Province hoping to build on Blue Bulls performance

Western Province coach Allister Coetzee is hoping that his team can build on their Currie Cup performance last weekend against the Blue Bulls and play the same way against the Free State Cheetahs on Saturday


Experienced pivot Nic Groom was named in the side to take on the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein, while captain Deon Fourie was shifted to flank.


Fourie said he was confident his side would be fully prepared for a tough Cheetahs challenge and said WP would have to forget about their convincing win over the Blue Bulls last weekend in preparing for their next fixture.


“We had a lot that went in our favour and the ball bounced well for us,” Fourie said on Wednesday.


“But that does not go without saying that we were prepared and up for whatever was thrown our way, and we’ll take the same approach with us to Bloemfontein.”


Meanwhile, Damian de Allende will get his first start in a Currie Cup match for Province. At the front of the scrum, Brok Harris will get a start at loosehead prop, with Frans Malherbe named on the bench.


The dynamic trio were the only changes to coach Alistair Coetzee’s starting line-up for their clash in Bloemfontein, bolstering an inexperienced line-up that humiliated the Blue Bulls 42-6 a week ago.


Province will face an uphill challenge against a Cheetahs outfit sneaking up on the log leaders, having won two and lost two matches.


WP lead the Cheetahs by a single point on the log.


Coetzee believes WP’s demanding victory over the Bulls will build confidence and ensure the side will remain in the hunt for a semi-final spot.


“Some of our under-21’s have been tested at the highest level, and they have really put in a fantastic effort with the superior results,” Coetzee said.


“Building our team has a dual purpose in developing players and consistently winning.


“It is a matter of keeping continuity and we want to be consistent.


“We are very fortunate to have a reserve bench who can cover more than one position, so we have selected players specific to the plan we’ve implemented and spoken about for a while now.”

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