Quick links: Rugby Video | Six Nations Rugby | Premiership Rugby | LV= Cup | Rugby Championship | Heineken Cup Rugby | Pro 12 Rugby | Super Rugby | Currie Cup Rugby | Rugby World Cup
 
 
 
 

Coetzee: Currie Cup Semi-final was one of the best


Western Province coach Allister Coetzee

Email Article | | Print Article | Click here for a free $150 Bet

Article Published: Sunday 21 October 2012


Western Province coach Allister Coetzee says that his team's 16-21 Currie Cup Semi-final victory over the Golden Lions is one of the best he had experienced during his tenure.

"What stood out was the character in the side, the way they stayed connected throughout the game, and the way they never gave up," Coetzee said.

"It shows there is a refusal to be defeated in the side and it is something that makes me so proud."

The Capetonians showed immense temperament, snatching victory on the full-time whistle through a mammoth driving maul.

"It was a fantastic win, but one can't get carried away while there is still one more game to go," he said.

"Especially here at Coca Cola-Park which is a first for me in Currie Cup."

The Province mentor hailed the character shown by his charges after the match looked to be lost with two minutes left on the clock.

The visitors then set up a driving maul, more than 15 metres from the line, with eighthman Duane Vermeulen scoring from the back to secure a final berth against the Sharks in Durban next weekend.

Coetzee conceded his side had some luck on their side as the Lions failed to convert four of their penalty attempts.

Province's performance was far from polished, he admitted, but converted their opportunities to go away with the spoils.

"The Lions could have led at half-time and it was a poor performance from us in the first 30 minutes, but we regrouped at half-time and we stayed in the moment," Coetzee said.

"We got the sniff in the latter stage of the second half where we found space and we started to attack with width."

Coetzee said Province would keep the champagne on ice as they faced an uphill battle against the Sharks, who beat the Blue Bulls 20-3 in Durban earlier on Saturday.

"We are playing against the best side in South Africa next weekend -- the Sharks are an unbelievable side," he said.

"To hold out the Bulls to get only three points is quite telling."

He said it would take an extraordinary effort by his team to beat the Durbanites in their own backyard.

"We will need probably all 22 players to be on the field at the same time," Coetzee joked.

Province's victory in the semi-final capped a superb day for the Union as their junior teams also advanced to the finals of their respective competitions.

"It is just a proud moment for Western Province rugby, all three of our sides have gone through to finals -- the Under-19s won at home, the Under-21s have gone to final and now the Currie Cup side," he said.

bet365
 
 
Heineken Cup Rugby News
McCall excited about Champions Cup fixtures
aracens Director of Rugby Mark McCall says that he believes their opening Champions Cup fixture at Allianz Park against Stade Toulousain provides the Aviva Premiership Champions with an "incredibly exciting" start the 2015/16 competition
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Toulon in pool of death for European Champions Cup
European Champions Cup final venues confirmed
Leinster part company with coach Matt O'Connor

More Heineken Cup Rugby News

Aviva Premiership
Anglo Welsh Cup News
Six Nations Rugby
Ritchie: England finishing second is 'not acceptable'
Rugby Football Union (RFU) chief executive Ian Ritchie has said that England's fourth consecutive runners-up finish in the Six Nations is "not acceptable".
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Frenzied 6N finale sends World Cup warning
Mike Brown slams lacklustre Italy and Scotland
Ireland end 60 year wait for back to back titles

More Six Nations Rugby News

 
Rugby Week Sponsor
 
 
Currie Cup Rugby News
Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1 Lions 4 4 0 0 167 68 99 3 20
2. Blue Bulls 4 4 0 0 186 92 94 4 20
3. W.Province 4 2 2 0 102 97 5 2 10
4. Cheetahs 4 2 2 0 81 96 -15 2 10
5. Sharks 4 2 2 0 97 109 -12 1 9
6. Pumas 4 2 2 0 86 122 -36 0 8
7. EP Kings 4 0 4 0 52 99 -47 1 2
8. 4 0 4 0 72 156 -84 1 1

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)

Note : Click on the team names above for more team information
Currie Cup Rugby News

   Currie Cup menu


Currie Cup Home
Currie Cup Video Highlights
2015 Currie Cup Fixtures
Currie Cup Historical Winners
What is the Currie Cup?
Currie Cup History
Currie Cup Trophy
Currie Cup Format
Currie Cup Teams
Currie Cup RSS Feed

Currie Cup on Twitter
 
Currie Cup Video Highlights