Coetzee's selects Vodacom WP's Boks
07/10/2010
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday welcomed back all four his Springboks for Saturday's crunch Absa Currie Cup match against the Natal Sharks at Newlands.
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday welcomed back all four his Springboks for Saturday's crunch Absa Currie Cup match against the Natal Sharks at Newlands.

The coach had no hesitation in selecting wing Bryan Habana, centre Jaque Fourie, scrumhalf Ricky Januarie and flank Schalk Burger. The latter will also take over the captaincy from lock Anton van Zyl.

It was clear that Coetzee had a few tough choices to make, particularly at midfield. He eventually settled on the successful Super 14 combination of Juan de Jongh and Jaque Fourie.

That led to a positional shift for another experienced Springbok centre Jean de Villiers to the wing.

Another dilemma for Coetzee was who of Gio Aplon and Conrad Jantjes to play at fullback. Aplon got the nod, with Jantjes relegated to the bench. Januarie takes over at scrumhalf from Dewald Duvenage.

Burger plays at flank in place of Pieter Louw, one of the stars of WP's Currie Cup campaign thus far.

"The family is complete," said Coetzee. "The returning Boks will add a lot of value this weekend."

He explained the selection of De Villiers on the wing as follows: "I think it was the right decision for the team. We have three world-class centres.

"The only difference this weekend will be the numbers on the back of their jerseys. Juan and Jaque played together in the Super 14. Juan also never played wing in his life.

"I had a frank discussion with all three players and eventually it was actually easy to make that decision. Unfortunately some players would miss the boat and I think Conrad could probably feel a bit unhappy that he was left out of the starting line-up. "But Gio has previously played with great success at 15. You need to fight speed with speed. If you look at the Sharks speedsters like Lwazi Mvovo and Patrick Lambie at the back, we need to make sure we are covered." Januarie's combative nature ensured he would get a start against the physical Sharks, said Coetzee. "It is going to be a physical game and Ricky's experience will be valuable."



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