Nick Koster still out injured will be missed by Western Province this weekend when they face the Toyota FS Cheetahs in Bloemfontein. Photo by Denese Lups.
DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (19h10).
Coetzee has made just three changes – two of them injury-enforced – to the side that picked up a 42-6 win over the Vodacom Blue Bulls at DHL Newlands last weekend.
Nic Groom – a try-scorer last week – comes in for the injured Dewaldt Duvenage (broken fibula) at scrumhalf, whilst Damian de Allende will get his first Absa Currie Cup start in the absence of injured left-wing Ederies Arendse (shoulder).
The final change to the starting XV is part of coach Coetzee’s rotational policy, with Brok Harris earning a start at tighthead prop and Frans Malherbe moving down to the bench.
Joining Malherbe on the bench is SA Under-20 back Pat Howard, who comes in for De Allende; yet another DHL WP Under-21 player taking the step up to the senior ranks in 2012.
“We have a young team so we need to ensure that these players, despite their inexperience, are able to match that intensity from the Bulls game,” said Coetzee.
“The Cheetahs will be tough, especially in Bloemfontein, but we just want to keep improving in every facet of play – like we did last week.”
The DHL Western Province team to take on the Toyota Free State Cheetahs is as follows:
15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. JP du Plessis
12. Marcel Brache
11. Damian de Allende**
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Jebb Sinclair
7. Rynhardt Elstadt
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Don Armand
3. Brok Harris
2. Siyabonga Ntubeni
1. Deon Carstens
16. Steven Kitshoff
17. Frans Malherbe
18. Wilhelm van der Sluys
19. Helmut Lehmann
20. Louis Schreuder
21. Patrick Howard*
22. Kurt Coleman
* On Absa Currie Cup debut for DHL Western Province.
** First Absa Currie Cup start for DHL Western Province.
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
The full DHL Western Province programme for Saturday, September 8:
Bye: DHL WP Under-19
Bye: DHL WP Under-19
19h10 – Toyota Free State Cheetahs vs DHL Western Province at Free State Stadium (Absa Currie Cup)
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