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20th August 2014 12:07

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Western Province duo Nic Groom and Seabelo Senatla

Starters: Groom and Senatla

Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named an unchanged side for their top-of-the-table clash with the Golden Lions on Saturday.

The Newlands fixture will see Stephan Coetzee continue to wear the hooking jersey due to the absence of Tiaan Liebenberg and Scarra Ntubeni.

Centre Juan de Jongh continues to lead, having overseen wins over the EP Kings (away) and the Blue Bulls (home) thus far in the Currie Cup.

"The Lions represent a big test for us as they're not scared to have a go with ball in hand, even from their own line," the boss told wprugby.com.

"I'd say they're the overall favourites in the Absa Currie Cup. They're the pace-setters, they have a good set-piece and, like I said, they're not scared to attack from anywhere.

"Yes, we are also unbeaten so far, but I'd like to see us become a bit more consistent - especially if you want to become the tournament pace-setters. (So) you can't have any so-called 'soft' moments in your game."

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

Date: Saturday, August 23
Kick-off: 17:05 local (16:05 BST, 15:05 GMT)
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Craig Joubert
Assistant referees: Christie du Preez, Marc van Zyl
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein
Assessor: Deon van Blommestein

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