Currie Cup

Notshe, Geduld start for WP

2014-09-18 13:42
Justin Geduld (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe and utility back Justin Geduld will make their first Currie Cup starts for Western Province in Saturday's home fixture against Griquas (kick-off 15:00).

Notshe will wear the No 6 jersey at Newlands in the absence of injured loose forward colleague Siya Kolisi, while SA Sevens star Geduld will start on the left-wing as part of the five changes to the WP team this week.

Kolisi (knee) and hooker Stephan Coetzee (ankle) both miss out after picking up injuries in last Saturday’s 33-35 loss to the Golden Lions at Ellis Park, while flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis, tighthead prop Brok Harris and hooker Scarra Ntubeni all move into starting roles - from the bench - this week.

Harris rotates again with squad vice-captain Pat Cilliers, who drops down to the bench where he will be joined by fellow prop - and Currie Cup debutant - Oliver Kebble, who is back to full fitness after picking up an ankle injury during Super Rugby.

“We’ve made more changes than we would’ve liked, but injuries have forced our hand a bit this week," coach Allister Coetzee told the WP Rugby website.

“I’m very happy for Justin and Notshe who will be making their first Currie Cup starts after very useful contributions off the bench last week. We have every bit of confidence in their abilities and look forward to seeing how they adapt to starting roles.”

Coetzee, meanwhile, also explained his thinking behind naming a five/two bench (in terms of the split behind between forwards and backs) for the Round 7 clash against the men from Kimberley.

“We might need to go this route (a five/two split on the bench) later in the Currie Cup, so we thought it would be a good opportunity to test it out at Newlands this weekend.

“We will be able to see how it goes against a forward-orientated team like Griquas, whilst it’s also a nice chance for us to get Oli Kebble back into the mix and into a playing role.”


Western Province:

15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh (captain), 12. Jaco Taute, 11. Justin Geduld, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Alistair Vermaak

Substitutes: 16. Neil Rautenbach, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Pat Cilliers, 19. Manuel Carizza, 20. Rohan Kitshoff, 21. Godlen Masimla, 22. Kurt Coleman


15 Gouws Prinsloo, 14 Ederies Arendse, 13 Jonathan Francke, 12 Doppies la Grange, 11 PJ Vermeulen, 10 Francois Brummer (captain), 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Burger Schoeman, 7 Ruaan Lerm, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Hugo Kloppers, 4 Hilton Lobberts, 3 Maks van Dyk, 2 Martin Bezuidenhout, 1 Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16 Ryno Barnes, 17 Janro van Niekerk, 18 Jonathan Adendorf, 19 Carel Greeff, 20 Abrie Griesel, 21 Dean Grant, 22 Danie Dames

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