WP to battle on hard ground?
Allister Coetzee (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - The dry conditions and hard field in Kimberley will certainly test Western Province when they line up against Griquas on Saturday, as they have been training on heavy and wet fields in Cape Town.
This should give the home team an edge.
But Pote Human’s team will have to stand their ground against a quality WP outfit to bounce back from their defeat last week.
Their discipline, in particular, has to improve, especially at the breakdowns, as it cost them dearly against the Blue Bulls, while their defence also has to be solid to contain the likes of Springboks Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon.
With both teams having been strong in the scrums to date, the set piece could be decisive.
"We know it’s going to be a massive battle," said WP coach Allister Coetzee
"For us it’s about building momentum and not letting slip the things that we’ve improved on last week.
"That’s what consistency is about and that’s what you need in this competition whether you’re at home or away."
Saturday's clash in Kimberley kicks off at 15:00.Teams:
15 PJ Vermeulen, 14
Nico Scheepers, 13 JP Nel, 12 Howard Mnisi, 11 Rocco Jansen, 10 Francois
Brummer, 9 Marnus Hugo, 8 Leon Karemaker, 7 Hilton Lobberts, 6 Carel
Greeff, 5. Jonathan Adendorf, 4 Jaco Nepgen, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Ryno
Barnes (captain), 1 Steph Roberts.
Substitutes: 16. Matthew
Dobson, 17. Brummer Badenhorst, 18. RJ Liebenberg , 19. Burger Schoeman,
20. Jacques Coetzee, 21. Du Randt Gerber, 22. Richard LawsonWestern Province:
Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de
Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder, 8.
Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock
Steenkamp, 4. Michael Rhodes
, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1.
Substitutes: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg
, 17. Brok
Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21.
Tim Swiel, 22. Ryan Nell
Referee: Sindile Mayende
Assistant Referees: Ben Crouse, Francois de Bruin
TMO: Gerrie Coetzee