WP 'will deal with setback'

2012-10-18 07:45

Cape Town - Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says his beleaguered troops will soldier on despite another major injury setback.

Jean de Villiers on Wednesday became the latest Western Province Springbok to join the growing casualty list and will be out for the rest of the Currie Cup after he pulled up with a hamstring strain at training.

"Western Province captain Jean de Villiers will miss the remainder of the 2012 Currie Cup with a Grade One hamstring strain, but he is not considered doubtful for the Springboks' year-end tour of Ireland, Scotland and England next month," a statement from Western Province read on Wednesday.

De Villiers is the third WP Bok this week to be ruled out of Saturday's Currie Cup semi-final against the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.

His absence, coming hard on the heels of Andries Bekker and Tiaan Liebenberg's season-ending injuries, means WP will have to do without their first choice squad members.

But Coetzee says by now they are used to dealing with injury setbacks.

"We've had one setback after the other for some time now but we've dealt with it, and we'll deal with this setback too," Coetzee said.

"Marcel (Brache) comes in and he won't have a problem fitting in. He's played most of the season and he's really grown as a player.

"Last week he came on for 12 minutes against the Cheetahs and he's no stranger to the setup."

Coetzee also made a brave selection call at fullback where Gio Aplon has replaced Joe Petersen.

"We picked Gio because of how we want to play on Saturday," Coetzee explained.

"Gio has been our No 1 and Petersen has done well for us there in his absence."

In De Villiers's absence, flanker Deon Fourie will wear the captain's armband.

"We did not want to see Jean not being there for us because he brings so much experience and leadership to the party," Fourie said.

"We've now lost three players in a quick time and we'll have to wait and see how the incoming players step up to the plate."

Coetzee also confirmed that Bekker would be out for six weeks, while Liebenberg would be sidelined for eight weeks.


Golden Lions:

15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Jaco Taute, 12 Alwyn Hollenbach/ Dylan des Fountain, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Jaco Kriel, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 Franco van der Merwe, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Bandise Maku, 17 CJ van der Linde/Pat Cilliers, 18 Hendrik Roodt, 19 Derick Minnie, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Butch James, 22 Deon Helberg

Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Marcel Brache, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Don Armand, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Deon Carstens, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Damian de Allende, 22. Joe Pietersen


  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-10-18 07:52

    No set back!!! Blow for the Lions!!!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 08:04

      My gedagte ook!!!

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 08:37

      Vir seker, toe Jaques Fourie sy goedjies gepak het, dink ek hy't JdV se game ook ingepak!

      koos.vandermerwe.338 - 2012-10-18 08:55

      Het JdV ooit 'n game gehad?

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 09:00

      Koos, ja ek dink so. Saam met Fourie was hulle 'n goeie kombinasie!

  • nico.pretorius.946 - 2012-10-18 07:55

    GO LIONS!!!! Two more wins and the cup is ours ... AGAIN!!!

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-18 08:14

      Noooooooo go sharks! say after me s h a r ks ........there we go

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 08:17

      Ek stem Raven!!! As die bulls en die lions SOU verloor, dan is dit Go Sharks!!!!

  • marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-10-18 07:58

    De villiers leadership will be missed,but I prefer brache at centre.....

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 08:03

      Leadership??? Nou het ek alles gehoor!!!

      marius.potgieter.39 - 2012-10-18 08:32

      Are any of you better players,better captain ? Or did any of you play more games for the boks,cc team or super rugby team ? Or did you maybe tackle more oponents or even scored more tries than him ????? Why critisize a player if you are only sitting on coach watching the game while they are actualy playing the game at the highest levels..!!!!

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 08:37

      Ek is ja Marius!!!

