Dewaldt Duvenage out for the Currie Cup season

Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has revealed that his team’s 42-6 Currie Cup victory over the Blue Bulls came at a hefty price as Dewaldt Duvenage will miss the rest of the season.

Scrumhalf Duvenage suffered a fractured fibula in his right leg and will be out for the rest of the season.

“Season-ending injuries are always tough to deal with – like Siya last week and now Dewaldt, ” said Coetzee.

“It’s very unfortunate for Dewaldt and I feel for him, but we’re lucky that we’ve got three quality scrumhalves here in Dewaldt, Louis Schreuder and Nic Groom. Our rotational policy (at scrumhalf) this season has put us in good stead. “

Coetzee also said that winger Ederies Arendse will miss the next ten days after he suffered a bruised shoulder while Fullback Joe Pietersen’s wrist injury will be re-assessed again this week.

Aside from losing Duvenage Coetzee said that he was really proud of the way Western Province played against the Blue Bulls.

“Win or lose we always had a plan and we will always stick to that plan. Against the Bulls the guys executed the plan well and took their opportunities.

“I’m really proud of the players. This is a quality Bulls side – the guys applied themselves well, so I’m happy. “

“We were fifth on the log before the Bulls game, now we’re second – it shows how ‘funny’ the tournament is this year, what with the new format and the various upsets on a weekly basis.

“Next week will be tough against the Cheetahs, but, for now, we’re happy that we improved the things we worked on during the week – the breakdown, our penalty count and taking opportunities.

“Last week against the Lions we had opportunities but just didn’t take them, like we did against the Sharks in the first week. So we’re aware that things swing in a round-about.

“The key, however, is to remain consistent and to try and match that intensity from the Bulls game in weeks to come. “

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