WP's flyhalf crisis deepens

2011-07-18 16:50

Cape Town - The flyhalf jinx came back to haunt Western Province on Monday when it was established that Gary van Aswegen had suffered a torn ligament in the match against Griquas over the weekend and consequently will be out of the game for at least two months.

Van Aswegen was the only fit flyhalf in the Province squad when the season kicked-off on Saturday, all the No 10s were injured earlier in the year during the Super Rugby season.

The first-choice flyhalf Peter Grant has returned to Japan for a club stint and the back-up pivots Kurt Coleman, Lionel Cronje and Sam Lane are all on the injured list.

To add insult to injury, the makeshift flyhalf who operated at No 10 on occasions, scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage, is also on the injured list.

Allister Coetzee said he was devastated when the doctor told him that Van Aswegen had torn a cartilege in his knee.

"It's a major blow for the team and the player himself," said Coetzee. "He already suffered a knee injury earlier this year and so far he's only been able to play three matches since the start of the year.

"It was a freak accident that caused the problem as an opponent landed badly on his knee after making a tackle.

"He'll be in a leg brace for two weeks and then be in rehab for another six weeks. "He was doing so well after coming back from his first injury and it wasn't a case of him returning to action so soon.

"It's also a major psychological blow for his morale as he was looking forward to the Currie Cup season and now it's time for him to have a complete break and spend time with his family."

Isma-eel Dollie and Demetri Catrikilis are the two flyhalves in the running to take their place against the Leopards at Profert Olen Park, Potchefstroom, on Friday night.

Dollie, who has played Currie Cup rugby for Province and Boland in the past, has experience on his side and should get the nod.

However, Coetzee said that he was hoping that Duvenage will regain to full fitness this week so that he could be considered for the Leopards clash.


  • Pears - 2011-07-18 16:59

    Even as a Bull supporter I must admit Gary looked real good on Saturday. Bad about his injury though, second one this year. I hope injuries doesnt affect him too much in his career as he seems to be a future Bok!

      BLOUBOK - 2011-07-18 19:45

      Here is the WP chance to buy Earl Rose from Griquas.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-19 00:31

      Bloubok, we'll buy him and send him your way with our heartfelt compliments! On a more serious note: I really hope Gary will not turn out to be a second Andre Pretorius, e.g. injury ridden! Pears, I believe that he could turn out to be a rare talent at flyhalf - hopefully eventually better than anybody else South Africa has at the moment! He is still inexperienced and will, therefore, make some mistakes of judgment initially; but I believe he has lots of flair and talent. I think we are very fortunate to have him in the WP. Thank you for acknowledging the young man's talent when it would have been so easy to play it down!

      MikeDownUnda - 2011-07-19 01:00

      @ Bloubok - Is jy gesuip? Earl wou die WP verlaat ... so sy moer! Hy is nie naby goed genoeg nie!

      BlouBos - 2011-07-20 20:42

      The WP also got a crisis on scrumhalf, go and buy Bolla Conradie back from the Boland.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 17:00

    Sorry to hear. I truly hope we don't have another Andre Pretorius situation. This laaitie is one of the more likeable WP players. Let's hope he can get out of the Province before he becomes 'one of them'.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-07-18 18:30

      @Lloyd - of for the love of Francois Brummer mate. Gary is already "one of us" - leave the kid be. He is happy here. I doubt Gary would fit in up north old chap - he passes and runs far too much....... @Kaapie - I felt sorry for Dimitri having to make his Vodacom Cup debut in the knockout stages when Coleman moved up to the S15 team. He was thrown in the deep end bigtime, and struggled a little. BUT he is extremely talented, and proved it throughout the varsity cup. With an extended run at 10, he will cruise....but I reckon they will play Dollie.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 19:01

      I commented on another article that watching these youngsters play was about 154% better than watching the defensive obsessed Stormers backline.

      BlouBos - 2011-07-18 21:50

      SUFFER-CAT - i Agree with Bulldozer, if this laaitjie is serious about his future he must immediately move up North. The Bulls will make him s Springbok, not a has-been like the WP is currently doing.

      Brannas - 2011-07-18 22:06

      Absolutely no depth in that province whatsoever. But they can still get hold of Rose and maybe they can try January at fly half, so it is not all doom and loom for the WeePee, still some options there, Bhahahaha.

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-19 00:45

      Bulldozer, Bloubos, it's like looking at a Ferrari through the showroom window and not being able to afford it, né! How does it feel to know this youngster is out of your league? You keep your hands off our boy! If you need a flyhalf, buy Rose - he's up for sale! You already have Morné Steyn, and Hougaardt is a capable stand in. What does the Bible say about the rich man who took the poor man's only ewe lamb?

