WP makes one change for Blue Bulls

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DHL Western Province head coach Allister Coetzee has named his team for Friday’s Absa Currie Cup clash against the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria (19h10).

Coetzee has made just one change to the starting XV from last week, with Nic Groom and Louis Schreuder rotating at scrumhalf.

The DHL WP boss has also opted for a five-two forwards split on the bench, with loose forward JJ Gagiano replacing centre Berton Klaasen in the matchday 22.

Unfortunately, flanker Rynhardt Elstadt – who was due to make his return from a rib cartilage injury this week – was not considered for selection, after suffering a recurrence of his injury.

Elstadt woke up in discomfort on Tuesday morning, after team training on Monday, and after being sent for a scan it was decided to withdraw him from the selection frame for this weekend.

Western Province might have beaten the Blue Bulls 42-6 in their previous Absa Currie Cup encounter this season (just over a month ago), but coach Coetzee warned that a far tougher Bulls outfit would be waiting for his team at Loftus Versfeld on Friday night.

Said Coetzee: “They’re definitely a desperate side and I can tell you that they’ll come out firing in what will be a tough game for us.

“The Bulls are a proud union, this is unfamiliar territory for them. We really expect nothing less than the game of the season for them. It’s a big challenge and it’s one we’re looking forward to.”

The DHL Western Province team to take on the Vodacom Blue Bulls is as follows:

15. Joe Pietersen

14. Gerhard van den Heever

13. JP du Plessis

12. Marcel Brache

11. Damian de Allende

10. Demetri Catrakilis

9. Nic Groom

8. Jebb Sinclair

7. Tyrone Holmes

6. Deon Fourie (captain)

5. De Kock Steenkamp

4. Don Armand

3. Frans Malherbe

2. Scarra Ntubeni

1. Steven Kitshoff

RESERVES:

16. Deon Carstens

17. Brok Harris

18. Wilhelm van der Sluys

19. Helmut Lehmann

20. JJ Gagiano

21. Louis Schreuder

22. Pat Howard

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan

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  1. Al was perplexed why they lost to the fading Lions.

    Let me help you AL, you are not as good as you think you are and were beaten by a better COACHED team.

    How long will this union keep under performing before some one acts???

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  2. Reply to Kevin Rack @ 5:07 am: Must agree Kevin, the players are in this team but they do not perform week after week and also not building to something, that is WP and Stormers biggest problem over the past few years. They hot and cold and never progress as tournaments go on. The Lions are getting better ever week.

    We can see the same with the Bulls were I also believe that Pine is not cutting it yet, I feel sorry for him because he is a young coach and needs to develope with players but will the demanding public cost him his job.

    Thinking about it the Cheetahs are the same, showing the signs but do not go through with progress in the CC the past few years.

    Then I think why the flook do we let coaches like JW, Nick go overseas.

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  3. Cape Times reporting that Elton is on his way to WP country on a loan agreement for Superugby next year. Brilliant news.

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  4. I think Elton will be good for the Stormers, but I cannot say hand-on-heart that the Stormers will be good for Elton.

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