Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
9 Oct 2013
7:00 am

Watch out for Province – Deon

Rudolph Jacobs

Are Western Province unbeatable? Well, according to their tigerish flank and Currie Cup captain Deon Fourie the day that they are on song, they could come very close to that.

File picture: Deon Fourie of Western Province. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

With all their heavy Springbok artillery back in the Tank, the Sharks will no doubt disagree ahead of the two teams’ table-topping clash in Durban this weekend – a clash which could also determine where the final will take place.

“The frustrating thing is that the guys know how good we are if we play like we’re supposed to because when we do, we’re almost unstoppable,” said Fourie in reference to their last win of 36-23 over the Lions at Newlands last weekend.

“I wasn’t very happy with the first 10 minutes. I think I conceded both early penalties which put us on the back foot, but the guys came back nicely.”

With the likes of prop Beast Mtawarira and hooker Bismarck du Plessis likely back for the Sharks, Fourie anticipates a big battle in Durban this weekend, with the unbeaten Province winning the first game 25-19 in Cape Town early last month.

“Facing the Sharks in Durban is a different beast – no pun intended,” Fourie chirped. Province coach Allister Coetzee, winner of last month’s Currie Cup Coach-of-the-Month award, in the meantime will “sleep over it” before he decides today how many of his returning Boks he will name in his run-on team.

“Everyone is able, available and willing to play mentally and physically. I had a chat to them and they all want to be a part of this,” said Coetzee.

“Some of the Springboks will definitely start and some will be on the bench. A guy like Siya Kolisi hasn’t played a lot of rugby and I think Eben Etzebeth also.”