WP coach Allister Coetzee has kept changes to a minimum for Saturday’s Currie Cup Final clash with the Golden Lions at Newlands.
Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has kept changes to a minimum for Saturday’s Currie Cup Final clash with the Golden Lions at Newlands.
In the only change to the starting XV that beat the Blue Bulls 31-23 last weekend, fit-again centre Jaco Taute returns in the number 12 jersey to resume his partnership with skipper Juan de Jongh, who will be playing in his 50th match in the Blue a White hoops of Western Province.
Michael van der Spuy reverts to the bench for Saturday’s final, where is joined by lock Gerbrandt Grobler, who comes into the matchday squad at the expense of prop Oli Kebble, who came from the bench last weekend.
Number eight Nizaam Carr, who left the field in the first half last week, has been passed fit for the final, with coach Coetzee praising the consistency in selection during the business-end of the Currie Cup.
“We’ve had some tough calls to make, especially last week, but we are fortunate to have not made many changes these past two weeks,” said the WP boss, who will be guiding his team into a third successive final this weekend.
“Jaco is fit and takes his place at inside centre again and we’re fortunate to have a guy like Michael van der Spuy backing him up, with Jaco providing additional back-up given his versatility across the backline.”
Western Province: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Jaco Taute, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Jean Kleyn 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Michael van der Spuy.
Date: Saturday, October 25
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17:00 local (15:00 GMT)
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper, Lesego Legoete
TMO: Deon van Blommestein