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Coach's Column
Boks return

The return of the non contracted Boks Juan, JDV and Gio couldn’t have come at a better time. They have proved themselves as world class players and very ably fill the gap left by injuries to Tim, Frikkie and Fabien. The balance of our Boks Schalla, Fourie, Habana and Ricky are available from our last league fixture against the Sharks.

As part of our on-going longer term vision of blooding our youngsters, the return of experienced internationals affords us the opportunity to start Lionel Cronje at 10. The Boks presence certainly assists when starting youngsters in key positions bringing experience, guidance, decision making, confidence and calm. Lionel was given a full match last week at U21 level, specifically to prepare him for a senior start this week. He is hungry, talented and will grab the opportunity with both hands.

This week’s match is no gimme. We know the Leopards will come to Newlands and throw everything at us. They came close to beating the Pumas twice and pushed the Bulls. We are at the point in our season where we have to win games – securing the points on offer will help restore our early season confidence and momentum. As a team we are very focussed on this match and realise its importance.

I would also like to congratulate Duane on his ABSA Currie Cup player of the month award. Duane’s play this season has been monumental in every game. He is a versatile player contributing in our set and loose phases and has been instrumental in getting us this far and deserves the accolade.

The game this week is not televised, so you will need to be at Newlands this week to see this all new backline in operation.

See you there.

Your Coach
Allister Coetzee

Check out a video interview with Allister on Duane and the returning Boks:



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VODACOM WP TEAM TO PLAY THE PLATINUM LEOPARDS
 
 AT NEWLANDS ANNOUNCED
 
Vodacom WP coach Allister Coetzee today announced his team to take on the Platinum Leopards at Newlands on Saturday 11 September 2010.  Kick-off is at 17h00, and the game is NOT televised.
 
Having lost against a much improved Lions side at Coca-Cola Park last weekend, Vodacom WP will be looking to re-establish the early season winning momentum. They are still in second place on a now congested log and will look to capitalise on the return of the non-contracted Boks to bolster the team and earn valuable log points.
 
A full afternoon of rugby is scheduled for Newlands, with the Vodacom WP u19 side playing the Leopards u19 at 13h00 and the u21’s doing battle at 14h45.
 
Tickets are on sale and can also be purchased from Computicket, Shoprite Checkers and Checkers Hyperstores nationwide or via the Computicket Credit Card booking line on 083 915 8000 or on www.computicket.com. The Newlands Box Office is also open for ticket sales.
 
The team is as follows:
 
15.          Conrad Hoffmann
14.          Conrad Jantjes
13.          Juan De Jongh
12.          Jean De Villiers
11.          Gio Aplon
10.          Lionel Cronje
9.            Dewaldt Duvenage
8.            Duane Vermeulen
7.            Nick Koster
6.            Francois Louw
5.            Anton van Zyl (Captain)
4.            Adriaan Fondse
3.            JC Kritzinger
2.            Deon Fourie
1.            JD Moller
 
Reserves:
16.          Callie Visagie
17.          Wicus Blaauw
18.          Brok Harris
19.          De Kock Steenkamp
20.          Yaya Hartzenberg
21.          Willem De Waal
22.          Paul Bosch

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