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-18 08:45

      jinne maruis, pik gou n traan oor n comment. ek het nie die disclaimer gelees waar dit se jy mag net comment as jy meer as jean getekkel het nie. indien dit wel so is gaan ek gou in die straat stap, 12 hobo's tackle en dan kan ek weer kom comment.

      hvanderlinde - 2012-10-18 08:49

      Raven, the same leadership identified by Heyneke Meyer in selecting him as Springbok Captain

      jason.children - 2012-10-18 09:23

      Raven your hatred towards anything WP is amazing. JDV former IRB players player of the year. That is the award all players strive for. One of the most respected rugby players in world rugby. Liked by all his team mates. And you just casually and flippantly cast him aside as a nothing. The mind Boggles. but i have noticed over the last few weeks that you have proudly joined the ranks of the Trolls.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 09:26

      Jason, the same can be said about MS!!!! Just shoot everthing you had to get him out???

      jason.children - 2012-10-18 09:37

      I never bashed MS, please dont place me with the lot who did. I did however say that the Springbok Squad is no place to find form. I dont just slander players and opposition. But i do have an opinion. True rugby supporters have integrity, team spirit and respect for the opposition. We all expect a small ammount of digging leading up to big games, and i have often laughed at some of the funny things said. but you lot go way too far. You insult players you insult coaches. You cant wait to jump on anything WP and ruin the thread with the first 30 comments. Give it a rest guys. surely this is not how you were brought up?

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 09:42

      Jason, who takes more bashing than the Bulls, just a name please!

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-18 09:48

      wel met daardie weloortuigende redinasie moet HM dalk sy span heeltemal anders kies. BV: 1. Os du Randt (twee WC wenne) 2. Chral Marais (fs onder 21 speler van die jaar 1991) 3. Lood Muller (SA players of the year nominee 1993) 4. Frik Du Preez (rated as best Springbok Player of all times) 5. Quinton Davids (political choice) 6. Francois Pienaar (duuhhh) 7. Tiaan Strauss (sy engels is nou aansienlik beter) 8. Gary Teichman (sy afrikaans is nou aansienlik beter) 9. Dan Van Zyl (Ireland club player of the year 2004) 10. Naas Botha (nominee for NZ player of the year 1981) 11. Vlok Cilliers ( as daar n besering is in ander posisies kan hy skuif) 12. Jean de Villiers (IRB player of the year) 13. Danie Greber (Kings quota) 14. Mannetjies Roux (hy leef nog) 15. andre Joubert (RR) HAPPY NOW JASON???

      jason.children - 2012-10-18 09:53

      Im sorry there is no contest! all the Trolls on Sport24 act as Bulls supporters. Fact! Im a Stormer supporter, but some of my favorite players play for the Bulls. I dont wanna get caught up in your childish tit for tat BS. I just want to discuss rugby and have an intelligent conversation, whether we agree or not. This BS between WP and Bulls supporters is really pathetic, especially in a country where we have a lot more important things going on that require us to stand together. look I understand what the TROLLS are trying to do and thats trolling and i dont have to interact with them..............But Raven you used to discuss rugby, yes you are biased towards the Bulls because they are your team and thats great. but recently you dont even talk rugby you just slate WP. anyway thats my rant ive had my say. you lot enjoy the day and the rugby this weekend. SA Rugby will win in the end.

      bakkies.botha.39 - 2012-10-18 10:11

      Wrong Jason!!!

      jason.children - 2012-10-18 10:29

      The Answer to your question re MS is that i only decided in the last couple of days to start commenting again on the Rugby thread. As far as JDV being the worst springbok Capt ever......................thats not true, even Nick Mallet praised him for his decision making against the Wallabies. Although that wont mean much to you because you dont like Nick Mallett either because according to you he doesn't like the Bulls. Which is the worst and most untruthful statement yet.

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 13:43

      leadership?? di weepee?? ...daai ship het lankal al gesink ...daar onder daai platberg??

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 13:48

      @jason- ou perd, jy krack heeltemal te vinnig?? jy is presies soos weepee...geen BMT?? alles is 'n grap, 'n jy ni 'n goeie comeback het ni (soos weepee), vat dit op di kennebak, (soos weepee al vir di afgelope 101 jaar)??

      blou.johnny - 2012-10-18 13:55

      ...JdV... ...palooka brain dead captain.. ..useless...

