Coetzee happy with his charges
02/08/2010
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says he was very pleased with the performance of the team in the past Friday night's convincing Absa Currie Cup victory over the Pumas at Newlands.
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says he was very pleased with the performance of the team in the past Friday night's convincing Absa Currie Cup victory over the Pumas at Newlands.

WP on Saturday afternoon tackle the imposing Griquas in Kimberley and will be looking to entrench themselves in their first spot on the points' table.

"I am very pleased with the performance," said the coach. "I have to speak about the plan that we have at WP. We're looking at doing well in the Currie Cup and creating depth for the long term.

"I am very pleased that the youngsters got an opportunity to play. I'd like us to put two halves together, but in general I am very pleased with the 1st half."

He added that the team was very clinical for 32 minutes. "We were again unbelievable in defence and at the collision. I'm just happy that we stuck to our plan, picked up momentum and got into the game. The composure that the senior players showed is very good."

Coetzee was asked about the team's game plan - something labelled in certain circles as conservative play. "One never knows when the plan is entrenched. The so-called smaller teams would like you to go into a touch-rugby mentality and they thrive on mistakes.

"The whole philosophy is to give nothing to the opposition. It is one thing trying to spread it side to side, but you're not going to do it against the top provinces. It's always about decision-making."

The coach said he wouldn't call the game plan conservative if he gets seven tries against two.

The coach lauded the coaching team and the team's on-field leadership for their role in the successful campaign thus far. "We've got good leadership in the team, a great coaching team.

"It's good to start the competition like we have but it's another thing to keep that momentum going. But once you've established a winning culture then even the youngsters start playing with confidence."

Returning Springboks Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh were outstanding against the Pumas and Coetzee acknowledged their worth. "That's what you expect from world-class players in the making, they gave us real impetus."

Coetzee said a lot of people say that wing Aplon is small and won't survive. "That's nonsense. Shane Williams is a legend in Wales and Gio is much more competitive at the breakdown than Shane Williams. We as a team respect him for his physicality at the breakdown, he's quite good at stealing the ball at the breakdown and I wouldn't exchange Gio for anybody else."



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