De Jongh ‘50-50’ for WP semi
- 15 Oct 2013
WP coach Allister Coetzee will give centre Juan de Jongh as much time as possible to recover for Saturday's semi-final against the Golden Lions at Newlands.
De Jongh, who has been struggling with a hamstring injury, failed a late fitness test last Friday and was replaced by Michael van der Spuy in WP's starting line-up for their match against the Sharks.
'Juan at this point in time is still 50-50,' said Coetzee. 'He was doing some individual testing [today] and we'll put him through some more tomorrow [Tuesday]. By Wednesday we'll have a good indication as to how he is. We'll take as much time as possible to make the decision.'
Meanwhile, Deon Fourie, Duane Vermeulen and De Kock Steenkamp will all be fit despite missing training on Monday.
'It's that time of the season where the workload has taken its toll and you don't want players to train and then come Saturday, they're tired,' said Coetzee. 'You want them fresh on Saturday and that's the challenge for us this week, to make sure the players are able to play at the same intensity they played with last weekend and even better.'
Coetzee admitted the captaincy remained open despite Springbok skipper Jean de Villiers returning to the side. De Villiers was a WP replacement last weekend.
Regular captain Deon Fourie has starred for the team at flank throughout this year's tournament as Province take an unbeaten record into the semi-finals.
'We don't see it as a conundrum but a bonus that we have the national captain in our side as well,' said Coetzee. 'One must decide on the team firstly. Deon has earned his place in the team and has led the team really well up to now.
'We have sufficient leaders in our squad, which is so needed in play-off matches, players like Schalk [Burger], Duane and Jean to help Deon.'
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