Put what has been a disappointing Super Rugby performance out of your mind. That is in the past. Clear your mind. Now focus on what lies before you. The defence of a cup we fought so hard to win. The defence of a cup we bled for. This cup, the very title which eluded us for over a decade, is now under threat. Now look yourself in the mirror and ask yourself one question: “How far am I willing to go to retain this title?”
Amped? I sure am. The very thought of the immense rugby entertainment which lies before us gets my mouth-a-watering and it doesn’t get any bigger for Province than this weekends match at The Hallowed Grounds of Newlands vs the Bulls. Yessir! The North vs South derby has been raging since ages ago with its intensity only increasing with each passing season. The dominant forward pack and kicking game of the Bulls vs the
supposed flair and flash of Western Province. But in recent seasons – much to my disgust – Province have themselves adopted more of a koppestamp approach which inevitably results in the North vs South derby turning into a full-blown war of attrition.
Province have named a well-balanced squad in the absence of a few of their senior players, who are preparing for the fast approaching Rugby Championships. The usual suspects are present with the addition of a couple of U/21 stars who have proven their hunger for higher rugby honours.
Forwards: Siyabonga Ntubeni, Stephan Coetzee, Steven Kitshoff, Alistair Vermaak, Pat Cilliers, Brok Harris, Gerbrandt Grobler, De Kock Steenkamp, Ruan Kitshoff, Deon Fourie (captain), Michael Rhodes, Rynhardt Elstadt, Nizaam Carr.
Backs: Louis Schreuder, Nic Groom, Gary van Aswegen, Tim Swiel, Kurt Coleman, Berton Klaasen, Damian de Allende, Pat Howard, Ryan Nell, Gerhard van den Heever, Ederies Arendse, Cheslin Kolbe, Gio Aplon.
The match kicks off at 17h00 on Saturday evening and is set to be a humdinger.