WP welcome back Boks

2012-10-10 14:01

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has brought back all his Springbok players for Saturday's must-win Absa Currie Cup clash against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

Coetzee has made eight changes to his starting line-up from last weekend's clash in Pretoria with the introduction of Province's seven Springboks, including national skipper Jean de Villiers who takes over the captaincy from flank Deon Fourie.

"You've got to select your best possible side for the weekend," Coetzee said this week.

"It's completely different from last year, the mindset... everything.

"This is a crunch game for us, last year we had to play the Pumas and we had already qualified for the semi-finals.

"We have selected our best possible team to ensure we qualify for the semi-finals."

De Villiers will be joined in the starting line-up by fellow Boks, centre Juan de Jongh, wing Bryan Habana, eighthman Duane Vermeulen, locks Eben Etzebeth and Andries Bekker and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg.

Of the eight changes to the Province starting XV, one is positional with Don Armand shifting from lock to the back row.

Armand replaces the injured Tyrone Holmes at blindside, meaning there are five changes up front and three changes among the backs to the side that lost 26-13 to the Blue Bulls.

The only player without Super Rugby experience in the Province line-up is flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis.

Lock Eben Etzebeth will make his Currie Cup debut after appearing in 13 Super Rugby matches and eight Tests for the Springboks.

Meanwhile, Gio Aplon rejoins the matchday 22 on the bench after recovering from the ankle injury he suffered against Griquas three weeks ago.


Western Province

15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Don Armand, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Brok Harris, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Marcel Brache, 22 Gio Aplon

Free State Cheetahs

15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Nico Scheepers, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Andries Strauss, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Francois Uys, 6 Hendro Scholtz, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe

Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Ross Geldenhuys, 18 Waltie Vermeulen, 19 Davon Raubenheimer, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Philip Snyman, 22 Rayno Benjamin


  • orrinf8 - 2012-10-10 14:04

    come on Province, it's do or die time .. WP, JOU LEKKER DING !!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 14:07

      I think it DIE

      orrinf8 - 2012-10-10 14:10

      i hope it's DO !!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 14:17

      Good to see the main chokers are back.

      liesure.larry - 2012-10-10 14:19

      Can't see the Vrystaat winning this one Sorry...

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:37

      Cmon province make my weekend and lose

      francois.smith.7 - 2012-10-10 15:36

      Now, let us relook at the stupid penalty that Fourie conceded against the Lions. That would have put Provinve 3 points ahead on the log (if they drew instead of lost) - instead of 2 points. A loss by less than 7 now would have still in all probability led them to qualify, now it is a must win game. We know how WP province performs in must win games - they play not to loose and then end up .... loosing. Allister can you coach the team - that perplexing game against the Lions and the loss against them and still an almost uncanny ability to not score 4 tries....When you tell it like that, it is all coming back to me now.

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:19

      Maaksiek, things aren't going well for you and your team if your weekend is only made by the WP losing to another team than yours.

  • luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 14:07

    KINGS are waiting!!!!!!!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 14:55

      Ja ou Kots. Hul wag vir die bulletjies!!!!!!!!!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 14:59

      Ja ons gaan teen die Kings speel, in die 2013 Super Rugby Reeks!!!!!!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:01

      Dirk my bra, ek het n aansoekvorm vir jou, join my asb in die struggle, daar is net EEN voorwaarde, jou IK moet oner 10 wees, dan kan jy met alle liefde die KINGS ondersteun!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 08:20

      Dis nie nodig vir n vorm nie dirk, ek het klaar genoeg gesien. Welcome onboard!!!

  • spear.tackle.7 - 2012-10-10 14:08

    WP by 850

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 15:08


  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-10 14:09

    See my point??? Bulls Rush back SB- WP welcome back SB???? WP24!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 14:35

      Maak julle gereed vir n game teen die KINGS!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 14:52

      Die bulle gaan nie regkom teen die leeus nie. So, hoop hul geniet hul volgende game teen die queens wat die nulle n loesing gaan gee.

  • yagyah.rabin - 2012-10-10 14:10

    The backline looks better than Saturdays Springbok backline.

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 14:18

      Luckily we all have different opinions.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 14:36

      Wait till you see the backline of the MIGHTY KINGS!!!!!!!!

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 14:47

      It is a better backline because of the lack of pienkes in it.

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 14:57

      Waarheid maak vreeslik seer ou kots! Next!!!!!

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 14:57

      Dirk, hoeveel pies vreet jy per dag?

