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Francois Louw back for Vodacom WP
02/08/2010
With several players back in contention for Saturday's Absa Currie Cup match against Griquas in Kimberley Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has a tough task in selecting the 22-man squad.
With several players back in contention for Saturday's Absa Currie Cup match against Griquas in Kimberley Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has a tough task in selecting the 22-man squad.

Province easily accounted for the Pumas at Newlands on Friday night and will be looking for more success in Kimberley.

On Monday Coetzee said he will definitely bring back Springbok flank Francois Louw after he gave him a break last Friday. "Dewaldt (Duvenage) and Brannes (Deon Fourie) are back in contention for this weekend.

"Flo is definitely back. I've roped in Nick Koster - he stood out in a couple of under-21 games - and kept JJ Engelbrecht with the squad. De Kock Steenkamp is also back and so is Wicus Blaauw.

"JC (Kritzinger) did his hamstring, the same one he tore in the Super 14, so he's out for between two and four weeks. Fortunately, Wicus is back, and then we're looking at one or two options with JD, Brok and Buhle.

"Depending on what we want to achieve this weekend we'll decide on a 4-3 or 5-2 split this week. We had a 5-2 split against the Cheetahs and the Griquas also have a big pack."

Coetzee said he was happy with the squad available to him. "Wicus only had a bit of cartilage, so we gave him two weeks off. Another player that I have to have a look at is De Kock Steenkamp.

"He's participating in all sessions this week and he's looking good. I brought up the under-21s this week. Flo will be training tomorrow (Tuesday) after sitting training out today.

"We brought in Nick Koster and JJ from the under-21s this week. I'm happy with the squad we have and the one we can choose from."

He doesn't foresee any problems with Louw settling in quickly. "If you look at how Gio and Juan settled in nicely in the space of a couple of games I'm expecting the same from Flo and he's looking forward to playing.

"The guys are enjoying playing for Province. When the Boks come back they're really looking forward to getting in the mix and we've got the right group of players here.

"Flo had a good Super14 and he was rewarded by making the Boks and this will be another opportunity for him to prove he should be playing at a higher level and I'm looking forward to the combination of him, Pieter Louw and Duane this weekend."

Coetzee is wary of Griquas, particularly on their home field. "They should really be respected as one of the top five provinces. They're a good team, a well coached side and they've made it known that for them it's all about winning their home games.

"We came unstuck there in 2008 and 2009. It's going to be a tough match for us but we've got a plan and it's about focus and executing our plan."

He was impressed by the performances Griquas put up against the Sharks and the Lions and said his team should be at their best if they want to come away with the points.

"You've got to play for 80 minutes and this Griquas side up their intensity in the last 20 minutes so you have to make sure you give them nothing.

"They've got a great kicking game with Viljoen and Olivier, so it's quite a big factor because the ball travels a mile up there and they know the conditions and play the conditions well in Kimberley.

"The Sharks decision to play with the wind in the first half bit them in the end. You have to make sure you understand the conditions, but fortunately the grass is nice and green now."



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