The North vs South derby will kick off slightly earlier than usual due to the Springbok game at Loftus later the afternoon and both coaches will be hoping to be in a good mood whilst catching the premier teams game.
Allister Coetzee’s charges ended the game against the EP Kings on a comfortable enough score line but the reality was less so, the young DHL WP squad were rattled in the first 40 by a motivated Kings squad making their first Currie Cup appearance in 15 years and Luke Watson ended up as MOTM for the losing team. WP, possible frustrated by Jaco Peyper’s decisions got drawn into a large amount of niggle and cynical play and saw 3 yellows for their efforts. The silver linings are that new captain Juan de Jongh would take some valuable experience from that fixture and the performances of Pat Howard and Demitri Catrakilis.
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
The Bulls took a proper pasting at the hands of cross town rivals The Lions last week going down 41 – 13 but that counts for nothing when these teams face off. There is a huge amount of pride at stake here and both teams traditionally stand up for this fixture no matter the previous weeks result, Frans Ludeke was happy with certain elements of his teams display against the Lions and no worked hard on execution during the week, he will be depending on Deon Stegmann to lead a new look loose trio to secure as much clean possession as possible.
Blue Bulls:15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Sampie Mastriet, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Piet van Zyl, 8 Jono Ross, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Deon Stegmann (captain), 5 Grant Hattingh, 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Marcel van der Merwe.
Replacements:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Hencus van Wyk, 18 Nicolaas Janse van Rensburg, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Rudy Paige, 21 Tony Jantjies, 22 Jesse Kriel.