Vodacom WP ready for big test
06/08/2010
Vodacom Western Province's two one-point defeats in 2008 and 2009 to Griquas in Kimberley serve as a stark reminder as to just how difficult it is to beat the home team there.
Vodacom Western Province's two one-point defeats in 2008 and 2009 to Griquas in Kimberley serve as a stark reminder as to just how difficult it is to beat the home team there.

This week coach Allister Coetzee emphasised that they are expecting a torrid time at GKW Park when the teams do battle in an Absa Currie Cup match on Saturday.

"We've played in 2008 and we lost by one point and in 2009, so it's really tough going out to Kimberley. They make it really tough. They're a good side. We're not underestimating them at all.

"They pride themselves on their physicality; they have a number of players who were on the end of year tour, such as Bjorn Basson and Davon Raubenheimer...

"We're mindful it's going to be tough but that's the challenge we've got. They always pride themselves on their big pack. They work hard on their set pieces, but whatever they come up with we've got a plan to deal with it."

The plan Coetzee referred probably has something to do with the bench he selected - comprising five forwards and two backs. Lock De Kock Steenkamp and loose-forward Nick Koster are returning after time in the cold due to injury.

Koster gradually made his way back by playing a few games for the Vodacom WP under-21 side.

"De Kock's been part of our Super 14 campaign. Unfortunately he couldn't take part in the start of the Currie Cup because of injury. If you want to make impact off your bench, then De Kock and Nick are the right guys to have there. Nick would cover 7 and 8 for us."

Captain Anton van Zyl also spoke about the importance of this game for the log leaders. "We've said it over the last few weeks, it's definitely a crucial phase. It's not only the last phase of the first round but the first phase of the second round.

"But we're not looking ahead, it's all about Griquas in Kimberley. They've been a stumbling block for us and we want to put that right."

The former Lions stalwart also has a healthy respect for the imposing Griquas pack. "They've got a very physical pack who play well as a unit. They've got some strong ball carriers, they're effective at the breakdown, defensive and attacking, and they've got a lot of players at the back that can kick the ball."

Teams for GKW Park:

Vodacom WP: Conrad Jantjes, Gio Aplon, Juan de Jongh, Paul Bosch, Frikkie Welsh, Willem de Waal, Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw, Pieter Louw, Anton van Zyl (k), Adriaan Fondse, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg, JD Möller SUBSTITUTES: Deon Fourie, Wicus Blaauw, Buhle Mxunyelwa, De Kock Steenkamp, Nick Koster, Conrad Hoffmann, Lionel Cronjé.

Griquas: Riaan Viljoen, Richard Lawson, Wilmaure Louw, Barry Geel, Bjorn Basson, Naas Olivier (k), Sarel Pretorius, Burger Schoeman, Davon Raubenheimer, Johan van Deventer, Cecil Kemp, Frikkie Spies, Jean Botha, Ryno Barnes, Albertus Buckle. SUBSTITUTES: Simon Westraadt, Jacobie Adriaanse, Gerhard Human, Michael Passaportis/Leon Karemaker, Marnus Hugo, Matthew Rosslee, Rocco Jansen.

Referee: Sandile Mayende.

Kick-off: 15.00.



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