50-Up For Western Province’s Louis Schreuder

Scrumhalf Louis Schreuder will play his 50th provincial match on Saturday and he will have a new halfback partner for the occasion, when Western Province go up against the Xerox Golden Lions in Johannesburg (kick-off 17:05).  The WP starting XV shows just two changes from last week’s 49-14 demolition of the EP Kings, with Kurt Coleman partnering half-centurion Schreuder in what will be his first start of the 2014 Absa Currie Cup and vice-captain Pat Cilliers returning at tighthead prop.  With Coleman starting at Number 10, Demetri Catrakilis moves down to the bench where he will be joined by Brok Harris, who swaps around with Cilliers in the front row, loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe, who is in for the suspended Rynhardt Elstadt, and debutant scrumhalf Godlen Masimla who replaces the injured Nic Groom.

SA Sevens star Justin Geduld remains on the bench with Cheslin Kolbe having been passed fit for Saturday’s Ellis Park excursion, whilst the other noteworthy selection on the Western Province bench is Springbok tourist Scarra Ntubeni who joins the matchday 22 at the expense of Neil Rautenbach.  Ntubeni is back to full fitness after battling with a calf muscle strain and he will add to Western Province coach Allister Coetzee’s options from the bench.  Coetzee told the Western Province website, “Cheslin ran well today and will take his place in the Number 15 jersey and Scarra’s selection on the bench is also great news for us against a Lions team that has plenty to play for.  With Seabelo Senatla sidelined with an ankle injury it would’ve been a blow to (also) lose Cheslin, given the similar skill-set and attacking threat that he also brings to our backline.”

The WP boss also wished Louis Schreuder well on the occasion of his 50th game in the Blue & White hoops, adding:,”It’s a great moment for Louis Schreuder, in his 50th match for DHL Western Province.  Nic Groom also played his 50th match earlier this season and losing him is a blow for us.  But the inclusion of Godlen Masimla is also an exciting time for a player who has come through the Varsity Shield with UWC, the DHL WP Under-21 team and our Vodacom Cup team.”

The DHL WP team for Saturday (v Golden Lions, away) is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Kobus Van Wyk
13. Juan De Jongh (captain)
12. Jaco Taute
11. Pat Howard
10. Kurt Coleman
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Michael Rhodes
6. Siya Kolisi
5. Ruan Botha
4. Jean Kleyn 
3. Pat Cilliers (vice-captain)
2. Stephan Coetzee
1. Alistair Vermaak

Replacements:
16. Scarra Ntubeni
17. Brok Harris
18. Manuel Carizza
19. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
20. Godlen Masimla (On Currie Cup debut for Western Province)
21. Demetri Catrakilis
22. Justin Geduld