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DHL WP change one for Cheetahs visit.

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DHL Western Province have announced just one change for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup, Round Two encounter with the Free State Cheetahs at DHL Newlands (19h15).

Michael Rhodes starts in the No.4 jersey, with youngster Gerbrandt Grobler dropping down to the bench after making his Absa Currie Cup debut in WP’s 24-24 draw against the Blue Bulls last Saturday.

Grobler will join fit-again hooker Tiaan Liebenberg amongst the replacements, whilst uncapped Maties utility back Ryan Nell replaces Berton Klaasen on the bench as one of WP’s three back reserves. Nell will cover centre, wing and fullback for DHL WP.

Tighthead prop Brok Harris will play his 100th match for Western Province, having made his debut for the union back in 2006. During that time, the hard-working front ranker has also amassed 83 Super Rugby appearances for the DHL Stormers.

DHL WP assistant coach Robbie Fleck paid tribute to the 28-year-old prop, saying: “Brok has been a stalwart for DHL Western Province and the DHL Stormers and reaching the 100-game mark is just reward for a very popular team man.

“The team would like nothing more than rewarding Brok with a victory, but we also want to right the wrongs from last week. We need to cut down our errors and improve our discipline, otherwise Free State will make life very uncomfortable for us on Saturday.”

* The DHL Western Province Under-19 (14h45) and Under-21 (16h45) teams will both be playing in curtain-raisers against the Sharks U19s and U21s, respectively, at DHL Newlands, before Saturday’s main game at 19h15.

Tickets can be purchased online (ticket.co.za), from Postnet Outlets or the Newlands Box Office. Prices start at just R35 (for standing), with seating tickets priced from R65 to R95. Scholars tickets can be purchased directly from the WP Rugby offices.

The DHL Western Province team to take on the FS Cheetahs is as follows:

15. Gio Aplon
14. Gerhard van den Heever
13. Pat Howard
12. Damian de Allende
11. Cheslin Kolbe
10. Gary van Aswegen
9. Louis Schreuder (vice-captain)
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Rynhardt Elstadt
6. Deon Fourie (captain)
5. De Kock Steenkamp
4. Michael Rhodes (First Absa Currie Cup start for DHL Western Province)
3. Brok Harris (Will play his 100th match for DHL Western Province)
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff


16. Tiaan Liebenberg
17. Pat Cilliers
18. Gerbrandt Grobler
19. Rohan Kitshoff
20. Nic Groom
21. Kurt Coleman
22. Ryan Nell (On Absa Currie Cup debut for DHL Western Province)

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan


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