Province prepare for Bullfight

Keo.co.za brought you the live Vodacom Western Province training session at the Bellville Rugby Club on Tuesday.

1. The squad runs out onto what is an extremely soggy field due to the heavy showers that swept the Cape last night. The temperature is low but the sun is out, offering an occasional reprieve from the winter chill.

2. The squad splits up into forwards and backs, the forwards going off to practise their lineouts while the backs run some attacking moves.

3. WP assistant coach Gary Gold supervises the lineouts, which have split into an ‘A’ team and a ‘B’ team. The ‘A’s are made up of the team that played last Friday against the Sharks, while the ‘B’s comprise the rest including locks Ross Skeate and Andries Bekker, as well as Rob Linde and Selborne Boome.

4. Huia Edmonds, who returned to the squad this week from a back injury, is struggling to find his jumpers. To his left, Hanyani Shimange is finding Francois van der Merwe and Gerrie Britz with regularity. The other hooker, Deon Fourie is alternating with Edmonds with mixed success.

5. Edmonds is starting to find his jumpers more consistently. On the other side of the field, the backs are looking very sharp, Joe Pietersen in particular looking a very good distributor.

6. A few of the backs leave the field, while the remainder head across to the adjacent one to practice their place kicking.

7. The forwards have really upped the tempo in the lineouts. Both line-ups have come together to provide one another with an opposition. The youngster Deon Fourie is doing well.

8. On the adjacent field, Louis Koen looks on from behind the goalposts as Naas Olivier, Joe Pietersen, Gio Aplon and Sarel Potgieter all line up their kicks.

9. Aplon has been the most consistent so far, missing only one of his kicks and is duly congratulated by Koen. The former Springbok flyhalf comes over to assist Potgieter as he has just been pulling them slightly.

10. Pietersen sends one over from the 50m line. Aplon has been striking the ball very cleanly, while Olivier, although nailing 80% of his kicks is not hitting them all that well.

11. The weather has grown foul in the last couple of hours, and a stiff breeze has begun to test the kickers’ ability. Keo.co.za leaves the field as the rain begins to bucket down on Bellville.

by Jon Cardinelli at Bellville Rugby Club