Currie Cup

Brok Harris to captain WP

2014-10-09 12:50
Brok Harris (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Experienced prop Brok Harris will captain Western Province in their final league match of the 2014 Currie Cup season - against the Sharks at Newlands on Saturday (kick-off 17:05).

Western Province have already qualified for a home semi-final, by virtue of their top of the log finish with a game in hand, and head coach Allister Coetzee has handed starts to captain Harris, fit-again Springbok hooker Tiaan Liebenberg and flyhalf Kurt Coleman, who will make his 50th appearance for WP.

Inside centre Jaco Taute was not considered for selection due to a rib injury, with Michael van der Spuy and Pat Howard combining at centre this week.

Wings EW Viljoen and Devon Williams will get their first taste of Currie Cup action, whilst forwards Oli Kebble (prop) and Jurie van Vuuren (lock) will earn first-ever starts at this level after impressing off the bench last weekend.

Forwards Justin Ackerman (prop), Gavin Annandale (lock/flank) and Patrick O’Brien (loose forward) are all in line to make their first-ever Currie Cup appearances from the bench, along with utility back Chevandre van Schoor.

A familiar face on the bench this week is that of former Western Province captain Anton van Zyl, who joins the match-day squad following injuries to first-choice locks Jean Kleyn and Ruan Botha.

“It’s a great opportunity to expand the capacity of our squad,” Coetzee said at Thursday’s team announcement.

“I’d love to be in the position to have some selection headaches for the semi-final after a big game like this against the Sharks who have everything to play for and will create just the pressure-filled environment needed to test those players coming into this side this week.”

Coetzee is expecting a tough match on Saturday, as the Sharks head to Newlands knowing that a win could put them in line for a home semi-final.

He told the WP Rugby website: “The Sharks are starting to fire at the right time, they’re starting to play some good rugby and there’s a big belief in the side. They’re a formidable team and will present a huge challenge (for us).”


Western Province:

15. Dillyn Leyds, 14. EW Viljoen, 13. Pat Howard, 12. Michael van der Spuy, 11. Devon Williams, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Rohan Kitshoff, 5. Gerbrandt Grobler, 4. Jurie van Vuuren, 3. Brok Harris (captain), 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Oli Kebble

Substitutes: 16. Neil Rautenbach, 17. Justin Ackerman, 18. Gavin Annandale, 19. Anton van Zyl, 20. Patrick O’Brien, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Chevandre van Schoor


15. SP Marais, 14. Tonderai Chavhanga, 13. S’bura Sithole, 12. Andre Esterhuizen, 11. Lwazi Mvovo, 10. Lionel Cronje, 9. Cobus Reinach, 8. Tera Mtembu (captain), 7. Etienne Oosthuizen, 6. Jacques Botes, 5. Marco Wentzel, 4. Stephan Lewies, 3. Matt Stevens, 2. Monde Hadebe, 1. Thomas du Toit

Substitutes: 16. Franco Marais, 17. Dale Chadwick, 18. Lourens Adriaanse, 19. JC Astle, 20. Khaya Majola, 21. Conrad Hoffmann, 22. Fred Zeilinga

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