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WP to play ‘possession’ rugby
WP coach Allister Coetzee says keeping possession will be key in the final against the Sharks in Durban on Saturday.
Coetzee said the breakdown law interpretations will see the team with possession forcing penalties and scoring points.
‘You will be punished if you give away possession unnecessarily. The All Blacks’ style of play is based on keeping possession through phases,’ said Coetzee. ‘It’s important to make the right decisions in the right areas of the field. There is also a time and place for grubbers and aerial kicks. There is more than one way to play the game.’
Plumtree backs ‘matured’ Lambie
John Plumtree believes Pat Lambie will be able to handle the pressure when the Sharks take on WP in the final this weekend.
Twenty-year-old Lambie, who made his senior debut in the Super 14 this year, is set to start at pivot against Province on Saturday and will face opposite number Willem de Waal, who is 12-years older. Plumtree believes the young flyhalf will ‘do the job’ against WP.
‘He has matured a lot throughout the season. It was necessary for him to step up and do a job in the semi-final [against the Bulls]. And he did that. Now he has to do it again,’ said Plumtree.
Van Straaten to aid Sharks in 2011
Former Springbok kicking ace Braam van Straaten will assist the Sharks’ kickers during their pre-season preparations for the Super Rugby tournament.
Van Straaten is currently employed by the Australian Rugby Union as a kicking consultant to the Wallabies, but will spare some time to aid the Sharks. He will focus specifically on the kicking as the Durban-based franchise prepares for the 2011 Sanzar tournament.
Lions snap up Sharks pair
Sharks forwards Pat Cilliers and Michael Rhodes have been released from their contracts and have joined the Lions.
According to reports, Cilliers and Rhodes have fallen victim to the Sharks’ budget considerations that come into focus at this time of year. The signing of prop Eugene Van Staden will also limit Cilliers’ appearances in the coming Super Rugby competition, while Rhodes is at the back of the queue behind loose forwards like Jacques Botes, Jean Deysel, Keegan Daniel and Ryan Kankowski.
Cilliers and Rhodes are the latest players to join the Lions, who have already secured the services of Springbok hooker Bandise Maku.
De Wet to captain EP again
De Wet Barry will retain the captaincy when the EP Kings host the Pumas in the second leg of the promotion-relegation play-off on Friday.
Fullback Mzwandile Stick broke his collar bone in the 10th minute of the 36-36 first leg draw in Witbank after a tackle from Pumas loosehead prop Ronnie Uys. Centre Barry, who has skippered the team for most of the season, will lead the team in Port Elizabeth while Tiger Mangweni or Anthony Fenner will start in the No 15 jumper.