Coetzee names same squad for final

2010-10-28 00:00

WHILE the Sharks are only naming their team today, Western Province coach Allister Coet­zee yesterday announced an unchanged 22-man squad for the weekend’s Currie Cup final at King’s Park.

Province have selected the same 22 players who did duty against Free State in the semi-final and the only real debate was whether Coetzee would stay with Bok scrumhalf Ricky Januarie or return to Dewaldt Duvenage, who has been his regular first-choice this year.

Januarie, fitter and lighter than he was earlier in the year, has retained his semi-final place with Duvenage’s shaky Currie Cup showing against the Sharks in Durban in August counting against him.

“The unchanged squad makes for continuity in the ranks, and it’s a matter of building on the team’s momentum,” said Coetzee yesterday.

“It’s great that we are able to select an unchanged side and it will do the players’ confidence a world of good.”

Province captain Schalk Burger said that a second final in a season — following the Super 14 clash against the Bulls in May — had added to the excitement amongst the players.

“We’ve just about wrapped up the training for the final and we’ve paid great attention to detail,” said Burger.

“The tough battle will start up front, and since both teams will be up for it, one expects a really physical battle.”

The Sharks’ line-up is expected to be entirely predictable with regular wing Odwa Ndungane replacing the injured JP Pietersen, who played just 20 minutes against the Blue Bulls in the semi-final before leaving the field with a hamstring injury.

Plumtree’s mix on a strong bench will be of interest. Ndungane’s promotion will result in either Riaan Swanepoel or Bok centre Adi Jacobs joining the replacements, while either Anton Bresler or the powerful Gerhard Mostert will provide second-row cover.

There has been some concern over the fitness of Bismarck du Plessis, but Plumtree said that the Bok hooker “was fine.”

 

Western Province team:

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

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

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