Van Wyk wings it for WP against Cheetahs in Currie Cup

Wing Kobus van Wyk is back in the Western Province line-up for Friday evening’s
Currie Cup clash against the FS Cheetahs at the Free State Rugby Stadium in
Bloemfontein.

WP, the defending Currie Cup champions, will be looking to bounce
back from last weekend’s defeat to the Vodacom Blue Bulls in Pretoria and Van
Wyk’s inclusion is one of three changes to the starting line-up this time around.

The hard-running Van Wyk comes in for Dillyn Leyds on the right-wing, scrumhalf
Godlen Masimla replaces Nic Groom, who is on Barbarians duty in London, and
Alistair Vermaak starts at loosehead prop in place of the injured Oli Kebble.

Kebble’s hamstring has not recovered sufficiently from the weekend, whilst
exciting talent Masimla will make his first Currie Cup start for Western
Province in the absence of both Groom and Jano Vermaak, who injured his finger
against the Bulls.

Fit-again halfback Louis Schreuder is the new scrumhalf replacement and he
will be joined on the bench by Currie Cup debutant JP Smith – the new prop
replacement – and lock Jan de Klerk, who comes in for the injured Chris van
Zyl (knee).

Leyds, one of his team’s two try-scorers last weekend, reverts to the bench
to make way for Van Wyk, who is back to full fitness, and, like Masimla, deserved
of a first start of WP’s 2015 campaign, with Huw Jones missing out on the matchday
squad.

“Enough has been said about last weekend’s defeat. We were not good enough
and we all know that, ” said Western Province coach John Dobson.

“It’s a short turnaround this week, so we have not harped on things too
much, preferring, instead, to get to work and put things right.

“The guys have trained well so far and the new faces have brought some
new energy too, so we’re looking forward to putting things right in Bloemfontein.

“We all know what Kobus van Wyk is capable of with his direct running
from the wing, but, as a coaching staff, we’re particularly excited about Godlen
Masimla’s first start at this level. Dawie Snyman and I first spotted him as
a raw 20-year-old in 2012 and he has come through the ranks from UWC, our Under-21s
and our Vodacom Cup set-up. This is a great opportunity for him to show what
he can do. “

The Cheetahs, who lost in the rain to WP in Round Two of the 2015
Currie Cup, bounced back to form last weekend with a bonus point victory over
Griquas and Dobson has warned of a tough challenge awaiting his team.

“The Cheetahs will be eyeing up this match as a one to win – they’re at
home against a team that lost heavily a few days ago and they ran us close in
Cape Town two weeks ago, ” he said.

“At the same time, we know we need to win and win well, but we need to
remain controlled and focused on the plan at hand in order to prevent a repeat
of last week. “

Western Province

15. Cheslin Kolbe ,
14. Kobus van Wyk ,
13. Johnny Kotze ,
12. Jaco Taute (vice-captain) ,
11. Seabelo Senatla ,
10. Demetri Catrakilis ,
9. Godlen Masimla ( Currie Cup starting debut for WP) ,
8. Nizaam Carr (captain) ,
7. Sikhumbuzo Notshe ,
6. Rynhardt Elstadt ,
5. Ruan Botha ,
4. Jean Kleyn ,
3. Wilco Louw ,
2. Bongi Mbonambi ,
1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements: , 16. Scarra Ntubeni , 17. JP Smith (On Currie Cup debut
for WP) , 18. Jan de Klerk , 19. Chris Cloete , 20. Louis Schreuder , 21. Kurt
Coleman , 22. Dillyn Leyds

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