Coetzee wary of Sharks' unpredictability
17/08/2010
The Sharks' unpredictability is a major concern to Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee before the team's Absa Currie Cup clash in Durban this Saturday.
The Sharks' unpredictability is a major concern to Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee before the team's Absa Currie Cup clash in Durban this Saturday.

WP are the pacesetters in South Africa's premier domestic rugby competition, with the Sharks in second position. Coetzee's side is unbeaten after six rounds of games, while the Sharks have suffered only one defeat.

Coetzee on Monday spoke with respect about the home side. "They're a very unpredictable side. They're playing a great brand of rugby at this point in time. They really make a lot of passes and are unpredictable.

"They run from all over the field. They'll test our defensive system this week."

The Sharks are renowned as a team that is hard to stop once they gain momentum. "It's not only momentum, it's momentum with flair and players like Lambie and Mvovo can play the flair game, and Terblanche is an experienced player.

"Thank goodness JP (Petersen) isn't there. They've got Odwa (Ndugange) there, so they'll definitely be a tough assignment for us this weekend."

The coach had a few injury concerns on Monday and gave his players a rest day. "Today was an off-day. At the stage that we're going into now, normally in Super 14 we'd have a week's break after a couple of rounds. After the Bulls, we targeted this day to give the guys a bit of a break.

"There are a couple of bumps and bruises, obviously. (Wing) Fabian Juries had a lammie and a bit of a stiff calf. Brok Harris is also a bit of a stiff shoulder, but Duane Vermeulen's shoulder is fine.

"We also have two guys down with a bit of a cold, and that's Fondsie (Adriaan Fondse) and Worms (Anton van Zyl). The timing is quite good. Brokkie will be fine. Fabba is very doubtful."

Talking about possible replacements for Julies, the coach said: We'll definitely be looking at JJ Engelbrecht and Danie Poolman and maybe look at Conrad Jantjes moving to wing and Connie Hoffman starting. One has to look at what the Sharks are bringing to the match."



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