Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
16 Oct 2014
3:00 pm

Western Province roll out the big guns

Rudolph Jacobs

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee has recalled all his big guns for Saturday's 2014 Absa Currie Cup semifinal against the Blue Bulls at Newlands (kick-off 5pm).

Allister Coetzee. File picture: Ziyaad Douglas/Gallo Images

Flanker Rynhardt Elstadt is the only starting survivor from last week’s experimental line-up that took on a full-strength Sharks team at Newlands.

Among the players recalled by coach Coetzee this week are skipper and centre Juan de Jongh – the team’s leading try-scorer this season- vice-captain and tighthead prop Pat Cilliers, the fit-again pairing of fullback Cheslin Kolbe and lock Jean Kleyn, and SA Sevens speedster Seabelo Senatla.

Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis will play his 50th match for Province this weekend, with Nic Groom partnering him at halfback.

Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder and flyhalf Kurt Coleman, who both reached the 50-game mark for Province this season, revert to the bench this week, where they will be joined by Oli Kebble, Brok Harris, Sikhumbuzo Notshe and young gun EW Viljoen.

Western Province: Cheslin Kolbe; Kobus van Wyk, Juan de Jongh (capt), Michael van der Spuy, Seabelo Senatla; Demetri Catrakilis, Nic Groom; Nizaam Carr; Michael Rhodes; Rynhardt Elstadt, Manuel Carizza, Jean Kleyn, Pat Cilliers, Scarra Ntubeni, Alistair Vermaak. Bench: Neil Rautenbach, Oli Kebble, Brok Harris, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Louis Schreuder, Kurt Coleman, EW Viljoen.