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.

 
 
Heineken Cup Rugby News
Aviva Premiership
Anglo Welsh Cup News
Sale Sharks v Wasps Anglo Welsh LV= Cup preview
Sale Sharks captain Daniel Braid will make his first start since the opening day of the season against Wasps on Saturday at the AJ Bell Stadium in the Anglo Welsh LV Cup on Saturday.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
Saracens vs Quins Anglo Welsh LV= Cup preview
Northampton vs Newcastle LV= Cup preview
L.Irish v Leicester Anglo Welsh LV= Cup preview

More Anglo Welsh Cup News

Six Nations Rugby
Under fire Johnson gets backing from bosses
Scottish Rugby Union chief executive Mark Dodson has denied claims that Scott Johnson has been rewarded for failure after Scotland's miserable 2014 Six Nations campaign.
Read more on this Rugby news article

Other recent news
England's Brown wins Six Nations best player
Scotland fullback Hogg gets three week ban
Warburton to be out of action for 'several months'

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. W.Province 10 8 2 0 335 206 129 7 39
2. Lions 10 7 3 0 362 206 156 8 36
3. Sharks 10 7 2 1 287 222 65 3 33
4. Blue Bulls 10 6 4 0 271 235 27 4 28
5. 10 3 6 1 249 394 -45 7 21
6. Pumas 10 4 6 0 237 269 -32 4 20
7. Griquas 10 3 7 0 220 332 -112 3 11
8. EP Kings 10 1 9 0 206 403 -197 1 6

(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
2014 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