WP coach Allister Coetzee yesterday made only 2 changes to the run on team that delivered a 32-o hiding to the Lions at Newlands on Saturday.
The Leopards fixture seemed an ideal opportunity to give some of the youngsters in the squad a run and judging by the amount of U/21 and Vodacom Cup players present at senior training on Monday and Tuesday it seemed like a weakened WP would be taking to the field on Friday night.
I mentioned yesterday that I hoped that Coetzee would be a bit wary of making wholesale changes as losses to the Valke and Boland in previous seasons had scuttled WP chances of making the semi final stages of the competition and it seems that Coetzee was not about to relive those experiences as he resisted the urge to go with the young squad.
The only changes to the starting are livewire hooker Deon Fourie coming in for Tiaan Liebenberg and JD Moller covering for the injured Wicus Blaauw.Yazir Hartzenburg and JC Kritzinger each get a seat on the bench.
Hartzenburgs selection over Nick Koster is that WP are looking to develop Hartzenburg into a blindside flank while Koster is primarily an 8th man.
The squad to take on the Leopards is :
15. Conrad Jantjes 14. Fabian Juries13. Tim Whitehead12. Paul Bosch 1. Frikkie Welsh10. Willemde Waal9. Dewaldt Duvenage8. Duane Vermeulen7. Rynardt Elstadt6. Pieter Louw 5.Anton van Zyl (Captain)4. Adriaan Fondse3. Brok Harris2. Deon Fourie1. JD Moller
Reserves:16. Tiaan Liebenberg17. JC Kritzinger18. Martin Muller19. Yaya Hartzenberg20. PieterMyburgh21. Conrad Hoffmann22. Lionel Cronje
I would have liked for Lionel Cronje to start this fixture but I’m pretty sure we will see this youngster coming onto the field directly after the break.Getting the bonus point in this fixture is also almost non negotiable as the Sharks and Bulls are breathing down WP necks for the top spot.Tweet