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WP not yet at panic stations

2011-08-15 17:35

Cape Town - If historic progression is anything to go by, then Western Province have nothing to worry about in keeping their 2011 Currie Cup campaign on track, despite losing their last two matches.

Although this year’s competition looks to be gifted to the unbeaten Lions, the assertive coaching staff down in the Cape is doing their homework at the High Performance Centre in preparation for what could be the biggest home game for Province this season.

According to team coach Alistair Coetzee, the team has looked at videos of their losses and accepted that they must learn lessons from their mistakes.

“We hate losing, but we must not make the same mistakes as we did against the Cheetahs and The Sharks,” said Coetzee.

Coetzee reiterated that his team needs to keep momentum and have to grow comfortable with each other.

“If we look at our opponents, we see they are comfortable with each other. We need to have the same work rate as the opposition as they are working hard and the team starts believing in themselves,” said Coetzee.

The last four years have yielded a history and paved a way that has shown vast improvement for the Cape based team year-upon-year.

In 2007, Province were eliminated from the Currie Cup competition before playing their last game. In 2008, their season ended after failing to secure a bonus point in their final match of the season which prevented them from entering a semi-final for a second successive season.

The 2009 season, however, saw a rejuvenated side with new and current coach Alistair Coetzee finally stepping into a senior coaching role.

The fairytale season saw Western Province occupy second position on the final log standings and host a home semi-final, however a rampant and experienced Blue Bulls team came out victorious on the day.

Last season, Western Province built on what was achieved in the previous year and carried the positive momentum forward. A self-assured Coetzee not only manifested huge growth and talent in his squad, but also reinstalled team confidence with the ‘Newlands faithful’ seeing record attendances throughout the season. The team managed to steer themselves to a final against the Sharks in Durban, and although they lost, a lot of positives were taken back to their training base.

Although the current standings place Province in fourth position behind the Lions, Sharks and Griquas, supporters might be forgiven for taking a bleak view of the situation.

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Comments
  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-15 19:41

    I tend to agree with the Coach. Losing is always PAINFULL, but we have to stay focus, keep on believing and results will come our way. It's still early august and by the time the Semi's and Finals are played WP will SURELY be there. Players have to trust each other, minimise silly mistakes and feel comfortable with each other. WP jou lekker, lekker, lekker, lekker, lekker DING!!!!! WP groete!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-15 20:39

      ''by the time the Semi's and Finals are played WP will SURELY be there'', as supporters.

      Brannas - 2011-08-16 05:30

      The WeePee won't panic, they're use to losing by now, after 11 cupless years, surely they must be use to it by now.Bhahahahaha. It's business like usual for them. Bhahahaha.

      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-16 07:37

      @Bull- Take it easy!!!!!

  • WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-15 19:46

    Would be interesting to see what Allistair Coetzee could do with the Boks. Not as assistant coach , but as the HEAD COACH.

  • Barry Edwards - 2011-08-15 20:14

    No thanks

  • Bulldozer - 2011-08-15 20:41

    They won't panic, because they are used to losing by now.

      jk - 2011-08-16 08:23

      where is the bulls on the log???

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 09:06

      Jk climbing the ladder as usual.

      jk - 2011-08-16 09:19

      loosing against the griekwas will put you 2nd last again...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 09:29

      We were actually last on the log last week... you should have taken a picture and framed it, you won't see it again

      jk - 2011-08-16 09:51

      of 2de laaste na die naweek, one step forward and 2 steps back...lol!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 10:31

      Jong jk ek is mal oor jou predictions, dis altyd verkeerd :)

      jk - 2011-08-16 10:43

      raven- hou vas aan daai second hand kantoor stoel waarop jy sit, die naweek klop griekwas julle-weer...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 10:47

      Ek hoef aan niks vas te hou nie, lankal leer sit staan en loop. Hoe is jou vordering?

      jk - 2011-08-16 11:00

      raven- only one way, and that up for us!!!!!!!!!!!

  • mobiles - 2011-08-15 21:41

    No worries , maybe next year , lol !!!

  • Kleinboet - 2011-08-16 01:50

    Sure, the youngsters are on a learning curve and can only improve as they start to trust each other more and 'gell' as a team. There is nothing that cannot be fixed given time and experience. We must console ourselves that our Springboks are not available and many other senior players are out injured. We cannot expect this young team to dominate all other teams - not yet - but we can take pride in their obvious talent and progress to become the dominant team shortly. Once that target is achieved, I predict they will stay at the top for a long time.

