Linston’s on the loose

Linston Manuels will referee the Currie Cup warm-up match between Western Province and Boland on Thursday.

It was Manuels who denied Bulls winger Akona Ndungane a perfectly legitimate try against the Hurricanes that cost them the match and almost cost them a place in the Super 14 semi-finals.

After receiving counselling from Andre Watson and Freek Burger, Manuels served as a touch judge during the remainder of the Super 14, but has now been given a chance to get his career as a whistle-blower back on track.

Linston’s comeback match takes place at the Bellville Training Ground at 4pm and will take the format of three sets of 30 minute chukkas, in which all WP Currie Cup squad players will get game time.

The game will give the WP coaching staff their first good look at Argentine import Federico Peralta in a match situation. The Cape side is desperate to find a quality tighthead prop in the absence of Eddie Andrews (who’s on Springbok duty) and Neil Fullard (who’s out for the season due to injury).

Peralta is on trial with WP, but coach Kobus van der Merwe said nothing has been finalised as Peralta is still an unknown factor.

The search, however, is not limited to Peralta, as Van der Merwe has his sights on another Puma, Eusebio Guinazu. Guinazu is on tour with Argentina A in Portugal and negotiatons are underway with his agent.

WP are also currently negotiating with another tighthead, Brok Harris, who plays for the Leopards