Western Province put on a good showing last week against a more favoured Cheetahs outfit at the Hallowed Grounds of Newlands. This week they travel to Kimberley to take on the self-confessed – and proven – ‘giant killers’. Without doubt what the Griquas side lack on paper they make up for in heart, a willingness to score tries and one hell of a hard field.
Province would be expected to take this match and certainly head into the encounter as favorites, but you know – and I know – that the Currie Cup throws up new challenges on a weekly basis. A Griquas team frothing at the gash to prove themselves as more than a second tier provincial rugby team are Western Province’s challenge this weekend and what a challenge it is set to be. Hopefully Province can keep the ball rolling and remain unbeaten in the competition. If their pack can dominated up front – as they did in last weekend’s wet affair – they will lay the platform to launch their outside backs. Sounds simple right? If only it was. What is important at this stage, however, is for Province to establish consistency in their results as this rugby season has seen the franchise go ‘win-loss-win’ on a number of frustrating occasions. Whilst last week wasn’t pretty, lessons were learnt and it would be great to see the learning continue this weekend.
Your Western Province team to take on the Griquas this Saturday at 15h00:
15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Gerbrandt Grobler, 19 Rohan Kitshoff, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Tim Swiel, 22 Ryan Nell.
You stay classy.