Currie Cup

Harris: Flyhalf in a prop's body

2013-08-15 11:30
Brok Harris (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Western Province prop Brok Harris has admitted he enjoys taking the ball at first receiver from time to time.

Harris will play his 100th game for WP when they tackle the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands on Saturday, and while he hopes to put in a better scrum performance than last week against the Blue Bulls, he said he'll never shy away from showcasing a bit of skill.

"They say I'm a flyhalf trapped in a prop's body!" he told the Cape Times. "But it comes from a long time ago, and I love to pass and play a bit at scrumhalf. It's lekker (nice)."

The 28-year-old, who was again picked at No 3 ahead of Pat Cilliers for Saturday's clash, said it's a huge honour to represent WP 100 times and singled out last year's Currie Cup triumph as the highlight of his career.

"Playing 100 games for WP is great! It actually caught me out, as I didn't think I was close to that. To run out in front will be super on Saturday."

But WP fans will be hoping Harris focuses solely on his task at hand at scrum time, as he struggled heavily in that department in their 24-all draw to the Bulls last week.

Harris said he's confident they can turn things around against the Cheetahs.

"I just felt that we weren't settled with the new rules, so we went to look at it again and worked hard to improve. We had a buy-in from everyone during the last few Super Rugby games, and we had a good vibe going in the scrums.

"Maybe we thought a bit that it was going to be easy, so we will have to work hard to get back to where we were.

"I won't say it's difficult to scrum now. It's just a new thing that we need to get used to. It will take one or two games to adapt."

Saturday's clash kicks off at 19:15.


Western Province

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Pat Howard, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Gary van Aswegen, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Michael Rhodes, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Pat Cilliers, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Ryan Nell

Free State Cheetahs

15. Hennie Daniller, 14. Riaan Smit, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Robert Ebersohn, 11. Raymond Rhule, 10. Elgar Watts, 9. Sarel Pretorius, 8. Philip van der Walt, 7. Pieter Labuschagne, 6. Boom Prinsloo (captain), 5. Waltie Vermeulen, 4. Lodewyk de Jager, 3. John-Roy Jenkinson, 2. Hercu Liebenberg, 1. Caylib Oosthuizen   
Substitutes: 16. Ethienne Reynecke, 17. Wian du Preez, 18. Teboho Mohoje, 19. Davon Raubenheimer, 20. Piet van Zyl, 21. Willie du Plessis, 22. Piet Lindeque

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