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W.Province unchanged for Lions in Currie Cup

Western Province Currie Cup coach Allister Coetzee

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Article Published: Wednesday 20 August 2014|

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Western Province Currie Cup coach Allister Coetzee has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday's Currie Cup match against the Golden Lions at Newlands.

Hookers Tiaan Liebenberg (back) and Scarra Ntubeni (calf muscle) remain sidelined, meaning Stephan Coetzee continues in the No.2 jersey with Neil Rautenbach again warming the bench.

Centre Juan de Jongh continues to lead the team, having led WP to wins over the EP Kings (away) and the Blue Bulls (home) thus far, with tighthead prop Pat Cilliers serving as his vice-captain once again.

Province and the Lions met on three occasions in last year's Currie Cup, with the team in Blue and White hoops winning both matches at Newlands and the teams playing to an exciting 31-31 draw in Johannesburg.

"The Lions represent a big test for us as they're not scared to have a go with ball in hand, even from their own goalline," Western Province coach Coetzee said on the WP site.

"I'd say they're the overall favourites in the Currie Cup. They're the pace-setters, they have a good set-piece and, like I said, they're not scared to attack from anywhere.

"Yes, we are also unbeaten so far, but I'd like to see us become a bit more consistent... especially if you want to become the tournament pace-setters. (So) you can't have any so-called 'soft' moments in your game."

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 , 1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: 16. Neil Rautenbach , 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)