No rush for Boks – Coetzee

Allister Coetzee. File picture: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee won’t rush all his returning Springboks back into the starting line-up for this weekend’s top-of-the-table Currie Cup decider against the Sharks in Durban.

The Boks are skipper Jean de Villiers, lock Eben Etzebeth, No 8 Duane Vermeulen, flank Siya Kolisi and centre Juan de Jongh. De Villiers, Etzebeth and Vermeulen have all carried heavy workloads and could earn a rest this weekend, but Kolisi and De Jongh could slot straight back in.

Coetzee, above, said that while he was pleased with the depth in his squad, he would assess his Boks on an individual basis – both from a mental and physical point of view. But De Villiers could return as captain in the semifinal next weekend, taking over from flank Deon Fourie.

Province are top, just a single point ahead of the Sharks, but they are still the only unbeaten side and are defending champions. The four-try bonus point was also the first time they achieved this in this year’s competition in beating the Lions 36-23 at Newlands last weekend.

“We’re the only unbeaten team in the competition and the bonus point has come at the right time for us, putting us on top with one round to play,” said Coetzee. “We’re very satisfied with the win. It was a good result for us against a good Lions team.”

But after holding a 19-point lead early in the second half, the now customary lapse happened and Coetzee said it needed to be addressed.

“We put ourselves under unnecessary pressure at times, but I was pleased with how we got out of it.”





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