Three changes for Western Province

Date published: August 25 2015

Wing Kobus van Wyk returns to the Western Province line-up for Friday's Currie Cup clash against the FS Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.

The defending Currie Cup champions will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's defeat to the Blue Bulls in Pretoria and Van Wyk's inclusion is one of three changes to the starting line-up this time around.

The hard-running Van Wyk comes in for Dillyn Leyds on the right-wing, scrum-half Godlen Masimla replaces Nic Groom, who is on Barbarians duty in London, and Alistair Vermaak starts at loosehead prop in place of the injured Oli Kebble.

Kebble's hamstring has not recovered sufficiently from the weekend, whilst exciting talent Masimla will make his first Currie Cup start for Western Province in the absence of both Groom and Jano Vermaak, who injured his finger against the Bulls.

Fit-again halfback Louis Schreuder is the new scrum-half replacement and he will be joined on the bench by Currie Cup debutant JP Smith – the new prop replacement – and lock Jan de Klerk, who comes in for the injured Chris van Zyl (knee).

Leyds, one of his team's two try-scorers last weekend, reverts to the bench to make way for Van Wyk, who is back to full fitness, and, like Masimla, deserved of a first start of WP's 2015 campaign, with Huw Jones missing out on the matchday squad.

"Enough has been said about last weekend's defeat. We were not good enough and we all know that," coach John Dobson told the website. 

"It's a short turnaround this week, so we have not harped on things too much, preferring, instead, to get to work and put things right.

"The guys have trained well so far and the new faces have brought some new energy too, so we're looking forward to putting things right in Bloemfontein.

"We all know what Kobus van Wyk is capable of with his direct running from the wing, but, as a coaching staff, we're particularly excited about Godlen Masimla's first start at this level. Dawie Snyman and I first spotted him as a raw 20-year-old in 2012 and he has come through the ranks from UWC, our Under-21s and our Vodacom Cup set-up. This is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do."

The Cheetahs, who lost in the rain to WP in Round Two of the 2015 Absa Currie Cup, bounced back to form last weekend with a bonus point victory over Griquas.

Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Godlen Masimla, 8 Nizaam Carr (c), 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Ruan Botha , 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 JP Smith, 18 Jan de Klerk, 19 Chris Cloete, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Dillyn Leyds.

Date: Friday, August 28
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Sindile Ngcese, Pieter Maritz
TMO: Willie Vos