Nic Groom Back For Western Province

There was good news on the injury front for DHL Western Province on Monday, with no new injuries in the camp and scrumhalf Nic Groom once again available for selection ahead of Friday night’s Currie Cup clash against the Pumas.  Province will head to Nelspruit to take on the Pumas at the Mbombela Stadium on Friday (kick-off 19:00) and Groom will come into consideration for the match after missing the past two weeks.  Province currently lie in first position on the table, with 29 points from seven games (six victories).

The Pumas are in fourth position on 19 points (four wins from seven games) and coach Allister Coetzee says, “It’s a big positive to have a clean bill of health. Nic is back for us and Stephan will undergo a fitness test (tomorrow), but it’s nice, in a short week like this one, to have minimal injuries.”  Coetzee is not underestimating the Mpumalanga side, “They’re unbeaten at the Mbombela Stadium this season, so it will be a tough challenge for us but one we’re looking forward to.  The challenge is to win away from home in the Absa Currie Cup – especially after slipping up in Johannesburg two weeks ago – and we need to show the same kind of intensity and accuracy that we showed in the first half against Griquas, but for 80-plus minutes.”

Meanwhile, hooker Stephan Coetzee (ankle/hip pointer) is making good progress and will undergo a fitness test before the team is announced on Tuesday.