The 2012 Vodacom Cup gets under way this weekend, with a number of teams already having been named for the first round.
Western Province take on Boland on Saturday, kicking off at Newlands at 4pm, in a game that should be well-supported given the lack of a Stormers fixture this weekend. A number of experienced Currie Cup player will be in action for both sides, with the selection of Kurt Coleman at fullback for Province an interesting one. Scrumhalf nic Groom will captain the side, which marks the return to competitive rugby for front ranker Schalk Ferreira, starting the game at loose head prop.
He’ll come up against former Lions strong man, Ross Geldenhuys, starting his first game for Boland in the number 3 jersey. The visitors will be led by Stormers veteran Bolla Conradie.
WP: 15 Kurt Coleman, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 JP du Plessis, 12 Marcel Braché, 11 Danie Poolman, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom (capt), 8 Tyrone Holmes, 7 Don Armand, 6 Reuben Johannes, 5 Quinn Roux, 4 Mike Ledwidge, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Sidney Tobias, 1 Schalk Ferreira.
Subs: 16 Pieter Stemmett, 17 Wicus Blaauw, 18 Yaya Hartzenberg, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Ricky Schroeder, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Michael van der Spuy.
Boland: 1 Charl du Plessis, 2 Clemen Lewis, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 4 Jerry Sefoko, 5 Nolan Clark, 6 Franzil September, 7 Thor Halvorsen, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 9 Bolla Conradie (capt), 10 Ricardo Croy, 11 Brendon April, 12 Adriaan Klaasen, 13 Jonathan Francke, 14 Adam Barlow, 15 Jacquin Jansen.
Subs: 16 Hans van Dyk, 17 BJ Julies, 18 PJ van Zyl, 19 Milroy Isaacs, 20 Neil Papier, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Senan van der Merwe.
Free State have also named their side to play SWD in Bloemfontein on Saturday afternoon. Led by experienced flanker Francois Uys, the side features a few big names including those of veteran Philip Burger at fullback and Barry Geel in midfield.
Free State: 15 Philip Burger, 14 Kholo Ramashala, 13 Johan van Schalkwyk, 12 Barry Geel, 11 Marco Mason, 10 Riaan Smit, 9 Izak Jacobs, 8 Dries van Schalkwyk, 7 Francois Uys (capt), 6 Oscar Limani, 5 Waltie Vermeulen, 4 Ockie van Zyl, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Elandré Hugget, 1 Vaatjie Koortzen.
Subs : 16 Antonie Earl, 17 Justin Pappin, 18 Charl Schult, 19 Neil Claassen, 20 André van der Walt, 21 Mzuvukile Duma, 22 Sethu Tom.
The Sharks XV take on Border in East London on Friday night and have yet to confirm their lineup.Tweet