Howard on wing duty for WP

Date published: September 3 2014

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Western Province utility back Pat Howard has been named on the left wing for their clash with the EP Kings at Newlands on Friday.

Western Province utility back Pat Howard has been named on the left wing for their clash with the EP Kings at Newlands on Friday.

Howard replaces SA Sevens stalwart Seabelo Senatla in one of four changes to the WP team that beat the Blue Bulls in a hard-fought encounter in Pretoria last weekend.

Twenty-two-year-old Howard scored Western Province's first try of the 2014 Currie Cup campaign – when he played virtually the whole match against the EP Kings on August 8, after coming on as a replacement – and he will form a wing partnership with his WP U21 teammate from last year, Kobus van Wyk.

Senatla's absence, due to an ankle injury, is the only injury-enforced change this week, with scrum-half Louis Schreuder, number five lock Ruan Botha (in his first-ever Currie Cup start for WP) and tighthead prop Brok Harris all earning their first starts of 2014 (along with Howard).

WP U21 utility back – and SA Sevens flyer – Justin Geduld has been named amongst the replacements, in what would be his first senior cap, whilst squad vice-captain Pat Cilliers, lock Manuel Carizza and scrum-half Nic Groom will all start on the bench on Friday.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Pat Howard, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Manuel Carizza, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Justin Geduld.

Date: Friday, September 5
Kick-off: 19:10 local (18:10 BST, 17:10 GMT)
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman, Marc van Zyl
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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