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Coetzee looking forward to Boks' contribution
28/07/2010
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is looking forward to the performances of Springboks Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh in the Absa Currie Cup match against the Pumas on Friday evening at Newlands.
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is looking forward to the performances of Springboks Gio Aplon and Juan de Jongh in the Absa Currie Cup match against the Pumas on Friday evening at Newlands.

The coach included the two backline stars after their return from Australia and New Zealand, where they represented South Africa in the Tri-Nations series. Flank Francois, however, is getting a bit of a breather after a tough season.

"We are obviously very excited to have the Boks back. There's no Flo, because after careful assessment, we decided he needs to be rested," commented Coetzee.

"He's played throughout the season with a couple of niggles in the Super 14 and after that he played against Wales, Italy and then straight into Tri-Nations and I think it's only fair to him to rest him. He'll be back at training on Monday.

"Gio and Juan are hungry to play and they've been medically cleared to play."

Scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage and hooker Deon Fourie are also given time to recover from injuries. "Dewaldt and Deon suffered bumps to the head last week against the Leopards.

"They've both done their testing and as a precautionary measure we're resting them this week. We'll see how they go after a couple more tests. With the bigger plan we have to bring youngsters through, without underestimating how important this game is this weekend.

"There's a plan in this province to create depth going forward. Like Yaya (Hartzenberg) last week, JJ (Engelbrecht) and Louis (Schreuder) come in this week.

The coach has not doubt in his mind that Aplon and De Jongh would find their feet easily and slot in without difficulty. "They're Springboks and they're in the process of becoming world class players. Hopefully we'll see them settle down this weekend and contribute like they did in the Super 14."

Lock Andries Bekker's Currie Cup campaign is over even before it has started due to a back injury. "It's common knowledge now that Andries Bekker will undergo surgery. Fortunately it's not career-threatening - he'll be out for four months and ready for the Super 15 next year," said Coetzee.



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