Zondagh lauds new WP style

2012-09-05 07:30

Cape Town - Former Western Province coach Alan Zondagh has praised the Cape side after they outplayed the Blue Bulls playing an attractive brand of rugby.

WP and Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has come under fire this year for the "boring" brand of rugby his team played. For instance, the Stormers topped the Super Rugby log without scoring a four-try bonus point in any of their games.

But last week against their arch rivals, they surprised friend and foe with their style, thrashing the Bulls 42-6 in the process.

"I'm glad to see that they're playing with more freedom," Zondagh told Die Burger.

"To play like that you still have to do the basics well and they did just that. There was huge enthusiasm amongst the youngsters. I thought the Bulls would try to intimidate them physically but that didn't happen.

"Allister Coetzee can feel very chuffed. Hopefully this gives WP the confidence to stick with this type of game in future. They don't need to give up their rock-solid defence in the process."

Damian de Allende, WP's replacement wing who scored their fourth try, was a student at Zondagh's rugby academy last year - and his former mentor views him as a versatile player. "He can play outside centre or wing, but I sometimes used him as an inside centre because he has a good boot. He's also a good goal-kicker."

WP’s reserve scrumhalf Nick Groom - who replaced the injured Dewaldt Duvenage - had an outstanding game, providing an extra dimension on attack from the base of the scrum.

However, Zondagh - himself a scrumhalf in his playing days - says Duvenage shouldn’t be written off.

“He still has the best pass of any scrumhalf in South Africa. It’s accurate and quick. People blame him because he only distributes, but I think he was restricted to play according to a game plan. At school he was an attacking scrumhalf. He can do the same as Groom. He has all the skills.”

But Duvenage will have to wait until next year to prove his attacking credentials after scans revealed he broke his leg against the Bulls, which rules him out for the season.

WP take on the Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday. Kick-off is at 19:05.


  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-05 07:47

    Ja that was impressive, as a Bulls and rugby supporter it was nice to see a SA side playing like that. Reminded me of the old WP who knew how to score tries!!! We were never in the game from the kick off. Hope this spells something for the future of SA Rugby!!!!!! Well done Province you klapped us hard!!! Blou bul groete!!!!!!!!!!!!

      alfred.neuman.988 - 2012-09-05 10:05

      WP played well and so they should with so many good players. Having said that the Bulls looked decidedly jaded. If the Bulls had played at the level that they played at the week before against the Sharks then I think it would have been a much better game. Now it is up to WP to produce this kind of result consistently and show us that this wasn't just a flash in the pan.

      malcolm.lindsaypayne - 2012-09-05 10:13

      As a Stormer/WP supporter I am glad to see that there are Bulls supporters with a mindset aligned to rugby and not this crazy attack on individuals and other provinces. May the spirit of good Rugby prevail over the petty differences of some so called Rugby supporters!!!

  • king.stormer - 2012-09-05 09:03

    Hitting the hammer on the nail ou Allantjie.

  • stompies.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-05 12:26

    Moet die WP een ding krediete gee en dit is dat hulle uitstekende spin doctors het! Elke jaar wen hulle die SR en CC trofees na een wedstryd en nou het hulle 'n heel nuwe spelstyl na net een goeie vertoning teen 'n patetiese BB-span! Net jammer daar is nie 'n beker vir bogpraat nie, want dan was die trofeekas stampvol!

      jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-05 15:19

      Moenie suurgat wees nie tjom. Hulle was beter as ons en klaar!!!

      george.thysse - 2012-09-06 11:42

      Stompies, daar is 'n beker vir bogpraat. Hy staan in jou sitkamer al vir die laaste 13 jaar. Asseblief, gee krediet vir 'n fantastiese "game" deur WP. Soos Jaco gese het, dit herinner ons aan die dae wat WP nog driee gedruk het. Ons hoop net hulle kan bou op laas week se spel en dit deurvat tot die einde toe. As hulle dit kan doen dan staan die Currie Beker aan die einde van die jaar langs die Vodacom beker. Ongelukkig sal die bogpraat beker in Stompies Hatting se sitkamer bly want ek glo nie iemand sal hom hierdie jaar kan klop nie. Hy is definitief die kampioen van kampioene as dit by strontpraat kom.

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