Dobson swaps Kok for Senatla

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 13:11
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Western Province coach John Dobson has added fit-again Seabelo Senatla to his starting XV for their Currie Cup match against the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

Senatla's return is the only change to the backline which did duty in the 57-14 victory against the Free State Cheetahs at Newlands last weekend. The speedster will take a spot on the right wing, with his Springbok Sevens teammate Werner Kok providing cover on the replacements bench.

Up front there are two new props with JC Janse van Rensburg at loosehead and Michael Kumbirai coming into the starting line-up at tighthead, in the absence of Wilco Louw who has been called up to the Springbok squad in New Zealand.

Ali Vermaak and Caylib Oosthuizen provide front row cover, with loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe alongside them to provide impact off the replacements bench.

Nizaam Carr will earn his 50th cap for Western Province as coach Dobson has made minimal changes to the Currie Cup side that will take on the Pumas in Nelspruit on Friday.

The 26-year-old loose forward will start at No.8 in the Mbombela Stadium clash.

Western Province John Dobson said that his side is under no illusion about the size of the task facing them in Nelspruit.

"We have seen how tough it has been for sides to go to Mbombela Stadium this season, so we know that we will have to be at our best on Friday.

"We have challenged ourselves to lift our intensity and be as accurate as possible for what is a critical hurdle in our Currie Cup campaign," he said.

Western Province: 15 Craig Barry, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Michael Kumbirai, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Caylib Oosthuizen, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Robert du Preez, 22 Werner Kok.

Date: Friday, September 15
Venue: Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant referees: Ricus van der Hoven, Shemea Mushiribindi
TMO: Lesego Legoete

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