DHL WP change one for Sharks outing
Louis Schreuder is back at scrumhalf for DHL Western Province in the only change to the defending champions’ line-up for Saturday’s top-of-the-table Absa Currie Cup clash against the Sharks at DHL Newlands (19h10).
Regular vice-captain Schreuder replaces Nic Groom in the No.9 shirt, with the latter dropping to the bench after last week’s thrilling 31-31 draw against the MTN Golden Lions in Johannesburg.
Schreuder will partner Kurt Coleman at halfback, with fit-again flyhalf Gary van Aswegen replacing WP Under-21 star Tim Swiel on the bench in the only other change to the Province matchday squad.
Whilst Province are the only unbeaten team in the 2013 Absa Currie Cup competition, the Sharks currently top the log with 14 points from four matches, followed by the Toyota FS Cheetahs and DHL WP on 12 points apiece.
“It’s going to be another tough game (for us),” WP coach Allister Coetzee told www.wprugby.com. “Although it’s a home game for us the Sharks will play with a lot of confidence. We certainly have our work cut out for us (this weekend).”
The DHL Western Province team: 15. Gio Aplon, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Cheslin Kolbe, 10. Kurt Coleman, 9. Louis Schreuder (vice-captain), 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Deon Fourie (captain), 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Michael Rhodes, 3. Pat Cilliers, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Rohan Kitshoff, 20. Nic Groom, 21. Gary van Aswegen, 22. Michael van der Spuy
Referee: Craig Joubert