Burger benched for Province Currie Cup semi

After an injury-enforced six weeks absence, Springbok Schalk Burger makes a return to the Western Province Currie Cup team from the reserves’ bench against the Blue Bulls in Saturday’s Currie Cup semifinal at Newlands.

In view of the fact that the Province loosies have performed so well as a unit this season, coach Allister Coetzee decided against tampering with combination.

However, Coetzee feels that Burger, who will no doubt be short of match fitness, will serve the team’s interest best when he joins the fray in the second half.

Coetzee sprung a surprise with his choice of the young Matie Paul Bosch at inside centre.

In recent weeks Province have fielded various midfield combinations and Coetzee’s choices were curtailed when wing Tonderai Chavhanga withdrew from the squad with a calf injury.

Frikkie Welsh who has had several outings at centre this season has moved to the wing.

Sireli Naqelevuki, the Fijian-born winger, has also been battling with a shoulder injury but he was declared fit on Wednesday and has been chosen to provide cover on the bench.

The Western Province team:

Joe Pietersen, Frikkie Welsh, Juan de Jongh, Paul Bosch, Peter Grant, Dewaldt Duvenhage, Luke Watson (captain), Duane Vermeulen, Francois Louw, Andries Bekker, Anton van Zyl, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg and Wicus Blaauw.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, JC Kritzinger, De Kock Steenkamp, Schalk Burger, Ricky Januarie, Matt To’omua and Sirel Naqelevuki.





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