Coetzee opts for bulk in Western Province midfield rather than back three
DHL Western Province coach, Allister Coetzee has seemingly opted to select his bigger players in the centre positions rather than the back three. Pat Howard will join Damian de Allende at centre instead of his normal position on the wing.
Looking at the WP backline it does make sense. Gary van Aswegen and Demetri Catrakilis are not the biggest fly halves around and one will need to prop up the centres in order to remain effective on defense. Province has never been known to have big players out at wing and fullback. Normally one would be enough and Gerhard van den Heever is just that guy. Cheslin Kolbe and Gio Aplon along with Van den Heever will deliver the flair and speed that is need when it is need.
“We’re looking ahead to the 2013 Absa Currie Cup season – it’s another great opportunity (for us) to unearth some new talent, as one can see with the team selected for Saturday,” said Coetzee.
“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.”
DHL WESTERN PROVINCE: Gio Aplon, Gerhard van den Heever, Pat Howard, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe, Gary van Aswegen, Louis Schreuder, Nizaam Carr, Rynhardt Elstadt, Deon Fourie (captain), De Kock Steenkamp, Gerbrandt Grobler, Brok Harris, Scarra Ntubeni, Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: Alistair Vermaak, Pat Cilliers, Michael Rhodes, Ruan Kitshoff, Nic Groom, Kurt Coleman, Berton Klaasen.