Province head down to Mbombela this weekend knowing that nothing other than five points will be good enough.
Should Alister Coetzee’s men achieve that goal, they could move within three points of the Sharks at the top of the Currie Cup log, leaving John Plumtree’s team vulnerable should they not manage to beat the Cheetahs on Saturday. The Pumas have been good value for money this season, particularly at home, though.
Will they make life as tough for Province as they did for the Sharks and (especially) the Blue Bulls? Province are taking no chances and have named a full strength lineup to face the minnows in Nelspruit.
Ref: Andrew Lees (Australia)
ARs: Stuart Berry, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: JC Fortuin
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Pumas: 15 Johan Jackson, 14 Conrad Marais, 13 Shaun Venter, 12 Ricardo Croy, 11 Allister Kettledas, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Hendrik van der Nest, 8 Christo le Roux, 7 Jaco Bouwer, 6 Corné Steenkamp (captain), 5 Andries Kruger, 4 Eduan van der Walt, 3 Ashley Buys, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Ronnie Uys.
Replacements: 16 Hannes Franklin, 17 Dawie Steyn, 18 De-Jay Terblanche, 19 Willem Serfontein, 20 Juan Visser, 21 Ashwin Scott, 22 Vainon Willis.
Western Province: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Willem de Waal, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Pieter Louw, 5 Anton van Zyl (captain), 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Hanyani Shimange, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nick Köster, 20 Conrad Hoffmann, 21 Gary van Aswegen, 22 Paul Bosch.