DWL Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is quite happy with the performance of his back three of Seabelo Senatla, Kobus van Wyk and Cheslin Kolbe so far this season but believes the young fullback needs to back himself to perform more of the kicking duties – By: Clayton Saville
Kolbe is fast becoming a crowd favourite at Newlands with his electric pace and sidestepping leaving players grasping at shadows but the coach wishes he would sometimes apply boot to ball when it’s on. “ I’d like him to take more responsibility and trust his boot. He sometimes looks for someone else to kick when he is the best option to execute the kick” . Western Province have for the past few seasons had a number of players in the backline who could boot the play into opposition territory but have largely relied on Demitri Catrakilis so far on this campaign, a situation which is not ideal even with Province’s ball in hand approach.
Coetzee, while pointing out where he would like to see the player improve was also full of praise for the youngster stating that “ his heart is the size of his body and I don’t expect him to do anything other than execute those tackles” in reference to Kolbe putting down Lions lock MB Lusaseni. “We all know that Cheslin is a footballer and an outstanding player, but it’s important that he improves week in and week out in terms of his decision making”
Western Province tackle the Blue Bulls at Loftus Versfeld this weekend and will likely play with an adjusted midfield with news that centre Michael van der Spuy suffered a hamstring injury during the Lions clash . Jaco Taute has been tipped to take over the number 12 jersey.