If you ask any Vodacom WP fan, they would no doubt be incredibly delighted with the start that the team has made to the 2010 Currie Cup campaign. Unbeaten, top of the log and leaders in points scored and fewest points conceded will have left Allister Coetzee in a very strong position after 5 weeks of action. This weekend, the boys will put their proud record on the line when they take on defending champions and rivals the Vodacom Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.
Not underestimate new Bulls combinations
Flyhalf Willem De Waal knows exactly what it takes to beat the Blue Bulls. The 32-year-old played, and defeated the men from Pretoria in several Currie Cup clashes during his successful spell at the Free State Cheetahs. Speaking to the Club Newlands Ezine, De Waal thinks that this weekend’s clash will be a huge test despite the major losses in personnel that the opposition has suffered to Springbok call-ups. “The Bulls do have several new combinations for this season’s Currie Cup, but they have done very well under the circumstances. Guys like Jacques-Louis Potgieter has been playing very well and it will be a good test for the whole team on Saturday, which we are all looking forward to.”
Combinations working well
As with the Blue Bulls, Vodacom WP has seen several key figures become unavailable through national commitments. De Waal, however feels the team is going well and will be up for the challenge on Saturday. He said: “As with many of the teams, the first few games we adopted a more conservative approach as we got used to the new combinations. I think now you can see the combinations are starting to really work well and we are able to open up the game and score some good tries like we did last weekend [at Griquas].
“The squad as a whole is definitely maturing having played together for the last few years, so we have great young guys to fill in for those on Bok duty. The Blue Bulls this weekend will be a great test for some of those players to prove themselves and to seize their opportunity in the starting line up.”
Happy with his form so far
The Paarl-born pivot has had to endure a slow start to the 2010 season. After recovering from a serious neck injury, De Waal was forced to watch most of the Super 14 from the sidelines as the team marched towards their first ever Super Rugby final. Willem, however claims he is just happy to be playing now and getting some valuable game time. “I am delighted to be getting on the field and to play regular rugby again. I am definitely feeling more confident about my game after not playing for most of the Super 14.
“At the moment I am quite happy with my general play and my goal kicking. However, you are only as good as your last game so I know I still need to work on all aspects to ensure I maintain and improve my level of play.”
If he continues on this path of success, it only bodes well for WP as they look to hold onto their proud record in what promises to be an enthralling clash at Newlands this weekend.
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