Vodacom WP coach satisfied
13/09/2010
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says he was satisfied with the victory over the Leopards on Saturday, but also acknowledged it wasn't the perfect performance.
Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says he was satisfied with the victory over the Leopards on Saturday, but also acknowledged it wasn't the perfect performance.

WP got their Absa Currie Cup campaign back on track with a 59-17 trashing of the Leopards at Newlands and the coach said he thought it was important to get back to winning ways again.

"I'm definitely satisfied with the result. It wasn't a perfect game for us. It was a bit scratchy at stages, but one has to realise that we're starting from right at the bottom again.

"We are crawling again - hopefully we'll be walking next week and then hitting the ground running after that. I'm very pleased with eight or nine tries and I think the youngsters did particularly well.

"It's a pity about (flyhalf) Lionel (Cronjé) who did his hamstring tonight, but in general I'm pleased with the performance."

The coach was realistic enough though to admit there still is a lot of hard work to be done. "I don't think you can take things for granted. Just because you get your Boks back, doesn't mean that things will just fall into place.

"You still have to go out there and work and earn respect - you can't just throw the ball around willy-nilly against the Leopards. It was a matter of the platform and foundation had to be laid by the pack and to see them dominate like that was pleasing."

Coetzee said he was confident that given time the centre combination of Juan de Jongh and Jean de Villiers will develop into a potent one. "It's a matter of Juan and Jean playing together and getting to know the calls, getting to settle in the system.

"They're world class players and we saw glimpses of that when Juan broke the line. It's a matter of time; it's just about getting back on the horse again."

The former Springbok backline coach said the squad's confidence took a knock with the three consecutive defeats but the win on Saturday would help them to regain it.

"Our confidence took a bit of a knock and this is the result to get us back on the track. Next week we'll have to get the work done. This isn't a case of a story with a happy ending immediately; we'll have to work to get there."

Coetzee said he was not optimistic that Cronjé would be available for Friday's game against the Pumas in Nelspruit. "It is very doubtful that Lionel will be in the mix. He played on with it after a little chip he gave in the first half.

"But players like Fabba (Fabian Juries), Hanyani Shimange and Pieter Louw will definitely be back. Frikkie Welsh is still doubtful. He will be undergoing another test on Monday."



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