DHL WP team to take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls announced

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria (19h10).

Coetzee has made just one change to the starting XV from last week, with Nic Groom and Louis Schreuder rotating at scrumhalf.

The DHL WP boss has also opted for a five-two forwards split on the bench, with loose forward JJ Gagiano replacing centre Berton Klaasen in the matchday 22.

Unfortunately, flanker Rynhardt Elstadt – who was due to make his return from a rib cartilage injury this week – was not considered for selection, after suffering a recurrence of his injury.

Elstadt woke up in discomfort on Tuesday morning, after team training on Monday, and after being sent for a scan it was decided to withdraw him from the selection frame for this weekend.

Western Province might have beaten the Blue Bulls 42-6 in their previous Absa Currie Cup encounter this season (just over a month ago), but coach Coetzee warned that a far tougher Bulls outfit would be waiting for his team at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

Said Coetzee: “They’re definitely a desperate side and I can tell you that they’ll come out firing in what will be a tough game for us.

“The Bulls are a proud union, this is unfamiliar territory for them. We really expect nothing less than the game of the season for them. It’s a big challenge and it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

The DHL Western Province team to take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen

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. Tyrone Holmes

6. Deon Fourie (captain)

5. De Kock Steenkamp

4. Don Armand

3. Frans Malherbe

2. Scarra Ntubeni

1. Steven Kitshoff



16. Deon Carstens

17. Brok Harris

18. Wilhelm van der Sluys

19. Helmut Lehmann

20. JJ Gagiano

21. Louis Schreuder

22. Pat Howard


Referee: Jonathan Kaplan

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