Jones takes centre stage against Bulls

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:29
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: There are five changes to the Western Province team for the Currie Cup clash with the Blue Bulls at Newlands on Saturday.

Scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, flyhalf Damian Willemse, centre Huw Jones, flank Jaco Coetzee and hooker Siyabonga Ntubeni all come into the starting line-up for the North-South derby.

Vermaak replaces the injured Dewaldt Duvenage and will partner Willemse at halfback, with Justin Phillips and Kurt Coleman on the replacements bench.

Jones makes his first start since returning from a hamstring injury and will line up at inside centre.

Both Coetzee and Ntubeni come into the starting line-up, with Ramone Samuels and Stephan de Wit on the replacements bench alongside lock Eddie Zandberg, who is in line to make his Currie Cup debut.

Western Province head coach John Dobson said that his team are looking forward to playing at Newlands again.

"It is alway a big game when the Blue Bulls come to Newlands and this will be no different.

"It has been a tough week for us, but the players are determined to rise to the occasion and show what we are capable of," he said.

Western Province: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Michael Kumbirai, 18 Eddie Zandberg, 19 Steph de Wit, 20 Justin Phillips, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Dan Kriel.

Date: Saturday, August 12
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 GMT)
Referee: TBC
Assistant referees: TBC
TMO: TBC

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