Fourie fit to lead unchanged WP

Wed, 23 Oct 2013 10:40
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Western Province skipper Deon Fourie has been passed fit and will lead an unchanged side in the Currie Cup Final at Newlands on Saturday.
 

Western Province skipper Deon Fourie has been passed fit and will lead an unchanged side in the Currie Cup Final at Newlands on Saturday.

Fourie has been battling with a neck injury this week and did not train on Wednesday, but was named to lead the defending champions against the Sharks this weekend.

Coetzee said the captain was making "good progress" and it is "looking good".

"There is no doubt about his availability, he will be playing ion Saturday," coach Allister Coetzee added.

Wing Gerhard van den Heever also sat out training with what the coach described as "stiffness in the groin", but he will also be "good to go" for the Final.

Coetzee has named an unchanged team from the one that saw them to a home semifinal victory over the Golden Lions last week as they look to retain their title on home soil.

National skipper Jean De Villiers will start in the No.13 jersey in what will also be his 50th match for Western Province.

Juan de Jongh has been named on the bench, as he was the win over the Lions.

"Being at Newlands is fantastic and great, but there are no guarantees," said Coetzee.

"We have to be even better than last Saturday (in the semifinal) against the Lions. We have to start better and we have to stay in it for 80 minutes. We don't want to be in a situation in a Final where you take so long to work yourself back and get your dominance back."

Western Province: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 13 Jean de Villiers, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Deon Fourie (captain), 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Frans Malherbe, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Michael Rhodes, 19 Schalk Burger, 20 Nic Groom, 21 Kurt Coleman, 22 Juan de Jongh.

Date: Saturday, October 26
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.30 (15.30 GMT)
Referee: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant referees: Christie du Preez, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Deon van Blommestein

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