WP name strong team for Bulls

2013-08-07 13:20

Cape Town - Several of their Super Rugby stalwarts will start for Western Province in their Currie Cup opener against the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.

Kick-off is at 17:05.

Flank Deon Fourie will captain the team from the No 6 jersey, with 2013 Stormers representatives, Gio Aplon, Gerhard van den Heever, Damian de Allende, Gary van Aswegen, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, Nic Groom, Nizaam Carr, Rynhardt Elstadt, Ruan Kitshoff, Rhodes, De Kock Steenkamp, Grobler, Cilliers, Brok Harris, Scarra Ntubeni and Steven Kitshoff, all in the matchday squad.

There are also three starting debutants for the defending champions. Outside centre Pat Howard, left-wing Cheslin Kolbe and lock Gerbrandt Grobler will all be starting at Currie Cup level for the first time, whilst, on the bench, props Alistair Vermaak and Pat Cilliers and utility forward Michael Rhodes will play their first Currie Cup matches for WP.

Howard made three appearances - all from the bench - in last year's Currie Cup, whilst Kolbe, Grobler, Rhodes and Vermaak have all played Vodacom Cup rugby for Western Province. Cilliers, meanwhile, will make his WP debut after moving to Cape Town at the start of 2013.

WP coach Allister Coetzee told the WP Rugby website: "We're looking ahead to the 2013 Currie Cup season - it's another great opportunity (for us) to unearth some new talent.

"North-South derbies are always big games and we're not expecting anything different come this weekend. We're excited to be starting our campaign at home and we're hoping to have a big crowd at Newlands."


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 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Alistair Vermaak, 17 Pat Cilliers, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Ruan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Berton Klaasen

Blue Bulls:

15 Jürgen Visser, 14 Sampie Mastriet, 13 Ulrich Beyers, 12 Francois Venter, 11 Travis Ismaiel, 10 Tony Jantjies, 9 Rudy Paige, 8 Jono Ross (captain), 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Wiaan Liebenberg, 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Frik Kirsten, 2 Willie Wepener, 1 Morné Mellet.

Substitutes: 16 Callie Visagie, 17 Marcell van der Merwe, 18 Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19 Jean Cook, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Waylon Murray, 22 Clayton Blommetjies


  • Heresmy Finger - 2013-08-07 13:21

    lol, Stong team. ha ha.

      Pietskiet Springbok - 2013-08-07 13:23

      No rookies can't see alice in wonderland building for the future. Good luck to both teams Go SA Rugby!!!!

      Steve Biko - 2013-08-07 13:25


      Springbok Bokke - 2013-08-07 13:45

      Piet weet sy bulletjies is kuk. Hulle het nie diepte nie. Nou skree hy maar GO SA rugby.bwahahahahahaha

      Pietskiet Springbok - 2013-08-07 15:28

      Twakkie dankie raad gevolg spoed lees is soos 'n springhaas sonder sy IK. Springhaas I say that on all my comments. So cry us a river. GO SA Rugby!!! PS Isak is jy 'n verkragter of net dom?

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:28

      visser, hou jy daarvan is mans ander mans verkrag of wat, siek vark

  • Abubaker 'Berk' Abbass - 2013-08-07 13:24

    Young backline with loads of speed bulls are you ready for cheslin kolbe? #wpjoulekkerding

      Sooth Sayer - 2013-08-07 15:10

      Mr Potato head your predictions smack of smack!

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 20:29

      Kolbe, the dude that makes gio look like a giant? Won't cut it in curry cup, never mind super rugbyZzzz

  • Chop Draad - 2013-08-07 13:28

    Ag shame, unearth new talent, Allister you lost most of your talent to the Bulls and Sharks, then you have Klassen and Burton on the bench, Swiel is ten times better than Burton and covers No 10 and 15 and played SA /21, Klassen defence have question marks and evertime he receives the ball he runs sideways. Allister stop talking, start coaching the team and let the score board do the interview, or even better accept a contract overseas so WP Rugby can appoint a decent coach !!!

  • phillip.duplessis.5 - 2013-08-07 15:39

    can't wait to see Cheslin play!!With him and Aplon we must play attacking rugby...

  • Jacobus Wynand Rautenbach - 2013-08-07 17:37

    nag vir daai klomp jong apies, go wppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

  • Mara Van Rooyen - 2013-08-07 17:59

    WP coach Allister Coetzee told the WP Rugby website: "We're looking ahead to the 2013 Currie Cup season - it's another great opportunity (for us) to unearth some new talent. Wahahahahahahahahahhaa ek is seker daarvan hy glo al die stront wat hy praat, dis n VOL Super15 ou KROESsee tot jou eie supporters lag en wil ontslae raak van jou

      Natalie Mannel - 2013-08-07 18:04

      Wie is die vrou???? Wie lag so????

      Mara Van Rooyen - 2013-08-07 19:34

      Wat het dit met JOU te doen........toe toe staan op aandag as jy met my praat

      Brutus Mcgreggor - 2013-08-07 21:12

      Mara, Jamel se neus is amper so skeef soos Gaydrian, ignoreer die simpel poppie

      Deon Meyer - 2013-08-08 07:46

      Vol super15 span? Waar is Jean x 2, Habana, Pietersen, Duane, Bekker, Estebeth, Tiaan, Dewald en Janjies. That's ten players two thirds of a team. Get your facts right.

  • Corne du Plessis - 2013-08-07 19:39

    They are in for a big match.

  • Ettienne Lochner - 2013-08-08 08:44

    Chumani Ngcokovane - August 7, 2013 at 15:10 Report commentComments Policy Bulls A lost to the Stormers 30-13 bulls b were not good enough cause they were part of the 30-13 drumming. Bulls c we will see this weekend. What is the difference? Wp also have players on Springbok duty, playing overseas and a couple of new players from varsity cup. You don't have depth, you have waylon murray. Deal with it

  • Ettienne Lochner - 2013-08-08 08:44

    Team P W PTS 1 Western Province 0 0 0 -------->LOG LEADERS ALREADY 2 Griquas 0 0 0 3 Golden Lions 0 0 0 4 Sharks 0 0 0 5 Free State Cheetahs 0 0 0 6 Blue Bulls 0 0 0

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