history (of foul play) and I hope that will count in their favour. However, there is always a first time. As a team it's a matter that we'll put behind us.

"Once we know the outcome of the hearing, we'll have our own internal hearing.

"In the case of the yellow card, the player will be given a (monetary) fine. Late in the match the scrums were farcical with Province only having five players to push against eight," said Coetzee. "It could have resulted in injury to players."

WP are up against the high-riding Griquas next weekend, and Coetzee is preparing for the match without Sinclair and Holmes.

"I am prepared for the worst case scenario and I've invited several flankers to join our training sessions this week," said Coetzee. "I've got Tertius Daniller, JJ Gagiano, JP Swanepoel, Yaya Hartzenberg and Justin Benn training with us this week for loose forward cover."

Of these players, the Cape Town-born Gagiano is the best-known, having played for the USA in the Rugby World Cup. For the past few weeks he has been playing club rugby for the University of Cape Town.

Coetzee said he was also considering playing hooker Deon Fourie at No 8 this week.

Flank Rynhardt Elstadt (rib injury) is expected to start training again in two weeks' time and eighthman Nick Koster will join the training session as from next Monday.


  • chaplinncharlie - 2012-09-17 21:48

    Two weekends ago against the Bulls they won the CC now they are in Dire Straits... What a roller coaster life it is there in Clown Town...

      deon.meyer.752 - 2012-09-17 22:11

      Well they might lose to Griquas which will be a desaster nobody should lose to Griquas. A team must feel like a bunch of idiots losing to Griquas (to the Griquas supporters just kidding).......... don't know the results of last weekend how much did the Bulls beat them by?

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-17 22:18 Currie Cups for the Cape Clowns... ...11 years... ...and counting...

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-17 23:20

      roller coaster yes its ups and downs but the blue nulle only got downs so no hope there ! one way ticket downhill!

      theo.dupreez - 2012-09-18 09:57

      If you watched the game, you would know rugby shouldn't have to be played in such conditions. \\although there is always a change of that kind of weather re-occurring, my guess is it was a once-off game and the game itself shouldn't be a measure of what either team is capable. I thought the ball handling of both teams was on a standard much above Currie Cup standard.

  • dowwe.duane - 2012-09-17 22:21

    "Ponder?" BWA HA HA Hy kan net so min ponder as dom Duane, stink Schalk, Weerlig Liebenberg of Parkiebank Bekker, loshande die domste gestremde span in die wereld

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-17 22:26

    ....the Sharks won the rugby game... ..and the Cape Criminals won the fight.... ...2 red cards and 1 yellow card...!.. ...what an achievment...! ...Allister Coetzee must be proud....!

      blou.johnny - 2012-09-17 23:35

      ....Cape Clowns... ...proud owners of the Hooligan-Cup...! ....well done...!

      theo.dupreez - 2012-09-18 10:01

      Blou Johhny, ek hoop jy bly oplyn tot die einde van die seisoen, want dit lyk nie of julle Tswane-span die semis gaan haal nie.

  • johan.muller.7777 - 2012-09-17 22:33

    Aan al die grootbek WP ondersteuners net gou iets waaraan julle kan suig. Verloor WP die naweek tee n die Kwaste, en Cheetahs wen teen die Bulle, OEPS, WP uit die playoffs......

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-17 22:44

      @johan Maar moenie worry nie, hulle sal die ref blame, of die wind wat gewaai het of die ouma wat van die dak afgebl!ksem het of of of of (11keer in 'n ry)

      master.payne.73 - 2012-09-18 07:59

      As is verbrande hout ou skewe sewe.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-17 23:22

    ....Champion Chokers....! ....11 years.... ...and counting...

      philip.h.voigt - 2012-09-18 07:11

      Same old comment, dom pienk johnny!! Wat maak jou pienk koeie, hou maar jou kopmmentaar vir hul!!

      hoffjw - 2012-09-18 21:53

      blou jonny TSK......

  • lean.sadie - 2012-09-18 01:32

    Find it funny that it is 99% bulls commenting on here.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-18 02:03

      What's even funnier: 17 years cupless

      Francois - 2012-09-18 13:14

      @dowwe.duane WP won the Cup in 2001(do the math)! We are giving everybody a chance to catch us, but no-one really caught up with the 32 we have.

      dowwe.duane - 2012-09-18 15:54

      @francois I'm talking about the Stormers oubaas se honne

      francois.leroux.33 - 2012-09-18 19:33

      @dowwe.duane Western Province play in the Currie Cup not the Superugby! But being a copy a paste job, I know this is a bit much for you to grasp.

  • Delacruise01 - 2012-09-18 07:40

    @blou.johnny. All blue bulls should consider teaching history. Because they are all so passionate about the past. Ever heard of the expression: "You are only as good as your last game!". Where were the blue bulls last year? Where are they now? Nowhere near near the top of the log!!!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-09-18 09:45

    AC, I cannot understand that you have had Hartzenberg in the WP for a no of years now, yet he is constantly overlooked. why is his so. You had Francis on the bench for the whole S15 and then you tell him you no longer need him. I think you have no balls when it comes to players of color and selecting them. Tell them to go and play club rugby. Daniller is pretty useless, yet he is around. Hartzenberg was good enough @ u20 and 2 CC leevel last year and is in the squad so why not give him the opportunity. You did the same with Carr and he proved you wrong when he came on a s a sub every single time.

  • andre.terblanche.5 - 2012-09-18 10:36

    Snorre, jou eie man AC sit net wit speles in sy span. Begin daar en bou 'n nie-wit span vir die wp. Julle probleem is julle kan niks self doen nie, maar meng in waar dinge werk. Die Kings het ook nou 'n geleentheid om net agtergeblewenes in hulle span te sit maar nee almal gaan wit wees want hulle wil graag wen of hoe werk julle koppe?????

  • moederstad.wp - 2012-09-18 19:12

    Andre, they only get involved if there is money so they can join the gravy train without any responsibility, Allister is not a coach and so the same for Wakefield, WP president which is a rassiist looking at previous comments!! Secondly we contractt Francis and offer Jantjies a contract but loose Pollard, strange. We loose Sadie and Engelbreght but contract de Allend and Brache, couple of years ago we contracted Ricky and Bolla but let Hougard go, similar to derick Hougard . On the other hand we had van Der Merwe and Small as coaches they where fire due to no silverware, but Allister can stay for4 years without silverware, so if the colour is correct you can do what you want! WP Rugby will never be the same sadly

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