Young guns to tackle Golden Lions
Western Province coach John Dobson has included two Stormers players in his team to take on the Golden Lions in a friendly in Johannesburg on Friday.
Stormers scrumhalf Nic Groom and hooker Siyabonga Ntubeni bolsters the team, which includes 12 Under-21 players as well as a handful of Western Province club and Vodacom Cup players.
“It’s an exciting Province team and a good opportunity for these talented young players to make a step up against a Lions outfit that is settled and playing some great attacking rugby,” said Dobson.
“The friendly is of great importance to us as we prepare for the domestic competitions, as it provides crucial game time out of competition phase and an opportunity for many of these players to put their hands up for inclusion in the squads for the domestic competitions later this year.”
Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Pat Howard, 13 Berton Klaasen, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Devon Williams, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Rayn Smid, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Joshua Katzen, 5 Wilhelm van der Sluys, 4 Taz Fuzani, 3 Dylan Rogers, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Ashley Wells.
Replacements: 16, Stephan Coetzee, 17 Allistair Vermaak, 18 Jean Kleyn, 19 Carel du Preez, 20 Ryan Olivier, 21 Godlin Masimla, 22 Kobus van Wyk.
Date: Friday, June 14
Venue: Ellis Park, Johannesburg
Kick-off: 19.00 (17.00 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Jaco van Heerden, Gerrie de Bruin