Cape Town - Western
Province have been boosted by the inclusion of backline stars Dan du Plessis
and Bjorn Basson for their SuperSport Rugby Challenge encounter with Eagles
in Oudtshoorn on Sunday.
Coach John Dobson's team will be looking to end the league phase of the
competition unbeaten when they run out at Bridgeton Sports Grounds in
Oudtshoorn for the match.
With the likes of Chad Solomon, Caylib Oosthuizen, Godlen Masimla, Michal
Hazner and Khanyo Ngcukana sidelined through injury, Dobson has had to make a
number of changes.
Basson comes in on the left wing, with Marcello Sampson on the right and Craig
Barry at fullback, whilst a fit-again Du Plessis links up in the midfield with Blitzboks star Ruhan Nel.
There is also a new halfback pairing of Brandon Thomson and Justin Phillips to
round off the new-look backline.
Flank Nyasha Tarusenga gets his first start of the campaign alongside skipper
Eital Bredenkamp and No 8 Jaco Coetzee in the loose trio.
Eddie Zandberg and Jurie van Vuuren are in the second row and up front hooker
Dean Muir is flanked by props Michael Kumbirai and Frans van Wyk.
Percy Mngadi and Ash Wells provide front row cover, with Luke Stringer and
Johan du Toit the other forward replacements.
Halfbacks Paul de Wet and Errol Jaggers and outside back Dan Kriel are also set
to make an impact if called upon from the replacements bench.
Dobson said that it is important for his team to take some winning momentum
into the knock-out phase of the tournament.
"This will be one of our toughest games yet, so it will be a good test of
where we are at ahead of the play-offs," said Dobson.
"We are determined to take another step up and ensure that we take as much
confidence as possible from Oudtshoorn with convincing performance."
Kick-off on Sunday is at 15h00.
15 Craig Barry, 14 Marcello Sampson, 13
Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Justin
Phillips, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Nyasha Tarusenga, 6 Eital Bredenkamp (captain), 5
Eddie Zandberg, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Frans van Wyk, 2 Dean Muir, 1 Michael
Substitutes: 16 Percy Mngadi, 17 Ash Wells, 18 Luke Stringer,
19 Johan du Toit, 20 Paul de Wet, 21 Errol Jaggers, 22 Dan Kriel.