Vodacom Western Province coach Allister Coetzee on Wednesday announced two changes to his side for Saturday’s Absa Currie Cup match against Griquas in Kimberley.
Hooker Deon Fourie has been promoted to the starting line-up in place of Schalk Brits, who started against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday.
Brits received a call-up from the Springbok camp in New Zealand and will be on the bench for Saturday’s second Tri-Nations test against the All Blacks.
Morgan Newman is the new outside centre in place of Dylan des Fountain, with PJ Vermeulen replacing Newman on the bench. Des Fountain has the flu.
Simon Westraadt comes in for Fourie on the bench and Nico du Plessis replaces Francois van der Merwe as substitute lock.
Coetzee paid Griquas a big compliment by saying he didn’t want to experiment against them. He said the experimentation was done in the pre-season friendly matches.
“Any change to the team should benefit the team. We respect Griquas and it is an away game, so we want to pick our strongest side.”
The coach said he was happy with the team’s standing on the points’ table. They are sharing the first spot with 9 points after three games and two victories.
“We played the three leading provinces now and I am definitely very happy with the way things are going at the moment. If you want to be in contention for play-off places at the end, you have to win your home games and that is what we are doing.
“We spoke about a winning culture earlier this season and I think it is an extention from the Super 14 to the Currie Cup. The players have shown it last week and the previous week. There is a great vibe and a great attitude and team spirit. Attitude will never be a problem in this side.”
The Vodacom WP team is as follows:
15. Gio Aplon
14. Tonderai Chavhanga
13. Morgan Newman
12. Gcobani Bobo (C)
11. Wylie Human
10. Willem De Waal
9. Alastair Siegelaar
8. AJ Venter
7. Francois Louw
6. Pieter Myburgh
5. Ross Skeate
4. Adriaan Fondse
3. Brok Harris
2. Deon Fourie
1. Wicus Blaauw
16. Simon Westraadt
17. Schalk Ferreira
18. Nico Du Plessis
19. Justin Melck
20. Paul Delport
21. Isma-eel Dollie
22. PJ Vermeulen