WP wary of 'X-factor' Griquas

2012-09-20 20:54

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is wary of the threat that Griquas can pose in their Currie Cup encounter at Newlands on Saturday.

Griquas have reeled off three successive victories - against the Golden Lions (42-32 in Johannesburg) and at home against the Sharks (22-15) and the Blue Bulls (49-34) - which will give the men from Kimberley immense confidence ahead of their Cape Town trip.

"In this Currie Cup there are no big unions and small unions, this is strength-versus-strength," Coetzee told the WP Rugby website.

"It's a formidable Griquas side," he added.

"They've got experienced players who have played plenty of Currie Cup rugby and some of them Super Rugby as well. They have also got 'X-Factor' players if you think of (fullback) Willie le Roux there, he has really been one of the best attacking backs in the competition and (winger) Rocco Jansen.

"They're all hitting form at the right time and they have a big pack of forwards who will obviously lay a good platform for them, they have got a great driving maul.

"We're up against a good quality Griquas side and if you look at where we are in the competition this is a very important game for us. Of course, it's also a home game... (and) we want to get back to winning ways again."

WP lost 43-27 in an ill-tempered clash against the Sharks in Durban last week to surrender their top spot on the log. They currently sit third on the overall standings with 15 points, five behind the Golden Lions and Sharks. Only points difference separates WP and the fourth-placed Griquas which makes Saturday's clash all the more important for both sides.

Kick-off is at 15:00.


Western Province:

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Brache, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Jebb Sinclair, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Carstens, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Helmut Lehmann, 19 JJ Gagiano, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Gary van Aswegen
22 Damian de Allende


15 Willie le Roux, 14 Richard Lawson 13 Jean Stemmet, 12 Walter Venter, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Wesley Wilkins, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Martin Muller, 4 Ligtoring Landman, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2 Ryno Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Matthew Dobson, 17 Ivann Espag, 18 Edwin Hewitt, 19 Justin Downey, 20 Jacques Coetzee, 21 Marnitz Boshoff, 22 Luzuko Vulindlu


  • william.chestnut.33 - 2012-09-21 05:17

    BWA HA The only X they should worry about is the XX chromosome all their players have. It nearly looks like a 11, like in 11 years

      jed.vonallemann - 2012-09-21 08:11

      William, there's a tab for first division under the rugby tab. Why dont you piss off and go comment under there dutchman. Bull's have never won a Super rugby title with out a ref's assistance.

  • - 2012-09-21 07:35

    Dit gaan n baie goeie wedstryd wees, want beide spanne hardloop graag. Griekwas speel mooi rugby die jaar en as n eenheid maak dit hul nog beter. Hoewel hulle my Blou Bul span pak gegee het verwag ek egter dat die WP dalk net daai iets beter gaan wees more. Ek neem niks weg van WP nie, maar as daar nou een span is wat ek wil he goed moet vertoon is dit Griekwas, want hul toegewydheid en passie is n lus om te aanskou. Verbasend sukkel hul ook min met beserings wat die ander spanne so teister. Maar Nuweland is Nuweland, n wen daar is nie altyd maklik nie.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-09-21 09:34

    .....hoeveel rooi en geel kaarte gaan die Kaapse Vuilgatte teen die Griekwas kry....??? ...ek sien vuilgat Sinclair speel ook...

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-09-21 10:12

    WP better watch out cause if Griquas score early and get their nose in front they could be in for a pasting but the weather may play in WP's favour

      paul.sdoow - 2012-09-21 12:22

      with all the records of achievements etc what is the longest time any province has prevented a loss to another province on home ground. cause 101 years is surely up at the top? this is not a dig at bulls or any other province but more to see who holds that record.

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-09-21 11:22

    Gooi mielies, Vrystaaaat!!!!!! Moftus gaan weer huil die naweek, Coenie gaan hulle rol.

  • malcolm.lindsaypayne - 2012-09-21 11:42

    I rest my case, all some of these jokers do is use this media to show how ignorant they are by slanging each other and varios provinces.I dont see many rugby related positive or constructive comments coming forward only stupid, uneducated dribble. Most seem to forget that rugby is now a professional sport so it does not matter where each olayer comes from as they must go where they can make a living!!!!!!

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