Bok predicts Koster breakthrough

Fri, 04 Jan 2013 09:49
Large nick koster h s Large nick koster runs Large nick koster presser2 Large nick koster630 Large nick koster presser3

Nick Koster has yet to make his Premiership debut, but the talented South African loose forward is earmarked  for a breakthrough at Bath soon.

Nick Koster has yet to make his Premiership debut, but the talented South African loose forward is earmarked for a breakthrough at Bath soon.

This is the view of his Bath teammate and Springbok loose forward Francois Louw, who expects Koster to make a big impact when he finally features in the Premiership.

Koster, like Louw, a former Western Province and Stormers star, arrived at The Rec in October.

However, an existing knee injury meant he was unavailable for selection during the first six weeks after the move and has so far been limited to two appearances in the European Challenge Cup competition.

Louw told the Bath Chronicle there is still plenty of time for Koster to come good.

"Nick's done very well coming back from an injury and performed pretty well in the two games he has played against Calvisano," Louw said.

"He scored a brilliant try on his debut but that was only showing just a little bit of what he can bring to the table," the 17-times capped Bok flank told the Bath Chronicle.

Koster gave a hint of his class in Bath's 67-11 win over Calvisano last month, when produced a superb solo try. The 23-year-old South African received the ball inside the Bath half from Sam Vesty and showed his pace to sprint away from the chasing defence to cross in the corner.

"I know what he can do," Louw said, adding: "I played with him at Stormers back in South Africa and he had lots of good games there, so I'm very excited to have him here.

"All the guys have shown a liking to him. He's a positive player, a good loose forward and someone who can add a lot of value to the club.

"Nick has got a lot of talent and can bring a lot to Bath, and I believe he will bring a lot.

"I'm looking forward to seeing him on the pitch again because he had a long-term knee injury which held him back a bit.

"He's easing back into it and there's definitely a lot more to come from him."

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
Edinburgh v Ospreys 19h35 Myreside
Ulster v Treviso 19h35 Kingspan Stadium
Connacht v Zebre 19h35 Ascoli Piceno
Sale Sharks v Northampton Saints 20h15 AJ Bell Stadium
Sat, 04 March 2017
Hurricanes v Rebels 04h15 Wellington
Highlanders v Crusaders 06h45 Dunedin
Brumbies v Sharks 08h45 Canberra
Sunwolves v Kings 10h55 Singapore
Lions v Waratahs 13h05 Johannesburg
Leicester Tigers v Exeter Chiefs 15h00 Welford Road
Gloucester v Harlequins 15h00 Kingsholm
Bath v Wasps 15h00 Recreation Ground
Glasgow Warriors v Dragons 15h00 Scotstoun Stadium
Worcester Warriors v Bristol 15h00 Sixways
Stormers v Jaguares 15h15 Cape Town
Cardiff Blues v Munster 17h15 BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park
Cheetahs v Bulls 17h30 Bloemfontein
Leinster v Scarlets 19h35 RDS Arena
Sun, 05 March 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Saracens 15h00 Kingston Park
Mon, 06 March 2017
UP-Tuks v CUT-Ixias 14h45 Pretoria
UKZN-Impi v UWC 16h30 Durban
WSU v CPUT 16h30 Mthatha
Fort Hare v TUT 16h30 Davidson Stadium
NMMU-Madibaz v UJ 16h30 Port Elizabeth
NWU-Pukke v Wits 16h30 Potchefstroom
Shimlas v Maties 17h00 Bloemfontein
PREMIERSHIP
MORE LOGS
Team P W D L Pts
Wasps 16 12 1 3 60
Exeter Chiefs 16 9 3 4 54
Saracens 16 11 1 4 53
Bath 16 10 0 6 48
Leicester Tigers 16 10 0 6 47
Northampton Saints 16 8 0 8 39
Harlequins 16 8 0 8 37
Newcastle Falcons 16 7 0 9 36
Gloucester 16 5 2 9 34
Sale Sharks 16 5 1 10 29
Worcester Warriors 16 3 2 11 19
Bristol 16 3 0 13 17