  • jk - 2011-08-16 08:22

    everyone should just stay calm, everything will work out just fine, believe in our systems and on friday will be a win.

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 09:08

      Yes! Go Lions! ;-)

      jk - 2011-08-16 09:23

      wp by 8, wit bonus point!!!

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 09:27

      Uh huh

      jk - 2011-08-16 09:52

      verstik jy aan jou stukkie droe wors raven??

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 10:36

      Nee ek is geamuseerd en so bietjie meer as verveeld met jou waarsienery Nostradamus.

      jk - 2011-08-16 10:46

      raven- as jy so verveeld is, waarom kyk jy nie na ou dvd tapes van noord transvaal nie, dis deesdae al wat jou hartklop sal opjaag...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 10:56

      Minstens is die Bulle se dvd's nog op die rakke... jy sal in die argiewe moet gaan grawe vir jou span se "glory days".

      jk - 2011-08-16 11:02

      raven- ek sal nien so hard se dat julle dvd's op cna se rakke is nie, hulle steek dit weg tussen die gay joga en pilates over 60's dvd's...

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 11:09

      So het jy toe een gekoop?! Ag ek is bly jk, geniet dit nou en moet dit nie uit verhuur aan jou maaitjies nie hoor!

      jk - 2011-08-16 11:12

      raven- actually, 2 gekoop, een vir funny fridays, en die ander een vir scary tuesdays. Ons lag te heerlik op vrydae, en dinsdae moet ek die kleinspan vroeg bed toe stuur...

  • pappavyf - 2011-08-16 10:14

    The final will be WP and Sharks, I am prepared to put my two nuts on it! We have numerous star players coming back and the team will be in the top 4 come semis. The Bulls only have one or two players coming back, the current team is as good as it gets, which is pretty crap!! WP jou lekker ding! Proooovince Prooovince die Currie Cup kom weer, die Currie Cup kom weer!!!!!!

      jk - 2011-08-16 10:23

      i also predicted it

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-16 14:16

      WP, Sharks final?? Sharks to take the CC!! Sorry!!!

      Blouste-Blou - 2011-08-16 14:20

      Three coming back - Morné, Hougaard & Spies - that is as many as WP have in the 22 for this Saturday against AB's (against the 8 from the Bulls)

      jk - 2011-08-16 14:28

      silver- get real buddy- sharks should have lost the pumas game and wp game, you oaks running out of luck chap

      BlueRaven - 2011-08-16 14:56

      Silver moet nou nie vir ou jk onnodig bly maak nie, WP gaan nie in die final wees nie

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-16 15:09

      Jk, The Sharks did not lost against the Pumas and did not lost against the WP! If WP get to the final, (hahaha), you will choke again! Raven, pappavyf droom oor die final teen Sharks - mens mag droom - en dan gaan daai droom in 'n nagmerrie ontaard! WP in die final - na-aha!

      jk - 2011-08-16 15:20

      SILVER DE LANGE- STICK TO YOUR DAY JOB...

  • pappavyf - 2011-08-16 10:19

    It will be WP and Sharks final, I am prepared to bet my two nuts on it. We will stay in contention come semis and with all the Boks coming back, will win the CC. Who won the S15 SA conference, uhm, yes Stormers. The Bulls are pretty screwed, they have one or two players coming back and in all likelyhood not even make the playoffs. The Bulls are crap and it does not look that it will improve much hahahah. Prooovince, Prooovince die Currie Cup kom weer, die Currie Cup kom weeeer!!!!!

      jk - 2011-08-16 10:24

      proooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooovince!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TrueBlood - 2011-08-16 15:12

    Lions vs Cheetahs Currie Cup final

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-16 15:18

      TrueBlood, dit maak meer sin as WP / Sharks!

      jk - 2011-08-16 15:21

      BEIDE VAN JULLE HET NIE N CLUE NIE!!!

      BlueSilver - 2011-08-16 15:29

      Oeps TrueBlood! We touched a nerve!!

  • TrueBlood - 2011-08-16 15:29

    JK jy is een funny ou dingetjie nê!! hahahah

  • pappavyf - 2011-08-17 09:32

    Cheetahs en Lions finaal - hahahah dis snaaks. Die Lions het geen spelers wat terugkom nie, die WP het volgende spelers wat terugkom: Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Jeand De Villiers, Jacque Fourie, Bryan Habana, Juan de Jongh. In die S15, wie was die dominate SA span, die Stormers!! Die bulls is se dae van dominansie is verby, aanvaar dit. Dit gaan nou WP en Sharks wees wat domineer

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