Planet Rugby

Preview: WP v Golden Lions

04th October 2013 11:13

Share:

Louis Schreuder WP v G Lions CC 2013

WP v Golden Lions: Set to be close

Defending champions WP will be brimming with confidence as they head into this clash with the Lions in Cape Town on Saturday.

The home side are the only unbeaten team left and are also sharing the top spot in the standings with the Sharks even though the Durban-based side are ahead of them by virtue of having a better points difference.

They face a Lions side who WP boss Allister Coetzee is wary of, however, as the Johannesburg-based outfit always seem to reserve their best for the closing stages of matches.

"It always looks like the Lions are capable of closing out their matches rather strongly but, more often than not, their opponents become sloppy and that sort of thing has given the Lions a 'kick'," said Coetzee.

"We need to put two (excellent) halves together against a team like the Lions otherwise we'll get badly hurt.

"For 80 minutes, we have to make sure we stay in our structures and respect the ball. We have the players on the bench who sustain our challenge right to the end."

WP might be unbeaten and at the top of the table but they are the only side in the competition who haven't scored a try-scoring bonus point, something which must be a concern for their supporters.

They do have a proven match-winner in Demetri Catrakilis back in their run-on side again, after he clinched a late victory with a well-taken drop goal against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein last weekend.

Coetzee believes the the ace goal-kicker could play a huge role for his side this weekend.

"Demetri showed last week that he can remain calm under pressure situations and that's the kind attribute that we need for this match against the Lions," he said.

"He knows our playing systems well and even when the team goes out of the system he is capable of directing play efficiently."

But despite the confidence of playing in front of their home fans WP know a defeat could have disastrous consequences. A defeat could ultimately cost them a home semi-final as they have to travel to Durban to face the Sharks in their final league match next weekend.

The Lions know a win this weekend will be a great boost as they face basement dwellers Griquas in their final match in Johannesburg next weekend.

But their boss Johann Ackermann is focussed on this weekend's match and although he acknowledges they face a tough encounter he is quietly plotting the champions' downfall.

"The first thing we'll do is have a look at the weather," he revealed.

"There are reports that it's going to rain.

"You have to be prepared to work harder against WP. You have to work for 80 minutes and it could come down to a try in the dying minutes that could win the game.

"We just have to keep the ball and we have to play smart rugby."

One of the Lions' strengths throughout the competition has been the performances of their back row throughout the competition. Warren Whiteley, captain Derick Minnie and Jaco Kriel have been superb throughout and Minnie and Kriel, in particular, provided WP nightmares when these sides drew 31-31 in Johannesburg earlier this year.

Prediction: There's plenty at stake in this match but although the Lions should run them close, hoem ground advantage and Catrakilis' accurate boot will pave the way for a WP victory by four points!

The teams:

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (capt), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Schalk Burger, 19 Josh Katzen, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Ryan Nell.

Golden Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Chrysander Botha, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Lionel Cronje, 11 Anthony Volmink, 10 Marnitz Boshoff, 9 Michael Bondesio, 8 Warren Whiteley, 7 Derick Minnie (capt), 6 Jaco Kriel, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Willie Britz, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 CJ van der Linde.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Hugo Kloppers, 19 Warwick Tecklenberg, 20 Ross Cronje, 21 Kobus de Kock, 22 Deon Helberg.

Date: Saturday, October 5
Kick-off: 14:00 local (13:00 BST, 12:00 GMT)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Stuart Berry

Forthcoming Fixtures
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 20
Northampton vs London IrishNorthampton vs London Irish Preview
Newcastle vs SaracensNewcastle vs Saracens Preview
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
RaboDirect PRO12
Sunday , April 20
Cardiff Blues vs ScarletsCardiff Blues vs Scarlets Preview
Newport Gwent D'gons vs OspreysNewport Gwent D
More RaboDirect PRO12 fixtures
Amlin Challenge Cup
Friday , April 25
Northampton vs Harlequins20:00
More Amlin Challenge Cup fixtures
Top 14
Saturday , April 19
Stade Francais vs Bordeaux-Begles20:35
More Top 14 fixtures
Super Rugby
Friday , April 25
Blues vs Waratahs17:35
Brumbies vs Chiefs17:40
Sharks vs Highlanders19:10
More Super Rugby fixtures
Recent Results
FixtureDetails
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Bath 32 - 20 WorcesterBath vs Worcester Report
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Wasps 38 - 30 GloucesterWasps vs Gloucester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Zebre 26 - 13 EdinburghZebre vs Edinburgh Report
Connacht 23 - 32 MunsterConnacht vs Munster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Oyonnax 19 - 19 ToulouseOyonnax vs Toulouse Report
Perpignan 31 - 46 ToulonPerpignan vs Toulon Report
Racing Metro Paris 22 - 6 Clermont AuvergneRacing Metro Paris vs Clermont Auvergne Report
Grenoble 21 - 21 Bayonne
Biarritz 19 - 13 Brive
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Chiefs 17 - 18 CrusadersChiefs vs Crusaders Report
Stormers 18 - 3 LionsStormers vs Lions Report
Sharks 19 - 8 CheetahsSharks vs Cheetahs Report
Waratahs 19 - 12 BullsWaratahs vs Bulls Report
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , April 18
Harlequins 24 - 20 LeicesterHarlequins vs Leicester Report
More Aviva Premiership results
RaboDirect PRO12
Leinster 62 - 7 Benetton TrevisoLeinster vs Benetton Treviso Report
Glasgow 27 - 9 UlsterGlasgow vs Ulster Report
More RaboDirect PRO12 results
Top 14
Castres 22 - 15 MontpellierCastres vs Montpellier Report
More Top 14 results
Super Rugby
Hurricanes 39 - 20 BluesHurricanes vs Blues Report
Melbourne Rebels 22 - 16 Western Force
More Super Rugby results
Aviva Premiership
Sunday , April 13
Saracens 28 - 24 NorthamptonSaracens vs Northampton Report
London Irish 40 - 12 NewcastleLondon Irish vs Newcastle Report
Saturday , April 12
Worcester 33 - 38 ExeterWorcester vs Exeter Report
Leicester 27 - 15 WaspsLeicester vs Wasps Report
Gloucester 17 - 18 BathGloucester vs Bath Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Aviva Premiership Table
PosTeamPPts
1Saracens1976
2Northampton1966
3Bath2064
4Leicester Tigers2064
5Harlequins2058