Rugby 1.4.2014 06:15 am

Winds of change in WP hierarchy

FILE PICTURE: Allister Coetzee Head coach during the Absa Currie Cup final match between DHL Western Province and The Sharks at DHL Newlands on October 26, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Luke Walker/Gallo Images.

FILE PICTURE: Allister Coetzee Head coach during the Absa Currie Cup final match between DHL Western Province and The Sharks at DHL Newlands on October 26, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. Picture: Luke Walker/Gallo Images.

The winds of change swept through Western Province rugby circles yesterday with radical streamlining ahead of hosting the Waratahs at Newlands in Super Rugby this Saturday.

While Allister Coetzee will remain coach of the Stormers side for now, former Springbok forward coach Gert Small was confirmed as the new director of rugby at Province, while Jos Robson could apparently take over as Currie Cup coach.

Smal has been given a three-year contract which commences today and will oversee all professional structures in the region.

Robson, coach of the Province Vodacom Cup side, has yet to be confirmed as the new Currie Cup coach, while Stormers assistant coaches Robbie Fleck and Matthew Proudfoot remain on their books for the time being.

The Stormers returned to South Africa on Sunday after their disappointing four tour losses in Australasia, but will only resume training today.

Coetzee believes they can still turn their season around despite their lowly 14th log position and five losses in six starts.

“Yes, it’s been a tough tour and, yes, we were unable to come away with a win on tour, but I still believe that we have the ability to beat any team. Unfortunately we’re still making the same mistakes at crucial moments,” he said. “It’s been our trend, but it’s something that we can rectify,” Coetzee said.

Meanwhile, the Cheetahs will be hoping prop Coenie Oosthuizen will be fit to face the Chiefs in Bloemfontein this weekend.

After enjoying a bye last week following their winless Australasian tour, Oosthuizen (neck) could return after coming home early from Down Under.

Other minor niggles to flyhalf Johan Goosen (wrist), props Caylib Oosthuizen (hamstring) and Maks van Dyk (slight concussion) shouldn’t keep them out of the game.

 

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