Billed as the game of the weekend and rightly so, both the WP and Lions have thrilled so far this season bagging the full complement of points that were on offer.
Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has named an unchanged squad from the one that made light work of the Bulls last weekend and he would have been pleased at not having an injury list long as Eben Etzebeth’s arm for a change, Nizaam Carr and and Siya Kolisi were in some scintillating form last week but will be up against an entirely different beast this weekend.
Johan Ackerman has lost his captain Warren Whiteley to Springbok duty but one gets the feel that this Lions team is about the collective rather than the individual, the loose trio of Britz, Tecklenburg and Minnie will set out to make it a long afternoon for the home side using their blend of speed and ferocious contesting at the breakdown. The Lions seem more comfortable and settled with their game plan than their hosts and hold the edge in that regard.
Expect the game to be played at a blinding pace even though the last few days the Cape has experienced some heavy rainfall.
Western Province – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 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, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Subs: 16 Neil Rautenbach, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Ruan Botha, 19 Rynhardt Elstadt, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Jaco Taute.
Golden Lions – 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Ruan Combrinck, 10 Jaco van der Walt, 9 Ross Cronje, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Warwick Tecklenburg, 6 Derick Minnie (c), 5 Franco Mostert, 4 MB Lusaseni, 3 Ruan Dreyer, 2 Robbie Coetzee, 1 Schalk van der Merwe.
Subs: 16 Armand van der Merwe, 17 Jacques van Rooyen, 18 Martin Muller, 19 Jaco Kriel, 20 Guy Cronje, 21 Kwagga Smith, 22 Howard Mnisi.