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-18 16:12

      @jason Changing your profile pic does not make you less fat porker Jason, get on the treadmill.

      will.fischadler - 2012-10-19 21:20

      Jason I agree with you....but to discuss rugby with some of these Blou vulletjies is a total waste of good time....their team is like Mike Tyson was in boxing....yes he did win is so did they...but not with rugby...kicking and chasing....what we need in WP is to get rid of Fleck.....he is just not up for the task...but I firmly believe that the 11 years of waiting is over....we wont need excuses for the choking...they will win this year.....I actually prefer the team the way it is captain for Bakkies.botha.39...hmmm 39 your IQ....too high....and shy to show your face...been smashed up to many times in the pub with all the nonsense you talk I am sure...

  • chrisin.oz.1 - 2012-10-18 08:13

    Jean would be missed, but Deon Fourie is a very good leader and Brache is one of the three best centres in the currie cup this season.

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-18 08:53

      Deon Fourie is the best leader province had in years,Born 25 September 1986 In PTA, Schooled in Pietersburg,His idol is Victor Matfield.

      jason.children - 2012-10-18 09:26

      Chris we will miss his leadership. But i would rather have him on the end of year tour. Brache will do a job for us. And hopefully (and i cant believe im saying this) but hopefully the Bulls pull it off and we can have a home final against the old foe. My brain tells me the Sharks may be too strong at home though.

      paul.sdoow - 2012-10-18 10:28

      brache actually deserves this semi more than jdv only loss is not having duPlessis in the team too as he a natural outside centre where jdj and mb are gifted at inside

      yagyah.rabin - 2012-10-18 12:11

      Funny how the Bulls captain is from the province they are hating more than WP - KINGS Dewald Potgieter in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 13:59

      ek sien ou @chris is regtig 'n komediant?? niks wat di nar kwytraak, maak sin ni, maar partymaal snik & giggel 'n mens darem, terwyl jy wonder hoe so 'n arme skepsel deur di lewe kan beweeg sonder enige grysstof?? jy is seker 'n weepee ondersteuner??

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 14:05

      "My brain tells me..." moet ni na hom luister ni, @jason... hy lieg vir jou??

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-18 16:15

      Brache one of the best? BWA HA HA HA Sure chrissie, Riaan Cruywagen too

  • jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-18 08:16

    It's OK. They have been dealing with setbacks and failure for 11 years now.

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-18 08:26

      but spyker, the experience hasnt helped

      summer.mackenzie.96 - 2012-10-18 08:44


      dirkjohannes - 2012-10-18 10:22

      Sh*t Jimmy. Jy's nes Blou Johnny. Haak gedurig op een wysie vas. Amper soos die Nulle se spelpatroon. WP - Sharks final. Jammer dat ons nie die bulle in final sal kry nie. Moet maar settle vir n moeiliker final.

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 14:09

      @dirkie- dis mos nou ni blou.johny en jimmy wat vahaak ni.....dis weepee??

  • wayne.jacobs.374 - 2012-10-18 08:29

    Jean moes nooit eers laasweek gespeel het nie,Brache net soos Nick Groom,is n welkome verandering.Ek dink al ons nuwe of jong spelers bied iets meer as ons ervare spelers,min ervaring of te not,dis hoe mens ervaring opdoen.Almal was al moeg vir Dewald se doelose skoppe en jammer Jean maar die bal gaan te veel dood by jou.Al 4 spanne staan n goeie kans om die beker te wen.Bulle is altyd gevaarlik die tyd van die kompetisie,Sharks het heel jaar goed gelyk en nou ja Lions is ook uitstekend.Laat rugby seevier die naweek.

      henk.jacobs.39 - 2012-10-18 09:03

      Al 4 spanne het verseker 'n kans om die beker te wen...Jean is nie 'n groot loss op huidige vorm nie! Kan nie glo ek stem saam met 'n Arsenal & WP fan nie!