      Whoosa - 2011-07-19 05:34

      Yes kleinbrein, speaking of not being able to afford a Ferrari - Province could not dash out the cash to affrord the 2 Ferraris in JJ and Sadie ne? But lets not get carried away from the fact that this guy has some talent!

      Whoosa - 2011-07-19 06:49

      @ Saffa -" he passes and runs far too much" - then it would we good for his career to move elsewhere seeming that province's try scroing record of late has been the worst of all the SA teams.

      jk - 2011-07-19 08:25

      all you bulls are talking rubbish again!! why on earth would he want to go and kick balls downfield in pretoria!?? at least here he can be creative and think for himself. waked up bulldozertjie son!!

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-19 08:25

      Kleinboet, ek sal eerder die laaitie compare met die prancing horse op die Ferrari se grill. Op hierdie stadium is dit al.

      saliem - 2011-07-19 12:55

      Newsflash for you @Bull... Service announcement from Multichoice - All Blue Bull games will no longer be shown on Supersport channels as Supersport is the Channel of Champions... Blue Bull games will be moved to the History Channel.

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-19 13:01

      Saliem, newsflash for you. That joke was funny about a month ago.

      saliem - 2011-07-19 13:04

      Ok @Bull... so why do you continue to give us your "selective" history lesson? :P

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-19 14:34

      Because it's actually true, whereas your comment was proven wrong when the Ble Bulls/Sharks game was actually aired on SS1. Nog iets?

  • Kaapie - 2011-07-18 17:05

    Catrikillis is a soud kicker at goals and out of hand and not a bad distributor at all..

      PANNEVIS - 2011-07-18 18:17

      Mark my words - he is the better than those that are injured. With his temperament we are about to see a new star.

  • Bulldozer - 2011-07-18 17:08

    Shame man, die laaitie is nou eers 21 en die WP het hom al klaar n hasbeen gemaak.

      StBad - 2011-07-18 17:44

      Mate, you have no idea?

      Kleinboet - 2011-07-19 00:50

      Hey, it's the opposition that employ tactics that makes a player a hasbeen! Gary is playing FOR the WP, not AGAINST them. He is a target because he is so damn good. (Just joking: it wasn't foul play that injured Gary!)

  • dassie - 2011-07-18 18:48

    that will teach you to steal cheeta players.....

      dassie - 2011-07-18 18:50

      Willem De Waal etc...

      The Dutchman - 2011-07-19 07:03

      Uuumm, the Cheetahs stole de Waal from WP... he then went over seas and when he came back, the Cheetahs said they have no space for him, so he went to WP... people like you give the Cheetah Supporters a bad name.

  • - 2011-07-18 20:28

    Typical WP, thinking of playing a scrumhalf out of position. How must the flyhalves waiting in the ranks feel. Please choose a flyhalf, be it Dollie or Dimitri, but heavens sake, not a scrumhalf. This is an opportunity to develop more deph in that position.

      BlouBos - 2011-07-18 21:55

      Dollie, Dimitri - sounds like Tjech mafia and gang members.

      Oukoos - 2011-07-18 22:02

      @Rugbylover, waarom so eenogig? Het jy negatiewe kommentaar oor Francois Hougaard (volgende jaar die nommer 1 skrumskakel in Suid-Afrika) se talle wedstryde vir die Bulle op vleuel gehad? Ek dink nie so nie. Duvenage is 'n uitstekende losskakel, dalk selfs beter as Peter Grant. Dollie is 'n never-been en Dimitri is nog nie opgewasse vir Curriebekerrugby nie.

      jk - 2011-07-19 08:41

      rugbylover- read my lips-5 no 10's are out, WE DONT HAVE A CHOICE!!!!!

  • bullincapeto - 2011-07-19 09:44

    Shame, I dont often feel sorry for the WeePee but this is bad news, the other time I felt sorry for you guys was when Mr Crocket and co were raping tiny little Brok.

      jk - 2011-07-19 10:34

      no need to feel sorry, we talking about western province rugby, the oldest and rich with culture, you can go on as you wish, you oaks cant compete... beat you twice in 2011...

      Bulldozer - 2011-07-19 12:09

      You beat us once, we beat you once.

  • Kok - 2011-07-19 12:17

    All the positions are in a mess if you ask me. This team should have attended the Crusaders' training sessions earlier this year. They could have learned alot of things about rugby.

      saliem - 2011-07-19 13:20

      Maybe the Saders should have attended the Reds training sessions bro. My advice to you is to pick a number and join the FAR Q :P

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