Currie Cup

Wet Newlands to help Griquas?

2013-09-20 09:06
Robbie Fleck (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A wet Newlands could level the playing field when Griquas take on Western Province in a Currie Cup clash on Friday night.

WP boast exciting attacking players in flyhalf Kurt Coleman, wing Cheslin Kolbe and fullback Gio Aplon, but the wet weather in Cape Town is likely to curb their natural instincts.

WP backline coach Robbie Fleck said they have plans in place for the expected wet conditions, and hinted they may revert back to the more conservative style they have become notorious for over the last few seasons.

In an interview with Die Burger's website, he said it will be a big challenge for the attacking trio to excel in conditions that do not necessarily suit their natural games.

"We do, however, have Louis Schreuder and Demetri Catrakilis who we can send on if we want to play a more tactical game. (But) it's a good opportunity for guys like Kurt and Cheslin to experience tough conditions," said Fleck.

Griquas, on the other hand, seem buoyed by the wet weather and believe it could count in their favour.

"WP are especially dangerous from outside centre. It will neutralise things a bit it it's wet," fullback Gouws Prinsloo told the Volksblad website.

Prinsloo also said the fact that they have a number of good tactical kickers (himself, Nico Scheepers and Francois Brummer) in their team, could sway things in their favour.

The unbeaten Capetonians currently top the Currie Cup standings, while Griquas make up the rear with only one win in six outings.

Kick-off is at 19:10.


Western Province:

15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Rohan Kitshoff, 5. De Kock Steenkamp (captain), 4. Taz Fuzani, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Scarra Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rayn Smid, 20. Josh Katzen, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Demetri Catrakilis


15. Gouws Prinsloo, 14. Nico Scheepers, 13. Jean Stemmet,  12. Howard Mnisi, 11. Rocco Jansen, 10. Francois Brummer, 9. Jacques Coetzee,  8. Leon Karemaker, 7. Burger Schoeman, 6. Marnus Schoeman , 5. Jaco Nepgen, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Nick Schonert, 2. Ryno Barnes   (Captain),  1. Steph Roberts

Substitutes: 16. Matthew Dobson, 17. Brummer Badenhorst, 18. Patrick O’Brien, 19. RJ Liebenberg, 20. Marnus Hugo, 21. Du Randt Gerber, 22. Richard Lawson

Referee: Lourens van der Merwe

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