Heinz Schenk
1 minute read
20 Aug 2014
1:35 pm

Continuity for WP in table-topping tussle

Heinz Schenk

There's a bit of a joke doing the rounds at Western Province regarding the fact that they've managed to carry over an injury-free match squad for the first time in two years.

FILE PICTURE: Allister Coetzee during the DHL Western Province training session and press conference. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images

Some have even labelled it historic.

Nonetheless, it places coach Allister Coetzee in the envious position of having crucial continuity for their top-of-the-table Currie Cup clash against the Lions at home on Saturday.

As a result, his match-22 remains unchanged.

Coetzee is wary of the threat posed by Johan Ackermann’s well-drilled, ambitious troops.

“The Lions represent a big test for us as they’re not scared to have a go with ball in hand, even from their own goal-line,” he said.

“I’d say they’re the overall favourites. They’re the pace-setters, they have a good set-piece and, like I said, they’re not scared to attack from anywhere. Yes, we are also unbeaten so far, but I’d like to see us become a bit more consistent… especially if you want to become the tournament pace-setters. So you can’t have any so-called ‘soft’ moments in your game.”

Western Province: Cheslin Kolbe, Kobus van Wyk, Juan de Jongh (capt), Michael van der Spuy, Seabelo Senatla, Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom, Nizaam Carr, Michael Rhodes, Siya Kolisi, Manuel Carizza, Jean Kleyn, Pat Cilliers, Stephan Coetzee, Alistair Vermaak.

Bench: Neil Rautenbach, Brok Harris, Ruan Botha, Rynhardt Elstadt, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Jaco Taute.