Cape Town - Western Province have announced their squad to take on the
Cheetahs in yet another crucial Currie Cup clash at Newlands on Saturday.
Flyhalf, Lionel Cronjé will start at pivot
for Allister Coetzee’s charges, replacing Ishma-eel Dollie who has started the
last two matches in that position.
The other forced change may involve
replacing centre, Johann Sadie, who has fallen ill with a stomach bug.
The move has prompted the coaching staff to
reshuffle the backline once more, with the favoured move seemingly moving wing,
Danie Poolman to the midfield, should Sadie not recover in time for Saturday’s
“Danie has been training this week, but
Johann took a bump against the Bulls, and is now sick. I think it’s a stomach
bug or something, and we will make a call on him on Friday,” WP backline coach Robbie Fleck told
Thursday’s Cape Times.
“Berton Klaasen has been with us and is a
centre, but he and Marcel Brache are inside centres. We are looking at under-21
player Michael van der Spuy, as well as Stokkies Hanekom and Tiger Bax.
“The other option is to move Danie to 13,
and bring in Bom (Shuaib Samaai) at wing. Danie has played at outside centre for the under-21s
and in the Varsity Cup, while Bom has played a lot of Currie Cup rugby for the
Leopards. We will look at all our options tomorrow at practice.”
Meanwhile, Cronjé, who will leave WP after the
end of the current campaign after signing for the Blue Bulls earlier this week ,joins
the exodus of young talent leaving the Mother City, while Dollie will be left
out in the cold once again.
“I feel for Ish, as he was finding his
rhythm within the team. But Lionel is 100% fit, and is the only flyhalf at our
disposal, so he is back in the mix,” Fleck said.
“We always talk to him about
control, but we want him to bring his natural talent to the game. He is a
dangerous player and we will back him on that, obviously within the game plan
15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Marcel Brache', 11 JJ Engelbrecht, 10 Lionel Cronje, 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 (captain), 1 JD Moller
Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Nizaam Carr, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Berton Klaasen, 22 Heinrich Steyl
Free State Cheetahs:
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Robert Ebersohn, 12 Philip Snyman, 11 Cameron Jacobs, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Ashley Johnson, 7 Boom Prinsloo, 6 Pieter Labuschagne, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 4 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Substitutes: 16 Hercu Liebenberg, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Francois Uys, 19 Johan Wessels, 20 Tewis de Bruyn, 21 Sias Ebersohn, 22 Andries Strauss.