WP scrum: Coach not worried

2012-10-24 07:42

Cape Town - Western Province forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot says he's not too worried about his young front row ahead of the Currie Cup final against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.

There's been a lot of talk about a possible struggle in that department for the Capetonians - who are expected to field youngsters Steven Kitshoff, Siyabonga "Scarra" Ntubeni and Frans Malherbe for the Kings Park showpiece.

There the young trio - all 21 years and under - will come up against a much more experienced Sharks front row, which includes Springboks Beast Mtawarira and Jannie du Plessis - who is reportedly expected to be ready despite suffering concussion last week.

WP struggled at scrum time in their semi-final against the Lions last week, and it was also in that department where the Sharks got the better of the Stormers in the Super Rugby semi-final earlier this year.

However, Proudfoot has assured concerned WP fans that they've assessed the situation thoroughly.

"We have a few plans that we've worked on," he told the Beeld website. "But firstly, it's about technique, confidence and solid, hard co-operation. I have faith in Frans Malherbe. He's starting to develop nicely and has all the capabilities."

The coach did acknowledge the threat the Sharks poses and admitted they'll be travelling to Durban as underdogs.

"The Sharks are a fantastic team. Very few teams have managed to make the Super Rugby and Currie Cup finals (in one year) - it's a huge achievement. I wouldn't argue that they're the favourites."

The clash at Kings Park kicks off at 17:00 on Saturday.


  • ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-24 07:53

    Experience vs the exuberance of youth - IMO, experience will triumph! Besides, it is the Springboks (front row) vs WP - I say go Bokke - oops I mean Sharks. I'm really going to enjoy this game, less stressful to watch and let's hope for a good one that lives up to all this hype! WP supporters, its not going to be easy, the Sharks don't easily get thumped in the Shark tank.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 08:01

      ReneMuller.XIXIXI. Look at the teams. One half of the Boks will be playing against the other half, while the useless players in the Bok team who sat on the bench and in the stands watching the games this season will do the same this weekend, since the Sharks kicked them out of the CC last weekend.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-24 08:09

      @Chris, your point??? Hmmm, lets check quickly, it is a 'scrum match up' not a 'team match up' article or did I miss something?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 08:10

      And another thing, the Sharks have lost three CC finals in the Shark Tank. Twice against WP.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-24 08:12

      Rene, as much as I am delighted that the sharks are in the final, there is a part of me (a very small part) that is envious of you being able to watch without emotion. I am nervous as hell, and its only Wednesday! Will be a massive clash, and there is no shadow of a doubt that the talk of favourites matters little, because the job still has to be done on the field

      jacques.duplessis.566148 - 2012-10-24 08:16

      Rene, hoekom comment jul klomp Bulls supporters op WP berigte. Dieselfde met die Super rugby. Jul span is UIT ALWEER. Gaan spreek eerder jou misnoee uit op die Spies berig. Dank vader sit julle met hom opgeskeep tot 2015. En ons ander spanne is egter baie bly. n onder vorm Bulls kaptein(3de rangs actually). Thanks alot mr Van Graan ons like jou.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-24 08:21

      Travie, LoL but that is a good 'nervous feeling'! In all honesty, the pendulum is swinging in favour of the Sharks, it must be. The Sharks have beaten the WP/Stormers 3 x this year (at Newlands and Shark Tank), you playing at home, huge advantage. But yes, that all means nothing come Saturday and the team who wants it most and playing with heart & soul will be victorious.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-24 08:23

      @chris, then you have nothing to worry about then, don't you think?

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-24 08:24

      Travie get some balllls and support your team!!!!

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-24 08:25

      @jacques, ek sien die senuwees vreet so bietjie. No one is forcing you to read my comments, skip it and move on. Have a lovely day!!

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 08:28

      Rene.XIXIXI, I have plenty to worry about. WP's recent record against them, the Sharks are the in-form team, WP's scrummaging, etc. So I just hope the Sharks are as overconfident like all their pink supporters in Tshwane, then the WP can possibly cause the upset.

      ReneMuller.XOXO - 2012-10-24 08:38

      @chris, anything can happen on the day! Not much of a difference between the 2 sides - BUT the Sharks have the mental edge here and home advantage. The mental edge is basically because they've beaten the Stormers in the play-offs at Newlands and then in the CC round robin games won both. Surely that must be in the back of the WP players mind? If WP can overcome that, it will be MAJOR for them.

      shaun.reece.3 - 2012-10-24 09:38

      It looks like its going to be a bridge too far for WP this year but this squad has massive potential and anything can happen on the day. To think that WP are missing the likes of Schalk Burger, Nizaam Carr, Nick Koster, Dewaldt Duvenage, Siya Kolisi, Rynhardt Elstadt, Kurt Coleman, Jean de Villiers, Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg but they have still made the finals so its really good experience for the youngsters facing a springbok front row. Even in the super rugby competition the Stormers were heavily depleted due to injuries and had to rely on club players but they were still crowned conference champs. Consistency is the key and its only a matter of time until we win a major trophy so I'm not too worried if we lose on Saturday.

      TravieGrif - 2012-10-24 10:00

      I support Sharks 100%. Doesn't mean I am going to count my chickens and shout my mouth off. I have respect for Province, and have no problem saying that. Sharks forever.

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-24 07:58

    Well, I am worried, Matthew. Earl Rose scrums better than Frans Malherbe.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-24 14:15

      that's okay cause malherbe can kick better than rose and all the players drive better than rose too

      sean.shagley - 2012-10-24 20:04

      @dnar paul Not your funniest chirp ever

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-24 08:21

    "We have a few plans that we've worked on,"??? Unless this plan is to pack 2 extra props it won't work.

      clint.rusford.3 - 2012-10-24 08:43

      Eish can't help but laugh. I'm a neutral supporter that just wanna watch the game to enjoy a good game of s.a rugby at its best. But cum on nw pls. What kinda plan could ther b worked on? Are they gonna poke the beast in the eye at scrum time or what? Because jannie a qualified docter and da problem will b sorted out kwik kwik. Seriously nw. I tink wer the crucial difrence between the 2teams will b lays in the xperience they posses sir. Thers no magical plan that can combat xperience and that's gona b applicable wen u put 3 youngsters up against the beast and co.!!

  • paul.nel.376 - 2012-10-24 08:30

    All front rows struggled against the Lions this year! But the Stormers driving with their forwards had impressed. May the best team win Saturday!

  • sydney.campbell.7758 - 2012-10-24 08:49

    Im so confident that the Sharks gona take it this year that Ill go ahead and predict sharks by 12! Sharks for life!

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-24 13:50

      province by 8

  • sydney.campbell.7758 - 2012-10-24 08:49

    Sharks gona teach WP a lelike lesson!

  • aubrey.gloster - 2012-10-24 08:50

    As jy weet jou skrum gaan disintegreer help dit nie jy worry daaroor nie want jy kan in elk geval niks daaraan doen nie. Dit is soos Jean De Villiers. Hy het nog nooit 'n beker gewen by WP nie en sal ook nooit een wen nie. Why worry?

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