      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-10 15:02

      Spyker jou blou aap. Net so hartseer soos ou kots oor julle kings wedstryd. Goooooooo Lioooooonnnnns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:05

      Dirk kom sé dit voor my!!!! Ek kots op jou en die hele SA

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-10 15:20

      They look great on paper but could not score many tries this year. Maybe they will surprise us for a change?

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:23

      This luke idiot reminds me of someone. I wonder who?

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-11 08:21

      Ek weet nie oom se maar!!!!!

  • bertie.naude.35 - 2012-10-10 14:10

    Can't wait for the cheetahs to silence the Boolands crowd.

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 14:30

      To make this the best weekend of my life the Bulls must beat the Lions and the WP must lose. That is perfection

      lablue.phoenix - 2012-10-10 14:40

      Seriously, that would be the best weekend of your life? What a miserable life you should have then ...

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 14:44

      Go Cheatas!!!! Julle het darm ook vir die KINGS gevote!!!!!!!

      macziekpk - 2012-10-10 15:08

      THE BEST!!! Anytime WP lose and choke, it is the best weekend of my life

      chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-10 23:24

      Bertie kan ek vir jou 'n kaart stuur sodat jy weet wanneer jy in die Boland is en wanneer jy in die Kaap is volgende keer wat jy daar gaan vakansie hou?

  • Eddie.Minora - 2012-10-10 14:14

    Go WP!!! Mooi sterk span, sal miskien net probeer ontsla raak van die Kanadees op die bank en hom sommer terug stuur Kanada toe, en dan sou ek eerder vir Gio Aplon wou gesien het in pleks van Gerhard van den Heever. Wat is die kanse dat Vrystaat enige bal gaan kry in die lynstane?, bly om ons 2 yster slotte terug te sien in die span. Ons plaas ons vertroue op AC, WP jou lekker ding!!

      deon.fouche.3 - 2012-10-10 14:26

      Jy kan watter span op die veld laat draf, maar met n afrigter soos AC gaan daar nie veel aan nie! Volgende 11 jaar.... geen geheim nie, daar sal steeds geen bekers wees nie, nie solank hy die WP/Stormers afrig nie

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 15:15

      @eddie, nog altyd gewonder hoekom jy jou self "minora" noem, maar met van soos "Dicker" verstaan ek. @luke, province/wp/stormers=sinoniem met mof

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:59

      Bloumasien dit maak sin

  • gavin.spaz.taylor - 2012-10-10 15:11

    I still say this new Currie Cup format is the dogs bollocks. SARU should have kept at least 8 teams in the top tier. To think that Province Cheetahs or the Bulls stand a chance in dropping to the First Division is simply ludicrous. Imagine the financial implications and the long running Springbok implications if one of the bigger unions had to be relegated? Besides that, if there were still 8 teams, the Kings may have had a smoother transition into the Premier Division over a longer term. (They would have avoided relegation with games against the Pumas and Leopards). As it stands now, even if they make it through this year, they will probably be relegated at the end of 2013 after just a single season. If SARU had a little vision, they may have forseen this. Also, the top 5 teams at the end of the Currie Cup - irrespective of who they are - should be our representation in Super Rugby for that year.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:14

      Dis die laaste naweek van round robin matches, en enige span, selfs die koeie wat oner lé kan dit nog in die semies maak, waar wil jy meer opwinding as dit kry???

      macziekpk - 2012-10-11 07:32

      Hey spaz, dogs bollocks means something is the best. Now you know

      macziekpk - 2012-10-11 07:35

      Next time if you think something is bad, just call it bollocks and you won't look like a poephol

  • david.j.payle - 2012-10-10 15:23

    Now can the Real WP please stand up!!??

      spyker.oflanagan - 2012-10-10 15:31

      They always stand and choke.

      luke.watskots - 2012-10-10 15:31

      The real WP died with doc Craven!!!!

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-10 15:49

      @david, Sorry, Bro,WP Nell joined Edinburgh

  • sean.brady.14224 - 2012-10-10 15:43

    As an impartial spectator how can AC justify playing de Villiers, Habana, Bekker and Etzebeth? Especially with the rumours doing the rounds that Bekker and de Villiers are carrying injuries (minor or not). I realise that they need the win, but these guys are critical to success in Super 15 2013! AC tends to overplay his players all the time, which leaves them with no fuel in the tank come play-off time (next July). Some common sense has been ignored here...

      kaptein.spies - 2012-10-10 15:49

      @sean 11yr cupless is embarrassing

  • gavin.simpson.0 - 2012-10-10 18:12

    Go cheetahs go.....

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