Dobson shuffles the deck for Lions

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 11:29

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Western Province coach John Dobson has made some changes to the backline for the Currie Cup semifinal against the Golden Lions at Newlands on Saturday.

There are three positional switches in the backline and just one change to the forward pack for the knock-out clash.

Dillyn Leyds moves from wing to fullback, with Ruhan Nel taking his place out wide and EW Viljoen back in midfield alongside Huw Jones.

This means that Damian Willemse and Werner Kok feature on the replacements bench, along with scrumhalf Jano Vermaak - who returns from injury.

Flank Kobus van Dyk is the only change to the forward pack which started in the win against the Sharks in Durban last week.

Props Allister Vermaak and Frans van Wyk join the replacements.

The Province coach, Dobson, said that his team was determined to make the most of home advantage at Newlands.

"It is going to be a special occasion for everyone involved with a Currie Cup home semifinal at Newlands so we are looking forward to it," Dobson said.

"The players have worked incredibly hard to get to this point and now the challenge is to make the most of this opportunity," he added.

Western Province: 15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Huw Jones, 11 Ruhan Nel, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl (captain), 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Mbongeni  Mbonambi, 1 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Allister Vermaak, 18 Frans van Wyk, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Werner Kok, 23 Damian Willemse.

Date: Saturday, October 21
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT)
Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge
Assistant referees: AJ Jacobs, Archie Sehlako
TMO: Shaun Veldsman

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