Coetzee still optimistic
06/09/2010
Vodacom Western Province are not prepared to write off their Absa Currie Cup campaign yet despite three consecutive defeats the last three weekends.
Vodacom Western Province are not prepared to write off their Absa Currie Cup campaign yet despite three consecutive defeats the last three weekends.

Coach Allister Coetzee this week welcomes back three Springbok backline stars for Saturday's game at Newlands against the Leopards. They are centres Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers as well as wing Gio Aplon.

These three will boost the team's attacking power immensely and would also give the team a major fillip in terms of experience.

Coetzee made it clear all is not lost. "We've lost our third game now, and we are still second on the log. So all is not lost. There still is a lot of rugby to be played."

More good news for Province fans is that flanks Pieter Louw and Nick Koster and prop JC Kritzinger are all expected to be declared fit for the game against the Leopards.

The Leopards game offers Coetzee the ideal opportunity to get back to winning ways and to get the players confidence up again. "We know the competition still has a long way to go,"he said. "There aren't big gaps on the log, even though the Sharks managed to build a big lead. We're now playing the Leopards and Pumas, followed by Griquas and the Sharks at home.

"We're not going to panic. You only panic when you don't know where the problem lies and don't have a plan to fix it." WP lost centre Tim Whitehead and wing Frikkie Welsh because of injury in the first half against the Lions. Coetzee, however, was not too fazed by the latest injury setbacks.

"It can be very disruptive. But fortunately we are now getting players like Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers back. We have to beat the Leopards to get our confidence back,' said Coetzee.



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