The ABSA Currie Cup is heating up and we start the weekend with Western Province traveling to Bloemfontein to take on the Free State Cheetahs.
Western Province comes off a very disappointing second half performance with their coach Dobson coming out in the media to say they embarrassed the union and supporters with the lost to the Blue Bulls.
On the other end the Cheetahs registered their first win in Kimberley last week against Griquas and will want to take full advantage of a Province side against the wall.
Poor defense and aimless decision making especially in there kicking game was a major problem for Province against the Blue Bulls and the Cheetahs is a team that can hurt you in these aspects of the game.
Province will have to be clinical against the men from Bloemfontein if they want to win this one and there season can go downwards very fast if they do not win this one.
Dobson made three changes to his team with Kobus van Wyk coming in for Dilyn Leyds on the wing, scrum-half Godlen Masimla replacing Groom who is playing for the Barbarians this weekend and Alister Vermaak starts at loosehead.
Jano Vermaak was excluded from the team due to a hand injury he picked up against the Blue Bulls. Louis Schreuder is fit again and will get a run from the bench.
“Enough has been said about last weekend’s defeat. We were not good enough and we all know that,” coach John Dobson told the www.wprugby.com website.
“It’s a short turnaround this week, so we have not harped on things too much, preferring, instead, to get to work and put things right. “The guys have trained well so far and the new faces have brought some new energy too, so we’re looking forward to putting things right in Bloemfontein.”
“We all know what Kobus van Wyk is capable of with his direct running from the wing, but, as a coaching staff, we’re particularly excited about Godlen Masimla’s first start at this level. Dawie Snyman and I first spotted him as a raw 20-year-old in 2012 and he has come through the ranks from UWC, our Under-21s and our Vodacom Cup set-up. This is a great opportunity for him to show what he can do.”
The Cheetahs will be coming into the game with some confidance after a good win over Griquas last weekend. Playing in a competition like the ABSA Currie Cup one need to win your home games and they will be going out just to do that against the defending champions.
Coach Smith made only one change to his starting team with BG Uys coming in for Oosthuizen who drops down to the bench. There is also one change to his bench with Kruger coming in for Burger.
It will be important for the Cheetahs to keep there winning ways and a win is important to stay in touch for a play-off spot.
Date: Friday, August 28
Venue: Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein
Kick-off: 19.10 (17.10 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry
Assistant referees: Sindile Ngcese, Pieter Maritz
TMO: Willie Vos