Western Province coach Alister Cotezee has named his side to take on the Griffons in a compulsory friendly in Welkom on Friday night.
It’s not a particularly friendly-looking team, with the bulk of the tight five retained from the Stormers Super 14 team and an experienced set of halfbacks in Dewaldt Duvenage and Willem de Waal. Springbok fullback Conrad Jantjes makes his long-awaited return to rugby in the number 15 jersey, after being out injured for the better part of a year.
All in all, Province look like they will be able to field a competitive unit in this year’s Currie Cup, with centre and loose forward being the only areas where they might struggle a little. That’s pretty impressive, though, if you consider that they’ve contributed 9 players to the Bok squad, as well as losing Peter Grant and Joe Pietersen to overseas clubs.
15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Fabian Juries, 13. Tim Whitehead, 12. Paul Bosch, 11. Marcel Brache, 10. Willem de Waal, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynardt Elstadt, 6. Pieter Louw, 5. Anton van Zyl (captain), 4. Adriaan Fondse, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Wicus Blaauw
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. JD Moller, 18. JC Kritzinger, 19. Martin Muller, 20. Pieter Myburgh, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Lionel CronjeTweet