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Bok boost for Vodacom WP
25/07/2010
Vodacom Western Province will soon be boosted by the return of stalwarts Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and Francois Louw from international duty.
Vodacom Western Province will soon be boosted by the return of stalwarts Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and Francois Louw from international duty.

The Springbok selectors have released eleven players to their provinces to play in the Absa Currie Cup during the three-week break from Vodacom Tri-Nations duty.

The balance of the squad, which will reassemble for the home leg of the Tri-Nations on August 15, will be rested.

The Springbok squad for the home leg of the tournament will be announced in the week commencing 7 August.

Province play the Pumas at Newlands on Friday and at this stage it is uncertain whether coach Allister Coetzee would immediately select these players.

Aplon played at the wing in the starting team in the defeat to the Wallabies on Saturday, while centre De Jongh went on as substitute in the second half. Flank Francois Louw was not in the match 22 after starting both tests against the All Blacks.

Meanwhile, Coetzee said he was satisfied with the performance in Friday night's victory over the Leopards in Potchefstroom. Province won 42-23 and earned their first bonus point for four tries this season.

They are still on top of the log with 13 points after 3 games, one ahead of the Sharks and 3 ahead of Griquas.

"We came here for 5 league points and we got that without sustaining any serious injuries," he told reporters after the game. He conceded that the tries they let through left a bitter aftertaste in the mouth.

"The players realised they messed up. We cannot allow that to happen again. Maybe that is part of the lessons the team need to learn to play flat-out."

The only injury concern is about fullback Conrad Jantjes, who had trouble with a stiff hamstring. Scrumhalf Conrad Hoffmann replaced him and is an option for the Pumas game in case Jantjes needs to sit out.



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