Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
18 Oct 2013
5:50 am

WP’s problem is who to leave out

Rudolph Jacobs

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is oozing confidence – so much so that he says tomorrow's semifinal here against the Lions is "theirs to lose".

Jean de Villiers of the DHL Western Province during the Absa Currie Cup match between The Sharks and DHL Western Province from Growthpoint Kings Park on October 12, 2013 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images)

Not that he doesn’t rate the challenge the Lions will pose at Newlands. But because of the confidence he has in his own star-studded troops.

“I think we have learned from past semifinal losses against the Crusaders and the Sharks in Super Rugby and this is a game we are expected to win,” said Coetzee.

The Province mentor also believed his luxury to load a powerful bench will counter the expected strong Lions second-half performance, which has become their trademark.

Coetzee said it was tough for him to leave out players like flank Rynhardt Elstadt and No 8 Nizaam Carr who had been standout players for his side this season.

But, he said, it underlined the quality of the current side and he had to pick his strongest available squad.

National skipper Jean de Villiers, left, only played the last quarter at King’s Park last week and Coetzee believes it was the correct call.

“Last week it was about giving Jean a break. But he’s looking forward to this weekend’s game,” he said.