Province look to raise standards against FS Cheetahs


The Western Province coach, John Dobson, has rung the changes in his side ahead of tomorrow night’s Currie Cup third round clash against the Toyota Free State Cheetahs.

Jaco Taute will begin at fullback in Cape Town while Kobus van Dyk starts on the wing.

The Blitzboks, Cheslin Kolbe, is back from Rio de Janeiro where he won a bronze medal in the rugby tournament and he will be playing off the bench.

Huw Jones and Johnny Kotze will patrol the midfield at centre with Dan du Plessis out due to a shoulder injury.

Brandon Thomson makes his Currie Cup debut at flyhalf with Robert du Preez among the replacements.

Sikhumbuzo Notshe returns from the Springbok camp in Nelspruit and will run out at eighth man while JC Janse van Rensburg replaces the injured Oli Kebble on the bench.

Dobson says they will have to raise their standards against the Free State on Friday.

“The players have worked hard this week, and we know that we are in for a serious test against a Cheetahs side that has won both of their games this season convincingly.

“We will have to raise our standards, but we are confident that we can get the result we are looking for at Newlands if we execute our plans.”

Tomorrow afternoon’s clash between Western Province and the Free State at Newlands kicks off at 17:05.

Western Province – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Johnny Kotze, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Brandon Thomson, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Chris van Zyl (captain), 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Alistair Vermaak.

Replacements – 16 Martin Ferreira, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 JP Smith, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Godlen Masimla, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Cheslin Kolbe.
Toyota Free State Cheetahs – 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Rayno Benjamin, 13 Nico Lee, 12 William Small-Smith, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Tian Meyer (captain) 8 Niell Jordaan, 7 Uzair Cassiem, 6 Tier Schoeman, 5 Reniel Hugo (vice-captain), 4 Carl Wegner, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Jacques du Toit, 1 Charles Marais.

Replacements – 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Ox Nche, 18 Tom Botha, 19 Justin Basson, 20 Henco Venter, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Niel Marais, 23 Michael van der Spuy. – MORGAN PIEK