WP rest their Lion tamers

2011-08-22 20:05

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee took precautionary measures on Monday, giving his Lion tamers a break from training in order to manage his Currie Cup squad.

It appears that Province paid a heavy price for snapping the Lions' unbeaten Currie Cup run at Newlands on Friday night, given their list of injuries after the match.

Captain Deon Fourie fractured his nose and will be out of action for two weeks. Loose forward Pieter Louw picked up severe bruises in his rib cage and it is likely that he will miss out on Friday's match against the Pumas in Witbank.

"There were just far too many niggles in the side after the Lions match and it's not surprising because we've played the Bulls, the Cheetahs and the Sharks on the trot," said Coetzee.

"So that's a tough sequence of matches and it's our way of managing the squad.

"It was important that the players had a break, and I'm sure they'll be strong for training on Tuesday."

Coetzee said he was pleased with his defence at the weekend, but was disappointed that his team gave away two soft tries.

"Our scrums were good and the same could be said about our work rate and attitude," said Coetzee.

"It was pleasing to see the commitment and it was never a case of taking anything for granted. We looked good with ball in hand, and we were effective at breakdown.

"This team hasn't played to its full potential yet."

Coetzee said this Friday's match would test his squad's mental strength, and he assured there would be no complacency.

"When you look at the results there (in Witbank) you'll notice how many close games have been played there," he said.

"Province won't make the mistake of just pitching up for this game."

Coetzee paid tribute to the contributions of returning Springboks Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh in his team's match-winning performance.

"Aplon and De Jongh had a big impact on our performance and they showed their worth as Springboks," said Coetzee.

"They showed that they want to perform well in the Western Province jersey."


  • Steyts - 2011-08-22 20:39


      Rob Rabbit - 2011-08-22 21:02


      WPBLIKSEM - 2011-08-23 09:10

      WP jy IS en SAL ALTYD 'n LEKKA DENG WEES!!!!!!!! WP forever and EVA!!!!!!!!!

      kosie - 2011-08-23 10:19

      WP hasn't played up to its potential in ten years....

  • Bandleader - 2011-08-22 22:00

    This is a thinking coach. He's looking at the bigger picture with good player management and rotation where possible. Now just get a cup for WP, Allister!

      Jay - 2011-08-23 12:10

      SA Conference Cup holders for 2011 already, theres a cup!

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-22 22:30

    What's with the "Lion Tamers" headline?.........They were lucky to win in the first place and secondly they had Springboks in their side and the Lions did not! They could not tame pussy if they were lucky! Go Lions!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-08-22 22:32

      Ken, don't get me wrong. I absolutely hate WP, but at least they HAVE Springboks. It's nobody else's fault the Lions can't produce any.

      Northern Stormer - 2011-08-22 22:49

      Well said Bull !!!!!!!!!!!

      Ken J May - 2011-08-22 22:49

      @Bulldozer..What I meant in my comment was that they were expected to win by everybody, it's not like they went out there and beat the world champions! I don't really hate them, I was born in CT otherwise I'm perfectly normal!!

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-08-22 23:04

      Ken, WP were not expected to win. Half their team are still in nappies......and expected to beat a full S15 team, albeit, an unsuccessful S15 team!

      Ken J May - 2011-08-22 23:09

      @Bulldozer....I can almost take you a bet that the Lions produced more new Bokke than any other franchise in the last 5 years! (note I said new and not in the past)....The sad part is that we can't keep them!

      Steyts - 2011-08-22 23:32

      Really??? In the last five years? The Lions the most? Who might they be? I would like to know because when it comes to making new springboks then there is a school in Bloemfontein who does a pretty good job.. And bloemfontein falls under the cheetahs.. I reckon the WP sharks cheetahs and the bulls have all delivered more new springboks than the lions...

      Ken J May - 2011-08-22 23:53

      @Mike@CapeT.....Your comment is exactly what I expected, we are only a weak S15 team because of all the poaching by other provinces, every year we have to start with a new team, our venue is in the ass end of Joburg, nobody wants to go there but it's all we've got, we've got no funds to keep the players in the province, and yet you still think we are bad at the game! But when our players play for WP they are all of a sudden good enough! Go Lions!

      Chris in Oz - 2011-08-23 01:10

      The Lions producing the most new Boks than any other franchise? Really? Seems you forgot about the Free State.

      Rugby Rocks - 2011-08-23 06:16

      Ken J May : The Lions don't actually have any Springboks !!!

      Punter - 2011-08-23 07:03

      They were lucky you scored an intercept try 90m out & JJ slipped then a loose pass for your other try get a life you weren't even suppose tobe in the game and that for a S15 team

      Leftyloosy - 2011-08-23 08:29

      Lions were lucky to be in the game. you forgetting your lucky tries. or maybe luck only goes one way.

      jk - 2011-08-23 08:31

      dozer- you finally start seeing the light...

      Jay - 2011-08-23 12:18

      BULL, do you hate WP or do you hate WP supporters. you see I dislike alot of BB supporters because of the arrogant attitude, im not talking about people on this forum because i believe alot of the things said are only to get a rise out of opposition fans. I support the Boks so therefore by association I support certain payers in the Bulls. But I have friends who are BB supporters and i will not watch rugby with them, while the Bulls are playing god help you if you make a comment or make a noise, but as soon as the Stormers / WP play then they are cheering for the other team. These BB supporters live in Cape Town and most of them have never even been to Pretoria. The fault lies with us supporters, not the players playing the game.

      supporter - 2011-08-23 15:58

      and they had marius jonker to help

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-23 07:10

    Seriousely are they going to rest Marius Plonker?

      CliffB - 2011-08-23 13:05

      BLOODY AGENT : Hey , go chase your Rhino's & lions & stuff, you know nothing about rugby !!!

  • Draconian - 2011-08-23 16:36

    WP hardly tamed the Lions? to lose by 2 points? please, what kind of article is this? oh i forgot, WP need all the support they can get!!! " GO LIONS!!! "

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