It is fantastic that we are going into this weekend with World Cup Quarter Finals and ABSA Currie Cup semi-finals.

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First semi-final will be on Friday night with Western Province going to Loftus to get one over the Blue Bulls.

Province coach John Dobson has announced his team for the clash which kick-off at 19:10.

Dobson have included Kolbe, Senatla, Kotze, Eldtadt, Botha and Bongi to the starting line-up for the semi-final.

Allot will be put on Elstadt to bring the physicality to the team as they looked to upset a good Blue Bulls team at Loftus. A few weeks ago Province got a real beating from the young Blue Bulls side at Loftus but did manage to turn the cards on the return match at Newlands.

The team will be led by Juan de Jongh with some great back three that can test the Blue Bulls with Senatla, Kolbe and Leyds.

The one player that will be responsible for how Province go on Friday is Du Preez who has lived up to the hype that has been around the youngster for the past two years. He has made a huge difference in the team’s ability to attack with purpose and score tries.

Having players like Rynhardt and Jano back in our 22 is a big boost for us, given that they’re both experienced players who have played in games of this nature before,” Dobson told the WP Rugbywebsite.

Our average (match-day squad) age is just over 23; Dillyn Leyds, Johnny Kotze, Rob du Preez, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Wilco Louw, Mikey Willemse, Jurie van Vuuren and Huw Jones are all playing in their first-ever Currie Cup semi-finals – so any additional experience can only help those players and, of course, the team on the whole.”

We have had a short week, but it’s been a sharp one as we look to take on a Blue Bulls team that has been excellent at home this season and, thus, deserving of hosting a home semi-final.

Meanwhile, the WP Under-19s will face up to the Blue Bulls’ Under-19s in the curtain-raiser to Friday’s senior semi-final at Loftus Versfeld (in their Absa Provincial U19 semi-final), with the WP Under-21s hosting the Golden Lions in their Under21 semi-final at City Park on Saturday (14:00 kick-off).

Western Province:

  1. Cheslin Kolbe, 14. Dillyn Leyds, 13. Johnny Kotze, 12. Juan de Jongh (captain), 11. Seabelo Senatla, 10. Robert du Preez, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6. Rynhardt Elstadt, 5. Ruan Botha, 4. Jean Kleyn, 3. Wilco Louw, 2. Bongi Mbonambi, 1. Steven Kitshoff Substitutes: 16. Michael Willemse, 17. Oli Kebble, 18. Chris van Zyl, 19. Jurie van Vuuren, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Kurt Coleman, 22. Huw Jones


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