Vodacom Western Province will be looking for a good start to their Vodacom Cup campaign when they tackle the Eastern Province Mighty Elephants at Newlands on Saturday.
The Elephants lost to the SWD Eagles last week and their coach, Chris Grobler, warned Jerome Paarwater and his troops that they will be coming to Cape Town with only one goal in mind and that is a win.
Paarwater, however, selected what he described as “possibly the strongest Vodacom Cup team that I have coached”.
Former Springbok hooker Hanyani Shimange leads the team, Springbok scrumhalf Bolla Conradie, Springbok flank Hilton Lobberts, former Stormers wing Wylie Human, Tongan flyer Alipate Fatahefi and promising youngsters such as Morgan Newman, Joe Pietersen, Pieter Myburgh and Pieter Louw are all ready to prove they have to be in the Vodacom Stormers squad for the overseas leg of their Super 14 campaign.
Paarwater only this week had the chance to coach the players who were released from the Stormers training squad but he was nevertheless optimistic about his side’s chances against the Elephants. “We got together only this week, but I am confident that the guys will do well.”
The coach said he doesn’t know too much about the opposition, but was confident that they have the ammunition to deal with whatever the Elephants dish out.
Teams for Newlands:
Vodacom WP: Hayden Groepes; Wylie Human; PJ Vermeulen, Morgan Newman, Alipate Fatafehi, Joe Pietersen, Bolla Conradie, Jody Burch, Pieter Louw, Pieter Myburgh, George Earle, Hilton Lobberts, André Schlechter, Hanyani Shimange (k), Denzil Riddles.
SUBSTITUTES: Peter Wium, Eric Coetzee, Martin Muller. Conrad Brits, Conrad Hoffmann, Coenie Van Wyk, Terry Jacobs.
Eastern Province Elephants: Ryan Brown, Ryan January, Alfonso Pietersen, Ashwin van Heerden, Elcardo Mintoor, Rouaol Japhta, Marlon Lewis, Michael Vermaak (capt), Thandinkosi Geleba, Elroy Ligman, Ashley Viviers, Trichardt van Tonder, Pumlani Nodikida, Stanley Afrikaner, Divan Barnard.
SUBSTITUTES: Robert Dyer, Ayanda Nogampula, Sivuyile Kobokana, Fabian Smith, Daniël Vosloo, Clyde Theron, Deon Booysen.
Taken from the Official WP Rugby websiteTweet