Boland Kavaliers rugby coach Deon Davids has made three changes to his starting line-up for Saturday’s Vodacom Cup rugby match against the Leopards at Olën Park in Potchefstroom.
Kobus Meintjes is back at centre after an absence of a year and will partner Namibean international Piet van Zyl in midfield. Meintjes replaces Hein Myburgh, who has a groin injury.
Dries van Schalkwyk returns at lock at the expense of yet another Namibian international Nico Esterhuyse, while promising young Jean Botha will scrum at tighthead in the place of burly Andries Human, who stays at home because his wife is expecting their first child.
Former Bulls prop/hooker Harry Vermaas, who spent a season at Leinster, is on bench.
Boland also field veteran John Daniels on the right wing, and he will certainly be looking to add a few more tries to his record of the most tries scored in first-class rugby. However one of the biggest weapons in the Boland line-up is the talented scrummie, Dewaldt Duvenhage, a member of the SA Under 20 team, and the Leopards will have to keep an eye on him during the game.
In last weekend’s match against the Valke at Wellington the Kavaliers did not impress in scraping to a 31-22 win, and will have to shift up a gear to beat the Leopards in their own backyard.
Meanwhile, fresh after beating the Mighty Elephants 32-14 down in Port Elizabeth, the Platinum Leopards have made four changes to the starting line-up, and one change on the bench.
The Leopards will field a new half-back combination in Clayton Durand and Theo van Wyk. Durand replaces the young flyhalf WD Botha in the starting fifteen and Van Wyk replaces last week’ s Man of the Match , the scrumhalf Michael Bondisio, who is injured.
The wing Jan van Zyl, who hails from the Boland town of Vredendal, returns to the left wing and the ex-Shark Pellow van der Westhuizen gets a start.
Another former Shark, the lock/flank Rudi Mathee starts his first game for the Leopards (after being released from the Sharks Super 14 squad) from the bench.
Lock Edrich “Draad” Linde, the younger brother of ex-WP lock Rob Linde and yet another former Natalian, packs down alongside young Antonie Gronum.
Both the Kavaliers and Leopards are perennial contenders in the Vodacom Cup, and this should be a key clash in the challenge for the Cup stake of R1 million. Home ground advantage may just give the Leopards the edge…
The match starts at 15:00.
The teams are as follows:
Platinum Luiperds: 15) Anvor Schooney, 14) Randall April, 13) Deon van Rensburg, 12) Basil de Doncker, 11) Jan van Zyl, 10) Clayton Durand, 9) Theo van Wyk, (8) Riaan Swanepoel, 7) Jaco Bouwer, 6) André Swanepoel ( c ), 5) Draad Linde, 4) Antonie Gronum, 3) Renier Harmse, 2) Pellow van der Westhuizen, 1) Divan Kotze. Reserves: 16) Sydney Raaths, 17) Dietlov Coetzee, 18) Ligtoring Landman, 19) Rudi Mathee, 20) Chris Erasmus, 21) WD Botha, 22) Japie Nel.
Boland: 15) Justin Peach; 14) John Daniels, 13) Piet van Zyl, 12) Kobus Meintjies, 11) Alshaun Bock; 10) Lionel Cornelius, 9) Dewaldt Duvenhage, (8) Francois Prinsloo, 7) Henley du Plessis ( c ), 6) Zolani Mofu, 5) Dries van Schalkwyk, 4) Coenie Basson, 3) Jean Botha, 2) Conrad Burke, 1) Janro van Niekerk. Reserves: 16) Pieter Wium, 17) Harry Vermaas, 18) Nico Esterhuyse, 19) Angelo Brinkhuys, 20) Neil Papier, 21) Elgar Watts, 22) Aswill Peters.Tweet