Coetzee wants intensity from Vodacom WP
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee regards Saturday's Absa Currie Cup semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands as the most important one of the season.
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee regards Saturday's Absa Currie Cup semi-final against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands as the most important one of the season.

Coetzee said that he doesn't agree with Cheetahs coach Naka Drotské's assertion that the pressure is squarely on the home team on Saturday. "The pressure is on everyone in the game. It doesn't matter where you play.

"I said it last week, for us it's about what happens between the four lines on Saturday and not in the media. We realise it's a once off, a semi-final, it's actually the most important game of your season.

"We've been there earlier this year playing the Waratahs at Newlands and we understand the magnitude of the game."

Coetzee said they are not happy with just being in the semi. They want to take it one step further. " It is not a sense of relief (for having reached the semi). This isn't where we want to end the campaign.

"At the start of the year we decided we wanted to go all the way. The players and coaches and backroom staff have put in a massive effort. And I said at the beginning of the year that our youth policy and structures are in place.

"If you look at our under-13, under-16s, under-18s - everyone has been in finals this year and WP should be proud of those achievements. For us as a senior group of players we realise that nothing has been achieved yet, and we've just got to make sure that we go into this game trying to improve on last week."

The coach said the loss of Jaque Fourie was a massive setback, but he has confidence in the remaining players. Fourie underwent surgery on the foot injury he sustained against the Sharks and will be out for eight weeks.

"It's always a setback when you lose a player of Jaque's calibre. But I've got no doubt in my mind that the guys who will stand in this week are both Springboks in their respective positions and Paul Bosch coming onto the bench has been playing excellently all season.

"We've really prepared well and in terms of the combination and how we want to play, the guys will do the job."

Coetzee has a lot of respect for the Cheetahs and said they will be worthy opponents. "The stats show that they've played six from seven the last couple of years. They've won three Currie Cups and they're a side that's played together in the Super14.

"They only lost Juan Smith to the boks and they've got CJ van der Linde back. They play with a lot of team spirit, they're confident about their chances in these kinds of games and they're a quality side.

"They've got a good pack and good backs, and they use their different players cleverly, the Danillers, the Meyer Bosmans... they're a side that really does their homework.

"We're under no illusions... we know we have to play with more intensity than last week and in semi's it's all about taking your chances. It's going to be a tough match."

Teams for Newlands:

Vodacom Free State Cheetahs: 15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Philip Snyman, 13. Robert Ebersohn, 12. Meyer Bosman, 11. Corne Uys, 10. Louis Strydom, 9. Tewis De Bruyn, 8. Ashley Johnson, 7. Juan Smith (captain), 6. Hendro Scholtz, 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Francois Uys, 3. WP Nel, 2. Adriaan Strauss, 1. Coenie Oosthuizen

Replacements: 16. Skipper Badenhorst, 17. CJ van der Linde, 18. Izak vd Westhuizen, 19. Kabamba Floors, 20. Tertius Carse, 21. Sias Ebersohn, 22. Riaan Smit

Vodacom Western Province: 15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Willem De Waal, 9. Ricky Januarie, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Francois Louw, 6. Schalk Burger (captain), 5. Anton van Zyl , 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. JD Moller

Replacements: 16. Hanyani Shimange, 17. JC Kritzinger, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Pieter Louw, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Lionel Cronje, 22. Paul Bosch

Referee: Mark Lawrence

Kick-off: 17:00

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