Cape Town - Stormers and Springbok hooker Bongi Mbonambi has made a full recovery from an abdominal injury and will play for Western Province in the SuperSport Challenge this weekend.
Fullback Craig Barry and Mbonambi
will both start against the SWD Eagles at the Bridgeton Sports Grounds in Oudtshoorn on
Both players will make their
first appearance of the season, as Western Province look to continue their
unbeaten start to the campaign, in a match that kicks off at 15:00 on Sunday.
There are just two changes to
the backline, with Barry at fullback and Justin Phillips starting at scrumhalf,
which means that Herschel Jantjies and Tristan Leyds are set to make an impact
off the replacements bench.
In the forward pack Mbonambi
will pack down in the front row alongside Kwenzo Blose, who makes his first
start of the campaign at loosehead prop, and Neethling Fouche, while Johan du
Toit moves to lock and Jaco Coetzee and Chris Massyn join the loose trio.
Coach John Dobson said that after their bye, his team want to put together a
convincing performance in Oudtshoorn.
"It was good to be able
to regroup during the bye and the players are looking forward to another
festival in Oudtshoorn.
"Last year our game at
the Bridgeton Sports Grounds was a tough one, so we know that we will have to
raise our standards considerably to meet the challenge on Sunday," he
15 Craig Barry, 14 Duncan Saal, 13 Dan Kriel, 12 Dan
du Plessis, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Joshua Stander, 9 Justin Phillips, 8
Jaco Coetzee, 7 Luke Stringer (captain), 6 Chris Massyn, 5 Johan du Toit, 4
Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Neethling Fouche, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Kwenzo Blose.
Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Brendon Esterhuizen, 19 Marno
Redelinghuys, 20 Steph de Wit, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Tristan Leyds.