Coach's Column
Whilst it is good to be the only unbeaten team and top of the log, the reality is we have a very tough 5 week stint ahead and the squads feet are very firmly grounded. No one is getting ahead themselves just yet! With Griquas (away), Blue Bulls (home), Sharks (away), FS Cheetahs (home) and Lions (away), we play the teams that currently occupy the next best positions on the log in the next few weeks. After this round of games we should have a very clear picture as to where we stand.

This week it’s Griquas in Kimberley. Our last 2 trips to Kimberley in the Currie Cup in 2008 and 2009 both resulted in 1 point losses for WP.

As a team we have grown a lot since then, but in Kimberley Griquas will be tough to beat. They already have the scalps of the Sharks and the Lions and will certainly have their crosshairs firmly focussed on Province. Sitting 3rd on the log they are riding a wave of positive momentum. A well coached, technically sound and balanced team, they know and play their home conditions well and will definitely target the home ground points on offer.

Province will look to focus on executing and playing to our own game plan. Crucial will be the minimisation of errors and capitalisation on opportunities as they present themselves. The squad has prepared really well this week and will travel to Kimberley under no illusions as to what awaits. We have a tough next phase of the competition and would like to maintain our winning momentum.
With Wicus back in the mix, our front row options are strengthened with JD, Wicus Tiaan and Brok all available. JC unfortunately picked up an injury and is unavailable. Again playing to our strengths we opted for a 5/2 bench split and Buhle Mxunyelwa, Maties and ex-Border tighthead gets a berth on the bench. Our other returning Bok, Flo, is also back for us this week, fresh from a rest week. In combination with Pieter Louw and Duane we have a very balanced trio capable of big things. Our other available Boks Juan and Gio get another run. It’s great to see a positive attitude from these returning players with all incredibly excited to play in the hoops. In our only other changes; Dewies returns at 9 after being precautionally rested last week after taking a knock as does Deon Fourie who covers hooker and De Kock who also returns from injury as lock cover.

Sticking with our policy of creating opportunities and blooding our younger players to ensure future depth, Nick Koster gets a shout in the match 22. He is a quality player and is offered an opportunity this week to make the step up from the U21 ranks.

Maintaining our early positive momentum is crucial to our greater goals and I firmly believe this team is in a great space and ready for the challenge.

Thanks for the enormous amount of support we continue to receive. It is appreciated by all.

Your Coach

Allister Coetzee
WP jou lekker ding!

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VODACOM WP ANNOUNCE TEAM TO PLAY THE GWK GRIQUAS IN KIMBERLEY

Vodacom WP coach Allister Coetzee today announced his team to take on the GWK Griquas in Kimberley on Saturday 7 August 2010. Kick-off is at 15h00.

Vodacom WP remain top of the log after Round 4 of the competition, but the Griquas are hot on their heels, just 3 points behind and will be formidable opponents at their home ground.

The team is as follows:

15. Conrad Jantjes
14. Gio Aplon
13. Juan De Jongh
12. Paul Bosch
11. Frikkie Welsh
10. Willem de Waal
9. Dewaldt Duvenage
8. Duane Vermeulen
7. Francois Louw
6. Pieter Louw
5. Anton van Zyl (Captain)
4. Adriaan Fondse
3. Brok Harris
2. Tiaan Liebenberg
1. JD Moller

Reserves:
16. Deon Fourie
17. Wicus Blaauw
18. Buhle Mxunyelwa
19. De Kock Steenkamp
20. Nick Koster
21. Conrad Hoffmann
22. Lionel Cronje

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