Western Province injury free

BY NATALI IVERSON - AUGUST 19, 2014

Western Province coach, Allister Coetzee, has confirmed that none of his players have suffered any injuries following their 41-17 win against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in a Currie Cup match at Newlands, this past weekend.

This marks the first time in two seasons that a player from the Cape side has walked off the field with no ailments.

According to the Times, Coetzee has attributed this, to rigorous new training approach, which aims to reduce the amount of injuries during game time.

"We are training at a far greater intensity and players are now better conditioned for matches," said Coetzee  

"The way we train now makes us better equipped for the transition from defence to attack, as well as from attack to defence. We are striving to find a balance [between defence and attack] in the way we play and players are enjoying it more these days”.

Coetzee also added that he has undertaken a more cautious approach in dealing with players returning from injury.

"We have had many players coming back from injury of late, but we were careful not to include them in the starting XV at the expense of players who have been playing all along.

"Nowadays we tend to look at the condition [fitness levels] of returning players and question things like work-rate and match sharpness,” he said.

Western Province will next face the table topping Golden Lions, also at Newlands, this coming Saturday.

Asked about the form shown by the Lions, Coetzee said that although only two games had played in the series so far, they remain wary of the side who thrashed the Eastern Province Kings 60-19 at Ellis Park.

"I would have to say that at this stage of the season, the Golden Lions look like the best bet for the Currie Cup championship," noted Coetzee.

"They are the best set-piece team and they improve with every match. We will be severely tested this week”. 

 

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