Home Currie Cup 2019 Currie Cup Preview – Toyota Free State Cheetahs v DHL Western Province

Currie Cup Preview – Toyota Free State Cheetahs v DHL Western Province


Western Province will travel to Bloemfontein with the knowledge that they have to win and win big against Free State to stand any chance to make the playoffs.

The loss against Griquas has dumped Dobson and his men into a must win situation in this last round of matches.

Dobson have opted to throw Junior Springbok Rikus Pretorius in this game as he will make his debut for Province on Saturday.

A lot have been spoken of the natural talent of Pretorius and on Saturday the young man can make the first step towards what many expect to be a great career.

Dobson also have the services of Leyds, Willemse, Lous and Ntubeni back. The Springboks will bring that much needed experience back into the team for this crucial match.

Leyds takes his place at fullback with Marais shifting to the wing.

Pretorius will partner with Nel in the midfield with Willemse starting this game at flyhalf.

The only changes to the pack will see Springboks Louw and Ntubeni taking their places next to Corne Fourie.

Augustus is also back from his injury and will play of the bench.

Free State coach Franco Smith has made a few changes to his side.

Joseph Dweba who has made a huge impression this Currie Cup season so far is back in the starting XV replacing Du Toit at hooker.

Boan Venter will make his debut for the Free State at prop replacing Coetzee who will cover from the bench.

In the second row Manjezi comes in for Du Preez and on the side of the scrum Nonkontwana will start inplace of Olivier.

In the backline we see Small-Smith moving to the midfield in place of Swanepoel wit Adonis taking over on the wing.

Schoeman will return to the number ten jumper in place of Fouche.

This is going to be a massive battle up front and we expect some great running rugby from the backs.

The scoreboard normally ticks on nicely when these two team meet and with so much on the line we can expect a great game of rugby in the city of roses.


Free State: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Darren Adonis, 13 Benhard Janse van Rensburg, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Tian Meyer (captain ), 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Ruan Pienaar, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Abongile Nonkontwana, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Walt Steenkamp, 4 Sintu Manjesi, 3 Boan Venter, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Schalk van der Merwe

Replacements:  16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Aranos Coetzee, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Gerhard Olivier, 21 Jasper Wiese, 22 Dries Swanepoel /Dian Badenhorst, 22 Louis Fouche

Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 SP Marais, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Justin Phillips, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 JD Schickerling, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Corne Fourie

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Nama Xaba, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla


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