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WP make one Currie Cup change for Blue Bulls

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee talks to Scarra Ntubeni

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Article Published: Thursday 14 August 2014|

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Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has made one change to his Currie Cup starting line up to face the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.

The only change to the WP line-up sees Stephan Coetzee named in the No.2 jersey, in his first start at this level, with the injured Tiaan Liebenberg (back) dropping out this week.

Fellow hooker Scarra Ntubeni suffered an injury setback at training on Tuesday, meaning that UCT Varsity Cup star Neil Rautenbach gets a chance on the bench - on debut - as back-up to Coetzee. Ntubeni tweaked his calf muscle at training and will be out for a minimum of 14 days.

Whilst coach Coetzee has not tampered too much with his starting team this week, there are plenty of new faces on the bench as Brok Harris, Ruan Botha, Rynhardt Elstadt, Kurt Coleman and Jaco Taute all return.

Prop Harris (shoulder), lock Botha (ankle), flank Elstadt (shoulder) and flyhalf Coleman (knee) are all back from injury, whilst centre/fullback Taute is back from compassionate leave to give the home side a powerful bench with plenty of options.

"Selection was incredibly tough this week, but, thankfully (and mostly), for all the good reasons!," said Coetzee on the WP site.

"Like I said earlier this week, we needed to marry continuity with players coming back and I am comfortable with the selections we have made this week and I have full confidence in each and every player in the team."

Province opened their 2014 Currie Cup campaign with a bonus-point win against the EP Kings in Port Elizabeth last Friday, whilst the Blue Bulls went down by 13-41 to the Golden Lions in Johannesburg.

"What happened last week matters for nothing, for both us and the Bulls," said Coetzee.

"There is no such thing as a weak Blue Bulls side and you only have to think back to last year's Currie Cup encounter between our two teams when a young Bulls team was a conversion away from beating us.

"We're preparing for a tough encounter against the Bulls, as always, and we're certainly determined to give a good account of ourselves in front of our home fans at Newlands."

Western Province

15. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Juan de Jongh (captain), 12. Michael van der Spuy, 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Michael Rhodes, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Manuel Carizza, 4. Jean Kleyn , 3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain), 2. Stephan Coetzee (First Currie Cup start for Western Province), 1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach (On Currie Cup debut for Western Province), 17. Brok Harris, 18. Ruan Botha, 19. Rynhardt Elstadt, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Jaco Taute

 
 
 
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Currie Cup Table

Currie Cup table (Premier Division)              Currie Cup Table
 
Team
P
W
L
D
PF
PA
PD
Bp
Ttl
1. W.Province 8 7 1 0 281 149 132 6 34
2. Lions 8 6 2 0 292 173 119 6 30
3 8 5 2 1 233 179 54 3 25
4. 8 3 4 1 213 213 9 5 19
5.
Pumas
8 4 4 0 206 206 0 3 19
6. 8 4 4 0 188 217 -29 2 18
7. 8 2 6 0 163 261 -98 3 11
8. EP Kings 8 0 8 0 155 333 -178 1 1

(Updated each Monday to check with officials)