Province Currie Cup call up for Frikkie Welsh

The seasoned wing Frikkie Welsh has been called up to bolster the Western Province Currie Cup team which makes its 2010 season debut against the Cheetahs, in Bloemfontein, on Saturday.

Welsh’s inclusion is the only change from the side which did duty against the Griffons in a compulsory friendly in Welkom last Friday, and the young Ikey Marcel Brache is the one to make way.

WP coach Allister Coetzee has identified the Cheetahs’ kicking as a threat as has decided to shore the side’s defence with players who can cope with the pressure of dealing with the opposition’s tactical kicking.

“We have chosen a side which brings solidity to our game, and who will be sound under the high ball,” said Coetzee.

“We know we will be confronted by a Cheetahs side that has a great kicking game.

“There is the ploy by the Cheetahs to use their speedsters in the channels out wide and we have to be prepared for that. “The Cheetahs are know to be a side that operate well in space.”

Western Province team:

Conrad Jantjes, Fabian Juries, Tim Whitehead, Paul Bosch, Frikkie Welsh, Willem de Waal, Dewaldt Duvenage, Duane Vermeulen, Rynhard Elstadt, Pieter Louw, Anton van Zyl (captain), Adriaan Fondse, Brok Harris, Tiaan Liebenberg, Wicus Blaauw.

Reserves: Deon Fourie, JD Moller, JC Kritzinger, Martin Muller, Pieter Myburgh, Conrad Hoffmann, Lionel Cronjé, Morgan Newman.

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