Double boost for Province

Mon, 20 Aug 2012 16:55
Large kolisi crash630 Large allister coetzee reads 630 Large jdj 630

Western Province received a double boost on Monday when Springbok squad discards Juan de Jongh and Siya Kolisi reported for training.

Western Province received a double boost on Monday when Springbok squad discards Juan de Jongh and Siya Kolisi reported for training.

While both players will be disappointed to have missed out on travelling to Argentina with the rest of the Bok squad, Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is ecstatic at having two of his best players available for the clash with the Golden Lions in Johannesburg this weekend.

Coetzee has had his loose forward stocks decimated by injury this year, so he will be particularly excited about having Kolisi to call on, whilst De Jongh will add some vital experience to the midfield.

"It is sad to see them out of the national squad, but at the same time I'm glad to see them back in Province colours," said Coetzee.

"The Lions are the one team with a near Super Rugby side and they are, after all, the Currie Cup champions. They will be ready for us at Ellis Park, and we understand it is never easy [playing] there, so it's great to have them back."

Outside centre De Jongh and openside flanker Kolisi will provide the Province team with a significant boost in the backline and the breakdown.

Province struggled in those areas against Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday.

Wing Ederies Arendse, who sustained an ankle injury against Griquas, is still a doubtful starter for the Lions encounter.

"Ederies' ankle is still badly bruised and I want to give him as much time as possible to recover," said Coetzee. "His condition showed big improvement over the past 24-hours and it will be good for his development to get straight back into the action."

Should Arendse not be declared fit, Coetzee is likely to move fullback Gio Aplon to the wing. Fullback Joe Pietersen is still out injured and likely to be ready for action in only two weeks' time, when Province host the Blue Bulls at Newlands.

Captain Deon Fourie sat out at training on Monday as a precautionary measure to ease his ankle injury. "Deon's ankle won't be a problem and he'll be fit to play," said Coetzee.

"He'll be back in training on Tuesday."

It is likely that Province will rest first-choice scrumhalf Dewald Duvenhage.

"I was very impressed with Louis (Schreuder) and the way he slotted in. It's the one position we are able to rotate, and it will be good to have him running out again," said Coetzee.

Province hooker Tiaan Liebenberg has joined the Boks in Argentina, opening the way for hooker Siyabonga 'Scarra' Ntubeni to get some game time against Griquas.

"Scarra was very competitive at breakdown time and he went well in the set-piece," said Coetzee. "It's been tough for him because he's had to play behind Deon and Tiaan for some time, but he's doing well."

Also in action at Monday's training session was loose forward Nick Koster, who has been on the sidelines since he picked up a knee injury against the Reds in Australia, in April.

"Koster is still not running comfortably and he's just being eased into action again," Coetzee said.

"In about two weeks' time I'd like to see him have a run in a club game to help his match fitness."

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 20 April 2018
Blues v Highlanders 07h35 Eden Park
Waratahs v Lions 09h45 Sydney
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 21 April 2018
Crusaders v Sunwolves 07h35 Christchurch
Reds v Chiefs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Bulls v Rebels 13h05 Loftus Versfeld
Leinster v Scarlets 14h30 Dublin
Sharks v Stormers 15h15 Durban
Zebre v Ospreys 16h45 Parma
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 17h05 Kingspan Stadium
Sun, 22 April 2018
Brumbies v Jaguares 06h05 Canberra
Racing Metro v Munster 14h15 Paris
Fri, 27 April 2018
Wasps v Northampton Saints 22h00 Ricoh Arena
London Irish v Saracens 22h00 Madejski Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 22h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Bath 22h00 Kingsholm
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 22h00 Sandy Park
Kings v Cheetahs 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Harlequins 22h00 Sixways
Dragons v Scarlets 22h00 Rodney Parade
Edinburgh v Glasgow Warriors 22h00 Myreside
Cardiff Blues v Ospreys 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Connacht v Leinster 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Ulster 22h00 Thomond Park
Treviso v Zebre 22h00 Stadio Monigo
CURRIE CUP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 12 10 0 2 47
Western Province 12 7 0 5 37
Golden Lions 12 6 0 6 35
Blue Bulls 12 5 0 7 32
Free State Cheetahs 12 6 0 6 31
Pumas 12 4 0 8 27
Griquas 12 4 0 8 26