Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has had to make a couple injury enforced changes to the team that played against the Leopards last week, with De Kock Steenkamp being the only returnee from injury who reclaims his starting spot from Quinn Roux.
The backline and loose trio remain the same from last week, with Brok Harris returning to the starting line up after a little break last week, and ginger kid Steven Kitshoff returns from u21 duty thanks to Wicus Blaauw being ruled out of the rest of the competition with a wrist injury and subsequent operation.
The rotational policy that Coetzee had going with Tiaan Liebenberg and Deon Fourie thankfully seems to have been put on hold with Liebenberg maintaining his starting spot and the captaincy for the fourth week running.
On the bench Coetzee has opted for the 5-2 split with speedster Steven Hunt having been ruled out probably nudging him towards that option. There are a bunch of promising u21 stars featured on the bench, Frans Malherbe, Nizaam Carr, Siya Kolisi, Roux, Nic Groom and Berton Klaasen all from the current u21 squad, which bodes very well for Western Province’s future.
15. Conrad Jantjes, 14. Danie Poolman, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Marcel Brache, 11. JJ Engelbrecht, 10. Isma-eel Dollie, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nick Koster, 7. Tertius Daniller, 6. Nick Fenton-Wells, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Hilton Lobberts, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg (C), 1. Steven Kitshoff
16. Deon Fourie, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. Nizaam Carr, 19. Siya Kolisi, 20. Quinn Roux, 21. Nic Groom, 22. Berton Klaasen
Kick Off: Saturday, 17:00 – Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria.