Western Province will kickstart their Currie Cup this weekend when they play the Free State Cheetahs in Cape Town.

The Free State started last week against the Blue Bulls but git hammered at the end at home and will want to get back to winning ways.

With only one round of matches this year no team can afford to many losses and specially at home so they will have to get a win back away from home to get back to par.

Western Province did not play in week one and had a tour in France to warm up for their defence of the Championship they won last year.

According to coach Dobson the tour went well and was the perfect preparation for the tournament.

Leyds will lead the WP team on Saturday from the wing with SP Marais at fullback and JJ Engelbrecht on the other wing.

Sergeal Petersen will make his debut for WP from the bench with Ruhan Nel and Dan Kriel will manage the midfield for Province with Dan Du Plessis as cover on the bench.

Josh Stander will start at ten with Jano Vermaak at nine.

Province have Notshe back from the Springboks and he will stary with Van Dyk and Augustus.

There is allot expected from Augustus this year to show he is worthy to get a spot in Super Rugby next year.

DHL Western Province Head Coach John Dobson said that his side is determined to start their campaign on a positive note at DHL Newlands.

We have had a good pre-season in preparation for this campaign so everyone is very keen to go out there and implement what we have planned.

“It is great to start the season at DHL Newlands and the players are keen to make an impression in front of our loyal supporters,” he said.

The Cheetahs has made seven changes to the side that lost last week against the Blue Bulls.

In the backline, Dries Swanepoel replaces Benhard Janse van Rensburg at outside centre, while Louis Fouche and Tian Meyer form a new halfback partnership, replacing Tian Schoeman and Rudy Paige.

In the loose trio, Aidon Davis replaces Niell Jordaan at No 8, while Jasper Wiese comes in for Junior Pokomela in the No 6 jersey.

At lock, Dennis Visser replaces JP du Preez, with Stephan Malan providing cover on the bench.

At tighthead prop, Gunther Janse van Vuuren switches places with Luan de Bruin.

Swanepoel, Fouche and Davids will be making their debuts for the Free State Cheetahs.

The game is on Saturday at 17:00 and will be broadcast on SS1

Predictions: WP will take this one by 8 points


DHL Western Province: 15 SP Marais, 14 JJ Engelbrecht, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds (captain), 10 Josh Stander, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Ernst van Rhyn, 20 Herschel Jantjies, 21 Dan du Plessis, 22 Sergeal Petersen.

Toyota Free State Cheetahs: 15 Malcom Jaer, 14 Rabz Maxwane, 13 Dries Swanepoel, 12 Nico Lee, 11 William Small-Smith, 10 Louis Fouche, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Aidon Davis, 7 Oupa Mohoje (captain), 6 Jasper Wiese, 5 Dennis Visser, 4 Justin Basson, 3 Gunther Janse van Vuuren, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Ox Nche

Replacements: 16 Jacques du Toit, 17 Erich de Jager, 18 Luan de Bruin, 19 Stephan Malan, 20 Junior Pokomela, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Ernst Stapelberg

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  1. NOt a bad side either for a CC team… particularly WP… a good mix of young and experience. All the talk has been Augustus… but I’m more excited to see whether Michael Kumbirai can become the next Beast/Mujati…

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