  • nico.eksteen.7 - 2012-10-18 09:06

    Province will miss the experience of the Boks on Saturday. De Villiers especially will be sorely missed. Brache has done well in most games but against the Bulls he was awful. Hope we don't get a repeat of that performance.

  • Sammy Willow - 2012-10-18 09:29

    both sides are desperate to go through to the final, province as they havent won anything in awhile and the lions to put the gross injustice of being relegated without having to play the kings for super rugby status. will be a game of heart

      jimmy.moustache.12 - 2012-10-18 09:50

      a while? couple of months is a WHILE. 11 years is an era.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-18 09:52

      Coeur de Leon?

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-18 10:13

      *Coeur de Lion

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-10-18 10:31

      Leon is die Franse spelling, maar Coeur de Lion is ook korrek :-)

      BlouMasjien1 - 2012-10-18 11:41

      Google translate sal dan moet op skerp :)

  • frankie.koen.9 - 2012-10-18 09:41

    Dankie tog Jdv is uit !! Nou is dit nog nt jy Allister wat moet loop en dan sal ons WP span erens kom!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 14:18

      wanneer daai platberg van julle verander in everest, of wanneer daai stinkagtige c-side water verander in sprankelende soet fontein water... DAN, het weepee 'n kans om di cc te wen en dan sal weepee ondersteuners gereken word as opgevoede, edele wesens??

  • jaco.gerber.338 - 2012-10-18 10:57

    @Spyker & @Raven.Jislaaik manne, julle laat ons Blou bulle fans onnosel klink. Ons besef die WP het sy uitdagings gehad met beserings en hulle het goed gevaar onder omstandighede.Die Bulle het karakter getoon om die semi's te haal. Hierdie twee spanne offer meer op vir SA-rugby as enige ander span die afgelope 50 jaar.Kom ons stop hierdie onnodige slegpraat die een van die ander.As die WP ondersteuners dan wil laag daal moet ons juis nie saam op daai vlak praat nie.Huidiglik lyk dit asof ons(soos julle twee tekere gaan) die laer vlak van intelligensie asook 'n groot tekort van sportmanskap toon. Ek weier om so 'n Bul-ondersteuner te wees.Mag die beste rugby Saterdag opgedis word en die beste twee spanne deurdring.Ek glo die Bulle het daai temperament om te wen.Go Bulle!

      apart1heid - 2012-10-18 14:23

      ek stem @jaco- jy't my nou omtrent in sak-en-as.... Ja my lippe prevel en my oe is nou vol trane,... maar toe dink ek weer... oor daai gestreepte onrein gediertes wat rondkruip onder di platberg???

  • jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-18 16:07

    Oh kyk, die verskoninkies rol al klaar in. Wat 'n grap is die provinsie nie

  • jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-18 16:57

    Hello almal Dokter wil net vir al my mental slawe hier, al die ou foxterriers wat ek al 100 keer elk in 'n hoek gedruk het se: Ek sal julle ongelukkig nie heeldag kan bless met my presence nie, dokter het 'n baie besige teater dag vandag. Sien julle binnekort julle outjies, dom daspoort, chrissie boy, daantjie le roux, stephen crybaby etc etc

  • mike.cambier - 2012-10-18 18:57

    I think the so called injuries to the bokke in the wp team , just before the semi final is nonsense , they just need their players for the end of the year overseas tournament , if you watch british soccer you will know that the Currie cup has become the equivalent to the carling cup , only the youngsters take part , and if a team gets knocked out in the 1st round , then so be it .

  • frank.schoombee - 2012-10-18 21:06

    Daar is net een P en dissie WP !!!

      jaco.schalkwyk.752 - 2012-10-19 00:20

      "P" vir phonder 'n koppie, dis reg, phonder tanne

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